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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 December 11, 2017)



Placement Testing for Spring 2018:

If you have a student who was new in Summer or Fall 2017 who stills need to take a science or language placement test, please have them email Diana Steele. New Spring 2018 students can go directly to these websites to test:

EALC Testing

  • Chinese: There will be two opportunities to take the Chinese Placement Test in January 2018. Both will begin at 4:00 p.m., and both will be held in Room G48 FLB. After students register, they will get an email confirming their registration and informing them which of the two test dates they are assigned to. PLEASE, if you have any influence over your students, please tell them to show up for the test if they register for the test!  Last month's special (additional) testing session that was offered specifically to help those who needed to fulfill the Gen Ed LOTE requirement had a 27% no-show rate. Given the number of students who got turned away because registration had filled, it was very inconsiderate of the 1 out of every 4 students to simply not show up, especially when it is so easy to log in and cancel their registration, or email PNP to cancel, or call FLB to cancel.
  • Japanese: The Japanese Placement Test will be offered on the Friday before classes start (January 12, 2018) at 12:00 noon in Room G30 FLB.  Students must register in advance.
  • Korean: The Korean Placement Test will be offered on the Friday before classes start (January 12, 2018) at 9:30 a.m. in Room G27 FLB. Students must register in advance.

EPT Testing

The English as a Second Language Placement Test ("the EPT") will be offered on campus (not online) on January 9, 10, 11, and 12.  Students should choose one of those four options and register in advance. Results will indicate which ESL composition course, if any, the student should enroll in for Spring 2018.  Registration is limited to 35 students on January 9 and 10 (to be held in Room G27 FLB) and to 60 students on January 11 and 12 (to be held in the Oregon Building Computing Lab). Students should plan on reporting to the testing site at 8:00 a.m.

Transfer students who already have their 'Composition I' General Education requirement fulfilled may disregard the instruction in their NOA that they are required to take the EPT.


ACT and SAT Scores

I've been getting inquiries about whether currently enrolled undergraduate students can take the ACT or SAT in order to attempt to earn RHET 105 credit. The answer is "no." 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 an Illinois 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.

As you probably know, 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. Consequently, some incoming students submitted only ACT scores, others submitted only SAT scores, some students took the 'old SAT,' some took the 'new SAT,' and some students took all of these tests (ACT, old SAT, and new SAT). 

For 2017-2018,

  • the ACT English score will continue to be used for RHET placement and proficiency
  • scores from the Critical Reading section of the 'old SAT' will continue to be converted to their ACT English equivalents, and
  • scores from the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing ("EBRW") section of the 'new SAT' will also be used for RHET placement and proficiency

When a particular test (e.g., the ACT English 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 English score and yet be placed into RHET 105 based on their SAT EBRW score. Test-based credit will appear on a student's academic record regardless of contradictory placement messages. You might wish to consider recommending to such students that they familiarize themselves with, and 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.

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. For Spring 2018 course enrollment, the ALEKS PPL Math Exam must have been completed between September 16, 2017 and January 22, 2018.
  3. Chemistry, physics, and LOTE placement recommendations are valid for one year only, meaning through pre-registration for the student's third semester.
  4. The MCB Placement Test is being piloted in PNP this year. Only transfer students who are pursuing an MCB curriculum are REQUIRED to take it. Others are welcome to try it if they are thinking of pursuing a molecular biology curriculum.
  5. 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.