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(217) 244-4437


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Information for Academic Advisors (last updated May 15, 2018)



  1. Remember, ALEKS PPL scores dated February 11 through April 15 are NOT valid for Fall 2018 math course enrollment.
  2. There are extensive changes to the "less commonly studied languages" page. There are now 39 languages that students can test in, including such languages as Marathi, Gujarati, and Kannada. Some tests do have a fee, and this is clearly indicated.
  3. The Chinese Placement Test is now available online for both incoming students and currently enrolled students who need a course placement for Mandarin studies. This test DOES NOT serve to fulfill the Gen Ed LOTE requirement! It is strictly for course enrollment purposes.
  • Students first register themselves for the test at
  • Students then must make sure their computer will capture their responses by doing the Technology Check.
  • They must complete the test in one sitting, including writing the short essay. Students will see their course placement upon completion of the exam and will need to either print that page or log back in to show you which course they placed into. Chinese Placement Test results will not be posted in the PNP Student Profile for Summer Registration. We hope to have that functionality in Fall semester.

ACT and SAT Scores

Because the State of Illinois awarded the contract for college admissions testing of public high school juniors to the College Board rather than to ACT, Inc., more incoming students will be submitting SAT scores than in past years. This affects both chemistry placement and Rhetoric placement. You will see that some students have only ACT scores, others will have only SAT scores, and some students will have taken both tests.

When a particular test is taken multiple times, the highest score is used for course placement and proficiency. However, when multiple tests are taken, the student's scores might generate conflicting messages. For example, a student might earn RHET 105 credit based on their ACT score and yet be placed into RHET 105 based on their SAT score. An international student might get the "EPT Required" designation yet have RHET 105 credit based on the ACT or SAT test. Test-based credit will appear on a student's academic record regardless of contradictory placement messages.

If your student has contradictory placement messages, assure them that test-based credit is not taken away. However, they should probably avail themselves of campus resources that help students improve their academic writing skills even though they don't have to take a 'Composition I' course.

It is not permitted for currently enrolled undergraduate students to take the ACT or SAT now, aas college students, in an attempt to earn RHET 105 credit. This policy appears in the Academic Catalog. Look under "Degree Requirements" and, within that section, the "Written Communication Requirement" for undergraduates.

The ACT and the SAT, and the AP and IB exams too, are written for and statistically normed on high school students. Although test scores will be evaluated for course placement and possible proficiency credit whenever they are received -- for example, it is okay for a junior or senior to send in their AP scores that were never sent when they first enrolled as a freshman -- the tests themselves have to have been taken prior to enrolling in college courses.

Other Notes

  1. All incoming freshmen must take the ALEKS PPL math placement exam. If AP or IB proficiency credit has been posted to a student's academic record, the student is permitted to follow the higher course placement that results from the AP or IB credit if their ALEKS PPL score qualifies them for the higher course.
  2. Chemistry, physics, and LOTE placement recommendations are valid for one year only, meaning through pre-registration for the student's third semester.
  3. Only transfer students who are pursuing an MCB curriculum are required to take the MCB Placement Test. Others are welcome to try it if they are thinking of pursuing a molecular biology curriculum.
  4. Students who earn test-based credit always have the option to enroll in the actual course. Sometimes it is to their advantage to take the course, so as to be better prepared for the subsequent course in the subject. Duplicate credit, of course, is not permitted.

Feel free to call Diana at 265-6248. You may also email If there’s a question about a particular student, please have the UIN handy.