Placement Testing Information - Southwestern Illinois College

Multiple Measures information is also available. 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 appointment. Remote placement test appointments are available and are scheduled on a first-come, first-filled basis. Remote placement tests must be scheduled 48 hours in advance.

ABOUT the SWIC Placement assessment

SWIC placement testing is a computer-based placement tool that identifies skill levels in math, reading and writing.

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.


  1. A SWIC student ID number is required for SWIC placement testing.
  2. 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.
  3. You must present a valid photo ID when you arrive for the exam.
  4. Test takers are responsible for adhering to all Testing Center Guidelines.
  5. The full placement test (English and Math) takes approximately 3 hours to complete.
  6. The English placement test is not timed. The ALEKS Math Assessment has a 3-hour timeline.
  7. The last full placement test is given 3 hours prior to the closing hours of the Testing Center.  A partial exam is given 1 ½ hours prior to the closing hours of the Testing Center. 
  8. It is recommended that you plan ahead and arrive early to allow yourself sufficient time to take the test and obtain other college services (i.e. academic advising, registration, financial aid, etc.) after completing the placement test.
  9. Test takers who require testing accommodations should first contact the Disability & Access Center.