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The purpose of the placement exams is to determine what your knowledge and skills are in a subject so we can then recommend an appropriate first course for you from the various options available at Illinois.
All of the online placement exams are made available to all incoming students. You only have to take the ones you need to take. Placement testing is NOT NECESSARY if you have never studied the subject. If the subject is completely new to you, you will enroll in its first semester elementary course.
The purpose of any proficiency test is to find out whether you have mastered the knowledge and the skills that are taught in a particular course well enough that you are prepared to succeed in the subject’s subsequent courses. If so, you earn credit for the course without actually taking the course.
The advantage to earning proficiency credit is that you get a "jump start" in your academic studies. If you choose to continue studying the subject, you can skip the lower-level course and begin studying at a higher level. If you don't choose to continue studying the subject, you still get the credit and it counts towards graduation.
Learn more about proficiency testing and course credit.