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please contact:

Placement & Proficiency
(217) 244-4437


Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Information for Academic Advisors (last updated April 20, 2017)


Placement Testing

  • Science and LOTE placement testing for 2017-2018 will open on May 1.
  • ALEKS PPL Math placement testing for Summer 2017 course enrollment opened on February 13.
  • ALEKS PPL Math placement testing for Fall 2017 course enrollment will open on April 17.

AP and IB  Proficiency Credit

There are only 4 changes to AP policies:

  • Scores of 3, 4 or 5 on the new Computer Science Principles exam will earn credit for CS 102.
  • Scores of 4 or 5 on the Environmental Science exam will earn credit for NRES 100, not NRES 102.
  • Score of 5 on the Italian exam will earn credit for ITAL 103-104, not just ITAL 104.
  • Scores of 5 on French will earn 11 hours of credit instead of 13 because FR 205 no longer exists.

Due to the enormous number of changes in IB credit, it will take me a while longer to finish that table. Thank you for your patience.  Meanwhile, the PDF in the upper-right corner of the "IB Cutoffs for 2017-2018" web page does itemize the new test-based credit policies for all IB exams. Please use that PDF until I finish inputting information into the website.  Feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions.

As in past years, credit will neither be added to nor taken away from the academic records of currently enrolled students based on the new AP and IB policies. For the credit policies that apply to sophomores, juniors, and seniors (i.e., anyone who is NOT a new, incoming student), please click on the link above.


Important Notes

  1. Students who earn test-based credit always have the option to enroll in the UIUC course. Sometimes it is to their advantage to take the actual course, so as to be better prepared for the subsequent course in the subject. Duplicate credit, of course, is not permitted.
  2. 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.
  3. ALEKS PPL Math placements are valid for four months. Chemistry, physics, and LOTE placement recommendations are valid for one year only, meaning through pre-registration for the student's third semester.

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.