Placement Testing Information - Southwestern Illinois College

NEW: Starting October 3rd, SWIC will being using the ALEKS PPL assessment for math placement.

PLEASE NOTE – All students should contact Academic Advising ( to determine placement testing needs. After talking with an academic advisor and the SWIC Placement Test is still needed, students may walk-in for on-campus, same-day testing or schedule a remote online appointment. Remote placement test appointments are available and are scheduled on a first-come, first-filled basis. Please give 48-hours notice for a remote appointment request.


SWIC placement testing is a computer-based placement tool that identifies skill levels in math, reading and writing usage. Students should talk with an academic advisor prior to seeking placement testing. Multiple Measure information is also available.

Students should plan on approximately 3 hours for the full exam (English and Math). Up to 3 hours is available for the Math portion; the English portion is untimed.


SWIC has prepared a placement test page for resources to help you practice and prepare prior to testing.

The Belleville, Red Bud and Sam Wolf Granite City campuses offer the Placement Test on a walk-in basis.  Visit the Testing Center Hours & Locations for available days and times.

If you need the SWIC placement test , please arrive early to allow sufficient time to take the test and obtain other college services (i.e., academic advising, registration, financial aid, etc.) after the test.


  • A SWIC student ID number is required for SWIC placement testing.
  • For help getting your SWIC ID number, submit the New Student Information Form. If you need assistance receiving your Student ID Number, contact Enrollment Services at 618-235-2700, ext. 5455.
  • You must present a valid photo ID when you arrive for the exam.
  • Test takers are responsible for adhering to all Testing Center Guidelines.