Registration Information

Registration and withdrawal dates and class schedules are available on the website. In order to register, a student must have an application on file and complete new student orientation requirements, or have attended Oakton within the last three years. Students who have been away for more than three years must submit a new application.

A student who owes the college money for unpaid tuition or fees, parking fines, loans, failure to return College property, or similar reasons will be denied the right to register, revise class schedules, or have official transcripts sent to transfer institutions.


Advising is strongly recommended prior to initial registration at Oakton. Continuing students should seek advising regularly because of changes in individual goals, transfer institution expectations and Oakton degree and certificate requirements.

Students are classified as full-time for the fall, spring, or summer semester if they are enrolled for at least 12 credit hours for that semester. Students enrolled for 1-11 credit hours are classified as part-time.

For information on advising, call the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success at 847-635-1700 (Des Plaines) or 847-635-1400 (Skokie).


The following groups of students are required to take placement tests before registering for classes:

  • New students under 21 years old are required to take English and math placement tests before they attend mandatory orientation (to assist in educational planning and advising).
  • All degree-seeking students – i.e., students planning to earn an associate degree and/or transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a bachelor’s degree – must take placement tests.
  • New full-time students are required to take English and math placement tests before they register for their first course.
  • Students who wish to enroll in a math or composition course or courses with math or composition prerequisites are required to have placements.

Students may be exempted from placement tests by meeting the requirements below:

ACT English: A score of 20 or higher on the ACT English. This places a student directly into EGL 101.

ACT Reading: A score of 20 or higher on the ACT reading test, unless a specific reading test is required for a limited enrollment program.

SAT Reading and Writing: A score of 480 or higher on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing test, unless a specific reading test is required for a limited enrollment program.

ACT/SAT Math: ACT or SAT test scores will be used to place a student into the appropriate math course (tests must be taken within the past two years). 

High School Math: For high school graduates from the Maine, Glenbrook, Niles, and Evanston Districts, as well as North Ridge Preparation High School, a combination of ACT/SAT test scores (tests must be taken within past two years) and successful completion of specific high school mathematics courses. For information, contact the mathematics assessment coordinator at or 847-376-7110.

Prior College Coursework: Students who have completed 60 credit hours or earned a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university with a 2.0 or higher grade point average are exempt from placement testing unless they want to take a class that has a prerequisite. Additionally, students who have completed college-level coursework can contact the Developmental English Coordinator at or 847-376-7013 to possibly be exempt from reading placement.

Successful Completion of English and/or Math Courses at Another College/University: Students with credit in either EGL 101 or an equivalent course with a grade of C or better are exempt from the English placement test. For the purpose of math placement, college transcripts are evaluated by the math placement coordinator. Any student wishing to take a math course that is not within their placement after this transcript evaluation must pass the placement test with the appropriate score to earn the desired placement.

High School GPA: Students with a 2.75 unweighted cumulative high school grade point average will receive an EGL 101 writing placement and will not require reading coursework. Eligible students must be recent high school graduates, defined as graduating from an Illinois high school in the past three years.

Call the Enrollment Center at 847-635-1700 (Des Plaines) or 847-635-1400 (Skokie) to discuss the placement test waiver process.

English placement test results are valid for three years; math placement test results are valid for two years. Math placement obtained via college transcripts are valid for five years. Test results may limit course selection. Students placed on academic probation who have not taken the English placement test are required to do so before registering. There is no initial charge for taking placement tests, subsequent attempts to take a placement test may require a fee.

Testing is offered at both the Des Plaines and Skokie campuses. For a schedule and more information, go to or contact the Testing Center at 847-635-1939 (Des Plaines) or 847-635-1446 (Skokie).

Before taking placement tests, students are encouraged to prepare for the tests. More information about placement tests can be found at