Illinois offers a variety of introductory-level courses, even within the same subject, and so the purpose of placement testing is to determine what your knowledge and skills are in a subject so we can recommend an appropriate first course for you. If you score high on a placement test, you will qualify for the departmental proficiency test. You are not required to take any proficiency test, but it is an option to consider. Click on "Proficiency Testing" to the left for more information.
All new students must accept Illinois' offer of admission before being authorized to log in and take the placement exams.
- Which tests do YOU need to take?
- Freshmen, go here.
- Transfer students, go here.
- Math Placement Testing
- Click here to read about the ALEKS PPL math test and the minimum scores needed for a particular course placement.
- Click here to log into the ALEKS PPL Math Placement Test. Be sure to select "New Incoming Student."
- For Fall 2017 course enrollment, the math test will be open until September 1.
- Science and Language Placement Testing
- Click here to review the instructions for taking the science and “language other than English” (LOTE) placement tests.
- Click here to log into the science and LOTE tests.
Log In Requirements
Please be sure to inform the Office of Undergraduate Admissions that you accept Illinois' offer of admission. Your “Acceptance of Admission” must be officially processed before you can be registered to take the online placement exams.
You also will need to have claimed your netID and to know your netID password. If you can't remember what password you created, please contact Campus Technology Services to re-set it.
When to Take Placement Exams
You should complete all of your placement exams at least two weeks prior to your Summer Registration date. If you wait until the last minute, your test results might not be available for you and your academic advisor. In that case, you might not be able to register for the classes you’d like to enroll in.
About the Tests
The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning offers online placement testing in chemistry, physics, molecular & cellular biology, and four languages other than English (French, German, Latin, and Spanish). The East Asian Languages and Cultures Department administers the on-campus placement tests for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. The Mathematics Department is responsible for math placement testing. All incoming freshmen are required to take the ALEKS PPL Math Placement Exam, but if you are wondering which other placement exams you must take, this will depend on several factors including your academic background, the College you are going into, and any transferable credit you earned prior to enrolling at Illinois.
Only the ALEKS PPL Math Placement Exam can be taken more than once. Your math score will appear on the screen when you complete the exam so that you can decide whether you are satisfied with the result or whether you want to take the test again to try to earn a higher placement. Your ALEKS PPL Placement Pie will break down your test results into your unique strengths and weaknesses in math, and then you can choose which Module you wish to study, if any. ALEKS PPL includes 6 months’ access to the Prep and Learning Module. It is strongly recommended that you study before re-taking the ALEKS PPL Math Placement Exam.
For the science and LOTE placement exams, you are allowed only one attempt. Your online test results will NOT appear on the screen when you complete the test. This is because it is very important that you meet with your academic advisor during Registration to discuss your placement test results and your course enrollment options. Your advisor will make sure you strike the right balance towards meeting the course requirements of your program, your College, and the University.
Remember, if you never studied the subject, you do NOT need to take its placement test. You would simply enroll in its first elementary-level course if you choose to begin studying the subject..