Assessment Center

Placement Review Sessions for
Incoming Students

August 4 - September 12:
10:00 a.m. - 1:50 p.m. & 3:00 - 6:50 p.m. in Room 2264

August 4 - September 12:
10:00 a.m. - 1:50 p.m. & 3:00 - 6:50 p.m. in Room 5183

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We are unable to give test results to parents or over the phone. Family Privacy Act requires results be given directly to the student or a designated representative of the student.

What is the Assessment Center?
We are here to help organize the needs of the students that are based upon measured results. All kinds of testing goes on here - placement, personality, career interests, to name a few. The Assessment Center also proctors exams for other colleges, gives departmental tests, and in general, helps students find out how they've done and what that means.
Placement Testing

SSC requires students who intend to pursue a degree or certificate to take a COMPASS® college placement test (computerized, un-timed test) in reading, English, and mathematics. This is not an entrance exam. It is a placement exam to ensure that all new students are placed into courses which are appropriate to their skill level. If the results indicate, an applicant is required to take the College Preparatory classes during their first semester and continue in subsequent semesters until all required work is completed. A placement into RDG080 and RDG081 restricts student registration to certain courses.

Frequently Asked Questions about COMPASS® Testing

For more information on COMPASS®, including sample questions, visit the COMPASS® web site. Their site gives some general information about the assessment as well as review questions that students will find helpful in preparing for the test.

Taking the Placement Test
  • Submit an SSC application to Admissions and Records
  • Review for the placement testing using the resources provided above
  • Check the testing schedule ( Testing Schedule online or in Admissions)
  • Visit Room 2266 and request Placement Testing
Placement Test Results and Follow-Up

After you complete your placement tests, your results will tell you which courses you are ready to take. You are required to take these placement courses in order to get the skills you will need for college work. You need to sign up for a two-hour orientation after testing during which you will be introduced to the college in more detail, learn about SSC's programs and services, have your assessment results interpreted for you and have any other questions you might have answered.

Your orientation counselor will be able to answer your placement questions. You may also petition a faculty member in the subject of placement that you think is not appropriate. Please ask the assessment personnel, or your orientation counselor, for the procedures and phone extensions that you will need.

SSC administers and accepts CLEP credit. College-Level Examination Program can be a good way to earn credit from training completed elsewhere but relevant to your educational objectives. For CLEP, you must contact the Assessment Center, room 2266, Ext. 2495, but you can fill out the application and get general information regarding the program by visiting CLEP.

The CLEP and DANTES examination programs are methods by which college credit may be earned for prior knowledge acquired through independent study, non-academic classes, the armed forces, or onthe-job experiences.

SSC accepts 15 hours of CLEP or DANTES credits towards degree and certificate programs. General credit may be awarded for the following examinations: English, natural sciences, humanities and social science-history. Course credit may be awarded for subject exams. CLEP and DANTES credit will be posted on the student’s academic record after successfully completing six (6) semester hours at SSC, providing the student has maintained a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average. In some instances, CLEP and/or DANTES credit may be posted prior to the completion of the six credit hour requirement to satisfy course prerequisite requirements. Students must achieve the minimum score requirement established by SSC to qualify for CLEP/DANTES credit. Minimum scores required vary between subjects. The cost for taking an exam is $65 plus an additional processing fee of $25. The cost for taking a DANTES exam is $60 plus an additional processing fee of $25.

If you are considering which test you might take in order to earn credit from previous training or experience, please check out both sites for subject areas. DANTES also has practice tests available for a modest fee. SSC gives the DANTES tests, also.

Other Tests Available on Campus
Also available at the Assessment Center:
  • AP - College Credit for Advanced Placement Exams

The Business & Career Institute (BCI) of South Suburban College offers computer-based certification and licensure examinations for many sponsoring organizations in a comfortable, secure and dependable environment.

Career Testing

There are several widely accepted and very helpful interest inventories and personality measures that are used by counselors to help with making career-related decisions.

In order to take one of these, it is necessary to make an appointment with a counselor (Call Counseling, Ext. 2306) and obtain a permit. A permit simply indicates to the Assessment Center personnel which inventory or personality measure your counselor has decided will help you the most.

Educational Testing Service (ETS)
Since you are at this site, you are obviously looking for something related to assessment or testing. This is a huge domain. One of the most valuable sites we've found is Educational Testing Service which provides an exhaustive list of ETS testing links as well as listing references and materials. If you're looking for a test that we don't list above, try this site first.
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Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Contact Information

Main Campus, Room 2266
708-596-2000 ext. 2495

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