FAQ

  • Testing Center

    What is placement testing?
    Placement testing measures your skill levels in English and math. Keep in mind – these are not entrance exams. You cannot pass or fail. These exams simply show your current academic skill level so your advisor can assist you in selecting the most appropriate courses.
    How are the tests administered?
    The placement tests are computerized, adaptive tests. Adaptive testing means the computer will adjust the difficulty level of each question based on your performance on the previous question. Alternate delivery methods, such as audio version of the exam and large-print paper and pencil exams are available for students with a documented disability.
    Are the tests timed?
    The tests are multiple-choice and are not timed. Most students complete both English and math exams in fewer than two (2) hours, but are allowed as much time as needed.
    When will I know the results of my tests?
    Since the test is adaptive, your performance is continually monitored and tabulated throughout the exam. The placement results are available immediately after testing.
    Can I use a dictionary, thesaurus or calculator during the exam?
    A dictionary, thesaurus or calculator is not allowed during the placement exams. Scratch paper and pencils are provided.
    How do I take a placement exam?
    Before testing, students must complete a Morton College New Student Information Form. Once you have submitted this form to the Office of Admission and records, you may schedule a placement testing appointment by calling the Academic Advising Center at (708) 656-8000, Ext. 2250.
    Where is the Testing Center located?
    The Testing Center is located in the Student Success Center (SSC) in rooms 233C/234C.
    What are the Testing Center hours?
    Placement exams are offered by appointment only at various times throughout the week. Our typical testing schedule is Monday – 5pm, Tuesday – 1pm and Wednesday through Friday – 9am. The schedule may vary at times due to staff or room availability. Please call (708) 656-8000, Ext. 2250 for the upcoming scheduled dates and times.
    Can I use the placement results from another college or university?
    Morton College does not accept placement test results from other colleges or universities.
    Is there a fee to take the placement exams?
    The initial placement test is offered free of charge. However, a $10.00 retesting fee applies to all exam retakes.
    Can I retake the placement exam if I am unhappy with the initial results?
    Applicants are allowed two (2) attempts to achieve the minimum scores on the exam before beginning their course sequence. There os no charge for the first exam but there is a $10.00 retesting fee to retake the placement exam. This fee applies to all students regardless of major or program of study.
    Can I retest after starting an English or math course sequence?
    No, students are not allowed to retest once they begin their course sequence. The only exception is if the student has not been enrolled in the course sequence in two (2) or more years.
    How long are the placement test results valid?
    The placement results are valid for two (2) years from the date of exam administration.
    Are there special tests for specific programs at Morton College?
    Yes, prospective nursing applicants must complete a nursing admission exam. This exam must be completed on specific nurse testing dates and only during the application period for the year that you are seeking admission. Please refer to the Nursing Program Admission Application for a list of test dates.
    Does the Testing Center proctor other types of exams?
    The Testing Center proctors various exams for community residents enrolled in distance learning programs. The tests can be online or paper and pencil versions. Exams are proctored during our regular testing schedule hours. For more information regarding proctoring services, please call (708) 656-8000, Ext. 2358.