The Triton College Testing Center provides testing services for Triton students, staff and community members, and is certified by the National College Testing Association.
Testing CenterLearning Resource Center
A Building, Room A-126
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3252
Office & Testing Hours
Office Hours (Fall and Spring)
Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m.-2 p.m.
Office Hours (Summer)
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m
Testing Hours (Fall and Spring)
Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 a.m.-Noon
Testing Hours (Summer)
Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m.-Noon
Saturday 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
All exams require valid photo identification. All exams (except placement testing) require an appointment. Appointments need to be scheduled online at least 24 hours in advance and are scheduled by the test taker. Appointments are not taken by phone or in person. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time for verification and processing. Students needing two or more exams will need to make multiple appointments. Read more about Testing Center policies.
ACCUPLACER Placement Test
The ACCUPLACER placement test has three subjects: Reading (20 questions), Math (12 to 32 questions), and Writing (20 questions). All subjects are untimed, multiple choice, and computer-based. It is recommended that testers allow 2 hours to complete the test session.
Access free ACCUPLACER study materials at https://accuplacerpractice.collegeboard.org/login (Select "Classic Practice Tests")
- Outside materials and personal calculators cannot be used on the test. A calculator icon will be available in the test platform for use on specific math questions. Scratch paper and pencil will be provided.
- Scores are valid for two years. Students may be waived from one or more placement test subjects if they have successfully completed college courses in English and/or math or have qualifying ACT or SAT scores. See below for equivalences.
- Test takers must complete a Triton College application before taking the placement test. A valid ID with the test taker's name and photo is required to test. There is no fee for the first attempt.
- Placement testing is done on a walk-in basis in the Learning Resource Center (A Building), room A-126. No appointment is required.
In addition to ACCUPLACER, all first time college students are required to take Success Navigator. Other students are highly encouraged to take the assessment. It can be completed at the Triton College Testing Center or remotely (off campus). Instructions for completing Success Navigator remotely can be found in the student portal under “quick links".
Success Navigator is an untimed assessment that measures a student’s strengths and areas of opportunity. Success Navigator results help the college better serve and prepare students for success. Results may affect academic placement. It is strongly recommended that you have your ACT/SAT scores and high school GPA available for this assessment.
Success Navigator FAQs
What is Success Navigator?
Success Navigator is an untimed online tool that assesses a student’s non-cognitive skills that are not typically measured by a standardized placement test, such as academic skills, commitment, self-management and social support.
Who needs to take Success Navigator?
All first time college students are required to take Success Navigator as part of the placement test process.
How long is Success Navigator?
Success Navigator is approximately 90 multiple choice questions. It is recommended that students allow 20 to 30 minutes to complete the assessment.
What are the steps to complete Success Navigator?
The assessment can be completed on campus at the Triton College Testing Center (A-Building, Room A-126) or off campus. Instructions for completing Success Navigator off campus can be found in the
student portal under “quick links”.
Why does Triton require students to take Success Navigator?
Success Navigator helps the college better serve and prepare students for success by identifying their strengths, needs, and opportunities for development.
Do Success Navigator results affect course placement?
Success Navigator results may affect academic placement by increasing a student’s course level placement (via multiple measures) and/or may determine placement into Triton’s COL 102 Learning Frameworks of College Success course.
Test takers are allotted one retest per year, per ACCUPLACER subject, any time after 7 days from your first test date. A retest fee of $10 per subject (or $25 for all three subjects) must be paid to the cashier's office prior to testing. Bring your receipt to the testing office as proof of payment. There is no retesting for Success Navigator.
Placement Test Waiver
Students may be exempt from one or more placement test subjects if they meet any of the following requirements and submit the required documentation.
- ACT scores: English (20 or higher), Mathematics (22 or higher), and/or Reading (20 or higher) within the last two years
- SAT scores: Reading and Writing (480 or higher on Evidence Based Reading/Writing), and/or Mathematics (530 or higher/26.5 or higher) within the last two years
- Grade of “C” or higher in a college level English and/or Mathematics course from a regionally accredited institution (Also waived from Success Navigator requirement)
- AP scores (3 or higher): English and/or Mathematics
- IB scores (4 or higher): English and/or Mathematics
Illinois Seal of Biliteracy in English Language within last three years
Testing services include placement test, CLEP, TEAS, CASAS, DSST, AP Exams credit evaluation, prior learning assessment, and proctoring services.
Online Course Testing
Triton students who need to take an exam for their online class at the Triton College Testing Center are required to schedule an appointment online at least 24 hours in advance. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time for verification and processing. Students needing two or more exams will need to make multiple appointments. When scheduling an appointment, select your course and test from the list of exams.
Triton students who need to take a make-up exam for their class at the Triton College Testing Center are required to schedule an appointment online at least 24 hours in advance. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time for verification and processing. Students needing two or more exams will need to make multiple appointments. When scheduling an appointment, select "make-up."
Proctored Tests (Non-Triton Students)
Non-Triton students interested in having an exam proctored at the Triton College Testing Center need to follow the proctor exam process of their home institution. Proctored exams require approval from the test candidate's home institution, approval from the Triton College Testing Center, and a scheduled appointment with the Triton College Testing Center. It is recommended that students start this process early. Students are responsible for meeting their own test deadlines and ensuring that the Triton College Testing Center is in possession of their exam before their scheduled exam date. Proctor appointments fill quickly and may not be available during high-volume testing periods. When scheduling an appointment, select "Proctored Services (non-Triton)." For additional information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-456-0300 ext. 3252.
Effective July 1, 2018: Triton will charge a $20.00 proctor services fee for each exam attempt. Test candidates should check in at the Testing Center front desk on the day of their exam for specific payment instructions.
Remote ACCUPLACER Testing (Non-Triton Students)
Non-Triton students who wish to take their home institution's ACCUPLACER placement test at the Triton College Testing Center should contact their home institution to begin this process. Remote testing requires approval from the test candidate's home institution, approval from the Triton College Testing Center, and a scheduled appointment with the Triton College Testing Center. Appointment slots fill quickly. It is recommended that students start this process early. When scheduling an appointment, select "Remote Testing (ACCUPLACER for non-Triton)." For additional information, contact email@example.com or 708-456-0300 ext. 3252.
Effective July 1, 2018: Triton will charge a $20.00 remote testing fee. Test candidates should check in at the Testing Center front desk on the day of their exam for specific payment instructions.
The Testing Center administers the Illinois and U.S. Constitution test those who need to meet a graduation or high school equivalency requirement. Test takers will receive their results the same day of their exam. Verification letters of passing results are available upon request.
Triton Proficiency Exams
The Testing Center offers proficiency exams for Spanish, Chemistry, and Music subjects. Qualifying scores on these exams may allow a student to become registration eligible for corresponding subject courses at Triton College.
Prior Assessment Learning
Prior Learning Credit is defined as credit awarded for demonstrated college-level learning gained through work, traditional and nontraditional educational experiences and other life experiences. The learning must be relevant to the student’s selected course of study at Triton College. Prior Learning Credit may be awarded through one or more of the following means:
Advanced Placement (AP)
Students may be granted college credit through successful completion of any of the Advance Placement (AP) tests of the College Entrance Examination Board. Triton College grants credit for Advanced Placement examinations on which a student scores 3 or higher.
Students are responsible for submitting their scores to the Record Evaluator’s Office and for petitions requesting the granting of such credit. Credit awarded in this manner will be added to the semester hours earned but not the semester hours attempted or the grade points. Students must score the required score set by the department.
Students planning to transfer as part of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) should note that passing scores on appropriate AP exams may be used to fulfill general education core requirements for students only if an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science degree is earned prior to transfer.
In order to receive credit for an accepted AP exam, an official transcript must be ordered from CollegeBoard and sent to the Triton College. To order a transcript, visit CollegeBoard at www.collegeboard.com/ap. Score reports sent directly to a student’s home can be accepted provided they remain in the sealed envelope.
The Advanced Placement Guidelines will be used for students who have Advanced Placement scores evaluated for credit at Triton College.
CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems)
CASAS tests assess a student's skill levels needed for success in the workplace, community, and family and establishes measurable goals and learning outcomes. CASAS is used at Triton College to help all potential students entering the English as a Second Language (ESL) program. ESL courses are designed to help non–native English speakers develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.
Triton College offers six levels of ESL instruction from very basic to advance.
Steps to Enroll
- Come to the Adult Education Office located in the A-Building, Room A-203
- Fill out the Intake Form with a Picture ID
- Take the CASAS Test
- Sign up for a Placement Test to determine correct level placement
CLEP (College-Level Examination Program)
The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a group of credit-by-examinations tests used to assess college-level knowledge obtained through prior learning and life experience. CLEP offers students the opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency in subject areas and bypass undergraduate coursework. More than 2,900 colleges and universities accept CLEP scores and award college credit for passing scores.
Qualifying scores may vary by institution and exam. Candidates are encouraged to check with their credit-granting institution to verify that the exam will meet their curriculum needs.
Triton College follows the guidelines of the Illinois Community College Board in accepting credit from the general examinations of College-Level Examination Program.
Registration, Scheduling, and Payment
Taking a CLEP exam requires a CLEP registration ticket, an appointment at the Triton College Testing Center and payment for exams.
- To obtain a registration ticket, create an account at http://clep.collegeboard.org/register/exam and pay the exam fee of $85 per title.
- Payment of $15 per test – payable to Triton College by cash, credit card, check, or money order. Payment is made at the Cashier’s Office (B-130), before checking in at the Testing Center front desk (A-126).
- Schedule an appointment with The Triton College Testing Center. Most CLEP exams are 90 minutes in length. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
Effective July 1, 2018, the CLEP exam fee will be $87. Test takers who purchase their registration tickets on or after that date will be charged the new fee. Registration tickets purchased before July 1, 2018, will still be valid until their stated expiration dates. Exams taken on or after July 1, 2018 will also be charged a $20 test administration fee.
Visit the CLEP website at http://clep.collegeboard.org/ for test samples and study resources. In addition, the CLEP Official Study Guide is available at the Triton College Library Circulation Desk.
What to bring to the test
Candidates must bring their CLEP registration ticket and provide one form of valid photo identification in order to be admitted into the testing room. The primary identification must be current, must bear the test-taker’s full name in English language characters, and must contain a recognizable photograph and signature.
Military test takers should bring their military ID and Social Security card. Home schoolers who do not have the required government issued ID should visit the CLEP website at https://clep.collegeboard.org/exam-day-info to complete a Student ID Form. This form is valid for one year and must be accompanied by a recognizable photo with a school or notary seal overlapping the photo.
Test scores/Requesting Credit
Candidates will receive immediate test results by viewing their unofficial score report at the end of their testing session, except exams with essays.
In order to earn credits for your qualifying CLEP exam score at Triton College, the Triton College Testing Center must receive an official score transcript from CLEP and the candidate must fill out a general petition. Petitions can be obtained from the Testing Center or the Welcome Center and should be submitted to the Testing Center.
Candidates are eligible to retest three months after their last test date in the same CLEP title(s).
DSSTs (formerly DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) are credit-by-examination tests used to measure knowledge acquired from prior learning. The DSST program is an extensive series of 38 examinations in college subject areas that are comparable to the final or end-of-course examinations in college courses. DSSTs offer students a cost-effective, time-saving way to accomplish their educational goals. More than 2,000 colleges and universities recognize the DSST program and award college credit for passing scores.
Prior to taking any DSST exam, candidates are encouraged to check with their credit-granting institution to verify that the exam will meet their curriculum needs.
Visit the DSST website at getcollegecredit.com for review materials.
Registration and Payment
To take a DSST exam, you must schedule an appointment at the Triton College Testing Center and pay for exams. Exams are two hours in length and are computer-based. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to make your payment to the cashier and to check in at the Testing Center (Room A-126).
- Candidates must make two payments to take a DSST exam.
- Pay the exam fee of $85 per test (paid at the time you take your exam; credit or debit card only).
- Pay the administrative fee of $15 per test (payable to Triton College by cash, credit card, check, or money order). Payment is made to the cashier before checking in at the Testing Center front desk (A-126).
Effective July 1, 2018: the DSST administration fee will increase to $20.00.
Members of the military can visit www.getcollegecredit.com for exam fee and funding information.
What to bring to the test
In addition to exam fees, a valid photo ID is required. Acceptable identification includes driver’s licenses, state/military IDs, or a current passport. All testing supplies will be provided. If you have previously taken a DSST exam, you will need to know your user ID and password prior to arriving to take your test.
Test Scores/Requesting Credit
Candidates will receive immediate test results by viewing their unofficial score report at the end of the testing session. Test results can also be viewed at http://getcollegecredit.com/scores_transcripts by entering the username and password created when the test was taken.
If you want an official transcript of your scores sent to a college or university, you must provide the correct DSST code number of the school on your answer sheet at the time you take the exam. Prior to taking your exam, go to http://getcollegecredit.com/institutions/search/ to find the DSST code number for the school where you would like your score report sent.
If no code is entered at the time of testing, there is a charge of a $30 transcript fee to send scores to your college.
In order to earn credits for your qualifying DSST exam score at Triton College, the Triton College Testing Center must receive an official score transcript from DSST and the candidate must fill out a general petition. Petitions can be obtained from the Testing Center or the Welcome Center and should be submitted to the Testing Center.
Candidates must wait 90 days from their last test date to retest on the same DSST title(s). Any attempts to retest on the same title in less than the specified time will automatically generate an invalid score report.
TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills)
The TEAS consists of four parts (Reading, Math, Science, and English/Language Usage) and the total test time is 209 minutes. The Testing Center is administering the ATI TEAS on the dates listed below.
Applicants for admission to the Triton College Nursing Program are welcome to take the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills).
How to Register
- Set up a student account at: http://www.atitesting.com.
- Schedule your test date and pay the required test fee online at http://www.atitesting.com. Applicants will not be permitted to register on the day of examination.
- Arrive at the Testing Center (A-126) with receipt and proper ID (valid government-issued photo ID with a signature) on your scheduled test date and time. Students without proper ID will not be permitted to test and will be responsible for repaying for and rescheduling a new test. No admission will be allowed once testing begins.
The Academic Success Center offers TEAS informational sessions, tutoring and TEAS study materials. For additional information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3341.
Official TEAS study materials are available at the Library Circulation Desk under Nursing Resource materials. The study manuals are kept on reserve and are for in-library use only. For additional information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3215 or 3216.
Additional study material is available for purchase at http://www.atitesting.com and the Triton College bookstore.
Scores and Retest Policy
Examinees will receive immediate test results at the end of their testing session. Examinees are eligible to test three times within a two-year period. There is a 30-day wait period between retakes. Triton College accepts passing TEAS scores from other colleges; test scores are valid for two years and must be valid on the date the application is submitted. Students may request a transcript of their scores from ATI at http://www.atitesting.com. Any scores submitted will count as an attempt.
As of Aug. 31, 2016, an updated version of TEAS (“ATI TEAS”) will be administered for all registered test candidates. This version of the exam allows the use of a four-function calculator that is built into the test software. Outside calculators are not allowed. Test candidates preparing for this version of the exam should use the new ATI TEAS preparation materials.
WorkKeys is a series of exams used to measure skills for various job-related proficiencies and requirements, including the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). Testing requires a current and valid photo identification (driver’s license, state ID, passport, student ID with photograph) and a scheduled appointment.
Note: Test takers will need to know which specific WorkKeys subjects they need to complete. If unsure, test takers should contact their organization/company prior to their test date for clarification.
Effective July 1, 2018, the Triton College Testing Center will charge a fee for each WorkKeys test title. Test candidates should check in at the Testing Center front desk on the day of their exam for specific payment instructions.
- Applied Math ($27.00)
- Workplace Documents ($27.00)
- Graphic Literacy ($27.00)
- Business Writing ($35.00)
National Career Readiness Certificate
To receive the National Career Readiness Certificate, test takers need to earn qualifying scores in three subjects: Applied Math, Workplace Documents, and Graphic Literacy. Additional information on NCRC.
WorkKeys Preparation materials. For additional information about WorkKeys preparation materials, call WorkKeys customer service at 800-967-5539.
Score reports are available at the end of your testing session (except for Business Writing). Score reports are also available at myworkkeys.com. Check with your company/organization for qualifying scores. Business Writing scores are available approximately three to 5 days after the date of testing.
Candidates who complete the National Career Readiness Certificate test package with qualifying scores can access their NCRC certificate at myworkkeys.com approximately one week after the date of testing.
Test takers are eligible to retest after 30 days.
Placement Test FAQs
What is the college placement test?
The primary goal for Triton College is to provide opportunities for students to be successful. To support this success, the college placement test is the tool used to help determine appropriate course placement for new students. Triton College uses the ACCUPLACER as its placement exam. The test assesses students’ skills in mathematics, reading, and writing. All first-time college students will also be required to take Success Navigator.
Do I need to take the placement test?
All new students enrolling in college credit courses at Triton College are required to complete college placement exams.
How does the placement test impact my success at Triton?
The placement exam is designed to help students to become more aware of their academic strengths in the areas of mathematics, reading, and writing. Each of these skills may be necessary to our students’ success in the classroom. Using the placement results, students will be able to make more informed decisions about course selection in consultation with their counselor. Please note that placement test results alone do not determine a student’s overall success at Triton College.
How long are test scores valid?
Test scores are valid for two years from the date of the testing.
Can I retake the placement test if I don’t like my scores?
Test takers are allotted one retest per year, per subject, any time after 7 days from your first test date. A retest fee of $10.00 per subject (or $25.00 for all three subjects) must be paid to the cashier's office prior to testing. Bring your receipt to the testing office as proof of payment.
How can I qualify for a waiver of the placement test?
Students may receive a waiver of all or a portion of the placement exam requirement. Placement test waiver form.
How can I prepare for the placement test?
Access free ACCUPLACER study materials at https://accuplacerpractice.collegeboard.org/login (Select "Classic Practice Tests")
Is there a fee for the placement test?
The first placement test is offered at no cost to students. However, students will be required to pay a fee to retake the exam.
How long does it take to complete the test?
The test has no time limit, though we recommend allocating approximately 2-2 ½ hours to complete the full placement exam.
How can I receive accommodations to take the placement test?
Students who desire accommodations should first contact Triton’s Center for Access and Accommodative Services (CAAS) prior to going to the Testing Center. CAAS staff will then work to ensure that appropriate accommodations are provided so that students will have an optimal testing experience.
Do I have to take all three subject placement tests at the same time?
While we strongly encourage students to complete all of the subject tests at one time, they may decide to take the tests on different dates. Students will need to notify testing staff prior to examination of the tests that they desire to take on a given day.