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Liberal Arts and Science (LAS)

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PLACEMENT TEST “Do I Have To Take This Test?”
Rhetoric We will use your best ACT English, SAT Critical Reading, or SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score unless your letter of admission states that you must take the English as a Second Language Placement Test (the EPT).
Math (ALEKS PPL) Yes
Chemistry

Yes, if you have been admitted to or if you are planning to pursue one of the LAS majors and/or pre-professional programs listed below:

Majors:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences, including Biology Teaching Option
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Chemistry, including the Chemistry Teaching Option
  • Geography and Geographic Information Science: only the Physical Geography Option
  • Geology, including the Earth Sciences Teaching Option
  • Physics, including the Physics Teaching Option

Pre-Professional Programs:

  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Veterinary Medicine

Yes, if you studied chemistry in high school and you plan to take a chemistry course at Illinois

No, if you have been admitted to an LAS program which is not listed above and you don't plan to take a chemistry course at Illinois

Physics

Yes, if you are in one of the following programs:

  • Astronomy
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Chemistry-specialized curriculum
  • Physics
  • Specialized Geology (some of the options)

Yes, if you studied physics in high school and you plan to take a physics course at Illinois

No, if you have been admitted to an LAS program which is not listed above and you don't plan to take a physics course at Illinois

Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) No. However, it is strongly recommended that you take it if you are planning to pursue an MCB curriculum (e.g., going into pre-med), even if you have AP Biology or IB Biology credit.
English as a Second
Language (the EPT)
Only if your letter of admission states this.
Language Other
Than English (LOTE)
Yes, if you studied a LOTE in high school but did not successfully complete at least 4 years of the same LOTE

Ready to test? Click here to take the Math Placement Test.

Ready to test? Click here to take your science or LOTE placement tests.

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TRANSFER STUDENTS:

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PLACEMENT TEST “Do I Have To Take This Test?”
Rhetoric If you haven't taken any college-level composition course, we will use your best ACT English, SAT Critical Reading, or SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score unless your letter of admission states that you must take the English as a Second Language Placement Test (the EPT).  If you have taken a college-level composition course, then your Rhetoric placement is based on your previously taken, transferable English courses. You must enroll in RHET 233 if you have earned at least one hour of transferable credit for academic writing but not enough to fulfill the Composition I requirement.
Math (ALEKS PPL) Only if you plan to enroll in a Calculus I or a lower-level math class
Chemistry Only if you have high school credit in chemistry, and you have NOT earned college credit in chemistry, and you plan to take chemistry at Illinois. Check your handbook.
Physics Only if you are required to take PHYS 211. Check your handbook.
Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) Only if you are moving through the MCB curriculum.
English as a Second
Language
Only if your letter of admission states this
Language Other
Than English (LOTE)
Only if you have high school credit in a LOTE, and you have not earned college credit in the LOTE, and you plan to take courses in the LOTE at Illinois. The Gen Ed LOTE requirement for the College of LAS is to successfully complete the fourth level. Check your handbook.

Ready to test? Click here to take the Math Placement Test.

Ready to test? Click here to take your science or LOTE placement tests.

Return to PNP homepage.