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Placement exams serve 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 exams are made available to all incoming students, but you should take only the ones you need to take.
If you never studied a particular subject, you don't need to take its placement test. To enroll in a subject that is completely new to you, you will simply register for its elementary-level course.
For Spring 2018 course enrollment:
Learn more about placement testing.
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 and, if you choose to continue studying the subject, you can skip the lower-level course to begin studying at a higher level. If you choose NOT to continue studying the subject, you still get the course credit, which counts towards graduation.
Learn more about proficiency testing and course credit.