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Placement & Proficiency
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8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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Information for Academic Advisors (last updated August 15, 2018)



  1. Students who need a course placement for Mandarin studies may register themselves to take the online Chinese Placement Test at . The first step is to make sure their computer can capture their responses by doing the Technology Check. This test DOES NOT serve to fulfill the Gen Ed LOTE requirement! It is strictly for course enrollment purposes.
  2. A new, online Chinese Proficiency Test should be available when Fall semester starts. This test WILL serve to fulfill the Gen Ed LOTE requirement.
  3. Call Diana 265-6248 or email PNP if you have any questions or concerns about your student's AP or IB scores and test-based credit.

ACT and SAT Scores

The change from using ACT to using SAT for college admissions testing of Illinois public high school juniors 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; or an international student might get the "EPT Required" designation, and yet have RHET 105 credit based on the ACT or SAT test.

If your student has contradictory placement messages, you may go with the highest message. Test-based credit will not be taken away. International students with the ESL attribute who have RHET 105 credit on their academic record can ignore the message to take the EPT. However, they should avail themselves of campus resources that help students improve their academic writing skills or their oral English fluency.

Remember, it is not permitted for currently enrolled undergraduate students to take the ACT or SAT now, as 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. Only scores from tests taken between April 16 and August 31 are valid for Fall 2018 math course enrollment.
  2. If math proficiency credit based on an AP or IB math score has been posted to a student's academic record, the student is permitted to follow a higher course placement that resulted from the AP or IB credit.
  3. Students who wish to fulfill their LOTE requirement by demonstrating third- or fourth-level proficiency in a "less commonly studied language" now have nearly 40 languages to choose from, including such languages as Marathi, Gujarati, and Kannada. Some tests have a fee.
  4. Chemistry, MCB, physics, and "language other than English" placement recommendations are valid for one year only, meaning through pre-registration for the student's third semester.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.