English Placement Testing

Students looking to take an English class or New Degree Seeking students will need to take the English assessment.  Placement needs to be taken at the Testing Center, A148.

Frequently Asked Questions

All newdegree-seeking students are required to demonstrate initial placement levels in Writing, Reading, Math and Geometry upon entry to the College in order to register for their first semester.

Additionally, any student wishing to register for English and/or Math courses may also need to demonstrate specific placement levels in order to satisfy a particular course prerequisite.

Yes, Students will be asked to provide a written response to a text they will read.  How they respond and engage the text will be reviewed by the English faculty rating the exam for reading comprehension.

Yes!  Students who provide a high school transcript (it does NOT need not be the final transcript - seventh-semester is permitted) showing a minimum, overall high school GPA of 3.0/4.0 or 4.0/5.0 will place directly into ENG 101.

Students who complete the Harper English Test may also use their high school GPA to improve their placement, if needed.

Yes!  Students can place into ENG 101 through ACT scores if they scored a minimum of 20 on the ACT Reading AND a minimum of 19 on the ACT English sub-scores.

Yes! Students can place into ENG 101 with a minimum score of 510 on the Evidence-based Reading and Writing sub-section of the SAT exam. 

You will be asked to respond to a reading passage using your best English writing. Topics will change periodically.

Students who do not achieve ENG 101 placement through ACT scores or high school GPA will complete the Harper English Test to determine placement.

No. Faculty who rate the responses will be reviewing the quality of the responses rather than the quantity.

We expect most students to use 30-60 minutes for the Harper English Test.

Successful students will carefully consider the writing task and respond thoughtfully.

No.  Students may take the Harper English Test ONE time before starting coursework.

Students who have not enrolled in any courses one academic year after testing will have the opportunity to test again.

Yes. Persons with disabilities who may require accommodations should contact Access and Disability Services (ADS) in Building I, Room 103, or telephone at 847.925.6266 (voice callers) or 224.836.5048 (videophone for Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing callers).

Yes. Persons with disabilities who may require accommodations should contact Access and Disability Services in Building I, Room 103, or telephone at 847.925.6266 (voice callers) or 224.836.5048 (videophone for Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing callers).

Each Harper English Test response is rated by two Harper faculty members. If needed, a third faculty member will rate the essay to be certain the student is accurately placed.

You should do your best to produce an error-free document.

A valid photo ID is required for placement testing.  You will not be permitted to test without appropriate identification.  Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • Driver's license
  • State/Government ID
  • School Photo ID
  • Passport
  • Other ID card which includes both your name and photo
  • Relax→ The test is designed to help so that you can enroll in courses that are best suited for you. It is not pass/fail, and it is not timed.
  • Concentrate on the test→ Focus on test questions and tune out distractions. You want to make the most out of your testing opportunity.
  • Make sure you understand the directions→ Information is provided before you begin each section of the test, so make sure you read all directions. If you have questions, ask a member of the Testing Center staff.
  • Do your best→ Use your knowledge, logic and common sense to work through the question, and have confidence in your ability to determine the best answer.

By the end of the next day (or by Monday if tested on Friday), placement results will be posted to the Test Score and Course Eligibility section of the MyHarper Student Portal. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm that the essay has been scored PRIOR to scheduling Orientation/Advising.

Students will be placed into the English classes that will help them develop the skills needed for success in college. We strongly encourage you to discuss your results with a counselor or advisor as an important first step in understanding your placement.

In extreme circumstances, students may appeal to the English Department Co-Chairs. However, we strongly encourage you to discuss your results with a counselor or advisor as an important first step in understanding your placement and what it means.  Our goal is to help all students be successful in college and it’s not uncommon for students to place into courses that will help prepare them for ENG 101.