Test Preparation

High School Equivalency Test Preparation

Testing Services administers high school equivalency testing. The Tutoring and Learning Center provides assistance to Joliet Junior College students interested in preparing for these exams.

Virtual Placement Test Preparation

Testing Services administers English and math placement testing. The Tutoring and Learning Center provides assistance to Joliet Junior College students interested in preparing for these exams.

  • Prepare for your Virtual Placement Test

    Preparation is KEY! 

    JJC wants all students taking the Accuplacer and ALEKS placement exams for English and math placement to be successfully placed into the appropriate course. Placement test information and preparation is important for your success at the college. Here is what you need to know to prepare to take your placement tests:

    • Be well rested and get a good night's sleep before your test day.
    • Eat a good meal before coming in to test.
    • Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to test. The Accuplacer and ALEKS tests are both untimed tests, so make sure you come in with plenty of time to test so you can take your time. Visit Testing Services to view testing hours.
    • Plan your day! Get information on Testing Services locations, parking, and hours so you know where to go when you arrive on campus to take your test.
    • Did you know that the following items are not allowed in the testing center:
      • Cell phones and all electronics
      • Wearable technology such as watches, Smart Watches, and fitbits
      • Personal pens and pencils
      • Food and beverages
      • Outerwear such as coats, hats, gloves, and scarves
      • Study materials and guides
      • Backpacks, purses, and bags
    • Pencils and scratch paper will be provided for all placement tests.
    • Do you need a testing accommodation? Please visit Disability Services to make an appointment to meet with a staff member before coming in to take your placement test.


    • Before you come in to test, make sure to review Accuplacer and ALEKS test preparation materials and study guides on this page.
    • JJC's Tutoring and Learning Center provides one on one assistance for students looking to prepare to take the English and math placement tests. Tutors help students with sample ACCUPLACER essays, ALEKS prep and learning modules, and study techniques and strategies.
    • If you cannot come on campus, review prep materials at home or from any computer by visiting the sites listed on this page under each test.


    We are here to help you succeed!
    • Preparing for your placement test helps you place into the appropriate English and math course at JJC, which in turn helps you save time and money towards your college completion. Placement test preparation makes a difference in your intake process at JJC and we have a team of staff members here to help you along the way.


  • Accuplacer and ALEKS

    Accuplacer Exam

    Accuplacer Exam, produced by College Board, is a computer-based, untimed test for reading, writing, English for Academic Purposes (EAP), and geometry testing.  Accuplacer math testing may be used for some math placement testing accommodations.

    Visit the Accuplacer Student Portal to get more information on:


    ALEKS Exam

    ALEKS Exam, produced by McGraw Hill, is a computer-based, untimed math test. 

    The ALEKS exam provides robust and student-centered Prep and Learning modules to help students successfully work through on-demand math content and instruction prepared for each student based on their placement test. Students can visit the TLC to work with a tutor through their ALEKS Prep and Learning Modules.

    Access your ALEKS Prep and Learning Module here. Please note: students must have a valid JJC ALEKS placement score, ID, and email to login and access learning modules. Visit Testing Services for more information. 

    Review the Preparing to take a Math Placement Test guide (PDF) before testing.

  • ACT and SAT Scores

    Do you have ACT or SAT scores?

    JJC accepts valid ACT and SAT scores for English and math placement. If you have qualifying ACT or SAT score within the last 48 months, you may not need to take the Accuplacer and/or ALEKS placement test.

    Qualifying Scores:
    • Placement into English 101:
      • ACT English - 19
      • 2016 SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing - 480
    • Placement into Math 119, 123, 127, 128, 131, or 139:
      • ACT Math - 22
      • 2016 SAT Math - 530
    • Placement into Math 142:
      • ACT Math - 23
      • 2016 SAT Math - 590


    Vising the Admissions Department to have your official scores sent from ACT or CollegeBoard to JJC.

Virtual TEAS Preparation

Testing Services administers TEAS testing. The Tutoring and Learning Center provides live, online TEAS preparation workshops to JJC and non-JJC students. Review the information below to learn about the registration process, TEAS preparation workshop dates, and view comments from previous individuals who have attended these sessions.

  • Virtual TEAS Workshops

    Registration Process

    1. Email or call the Tutoring and Learning Center (TLC) to ensure a TEAS preparation workshop seat is available for your preferred subject(s): math, reading, science, or writing.  You may call the TLC at 815-280-2730 and leave a message or email tutoring@jjc.edu.
    2. Pay the non-refundable, non-transferrable TEAS Preparation Workshop Fee. 
      • Joliet Junior College Students

        • TEAS preparation workshops are free to JJC students who are enrolled in the previous, current, or next semester.  Once registered, JJC students will receive an email with the following information:

          • Confirmation of date and time of workshop(s), 

          • Invitation to online meeting space, and

          • iCampus invitation to view TEAS preparation study materials.

      • Non-Joliet Junior College Students

        • Non-JJC students must pay $25.00 per workshop.  Workshops are organized by subject: math, reading, science, or writing.

        • Once payment has been received over the phone, and the TLC has received proof of purchase, TEAS preparation study materials and invitation to online meeting space will be emailed to your personal email.

    3. You will not need to provide a copy of receipt to attend TEAS Preparation Workshop; your name will appear on the roster.
    4. Only those individuals on the roster will be allowed to attend.  Drop-ins are not allowed, and workshop registration is not transferrable.

    Last updated April 28, 2020

  • TEAS virtual preparation workshop dates, times, and subjects


    To register, please email your preferred workshop dates to:


    July 13 @ 2:00 pm

    August 10 @ 5:00 pm


    June 23 @ 1:00 pm

    July 28 @ 5:00 pm

    August 24 @ 1:00 pm


    July 13 @ 3:30 pm

    August 10 @ 6:30 pm


    June 23 @ 2:30 pm

    July 28 @ 6:30 pm

    August 24 @ 2:30 pm


  • Student Comments about TEAS preparation workshops

    All TEAS Preparation Workshop participants were surveyed about their experience with the preparation sessions.  Below are some of their comments.

    "It was great!" - Nursing Student Candidate

    "This was a great way to start studying." - Nursing Student Candidate

    "This was a really good workshop.  I hope they continue offering them." - Radiologic Technology Student Candidate

    "I now have a better idea of what to study." - Nursing Student Candidate

    "The strategies for test taking were most helpful." - Nursing Student Candidate

    "The small class size made it relaxed yet informative."Nursing Student Candidate

    "The environment was comfortable and it was easy to ask questions." - Radiologic Technology Student Candidate

    "The tutor went through problems step by step." - Veterinary Medical Technology Student Candidate

    "The review was helpful and available at an inexpensive rate." - Nursing Student Candidate 

    "I like that the tutor provided plenty of practice problems for each section." - Nursing Student Candidate

    "What I liked most was the small class size." - Radiologic Technology

    "I like that there was plenty of time to ask the tutor questions." - Nursing Student Candidate

    "The information provided was great!  Having taken the TEAS, I was able to have a different perspective and ask appropriate questions." - Nursing Student Candidate

    "The tutor was nice, very willing to answer questions, and gave good examples." - Nursing Student Candidate

    "I really liked having the sample test and problems to work on.  I also liked the way the tutor presented the workshop." - Nursing Student Candidate

    "PowerPoints were loaded with a lot of helpful information.  I liked that we practiced in the session what we reviewed." - Radiologic Technology Student Candidate