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The purpose of any proficiency test is to find out whether you have already got the knowledge and the skills that are taught in a particular UIUC course even though you have not taken that course. If you do well on the proficiency test, you earn credit for the UIUC course, and it is assumed you are prepared to succeed in the subject’s subsequent courses. If you choose not to continue studying the subject, the test-based credit that you earned will count towards graduation, and it might even fulfill a General Education requirement.
Academic credit is awarded on the basis of sufficiently high scores on the ACT English subtest, the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing subtest, the Advanced Placement (AP) exams, the International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, and certain Advanced Level (A Level) exams as well as on the departmental proficiency tests which are administered on campus usually during the first week of classes in fall and spring semester.
AP and IB exams, as well as the ACT and the SAT, must be taken prior to enrolling in a college or university. Your scores will be evaluated for credit when they are received, and any credit earned will be automatically posted to your academic record. Some AP and IB scores earn elective credit, while others earn course credit. All credit counts towards graduation.
In compliance with the amendment to the State of Illinois “College and Career Success for All Students” Act, Advanced Placement test scores of 3, 4, and 5 as well as International Baccalaureate test scores of 4, 5, 6, and 7 are now accepted for credit to satisfy degree requirements. The AP rules went into effect for incoming undergraduate students enrolling in the 2016-2017 academic year, while the IB rules went into effect for incoming undergraduate students enrolling in the 2017-2018 academic year. Depending on the exam and the score, the credit earned will translate either as elective credit or as specific course credit.
Placement testing and proficiency testing have two very different purposes. Incoming students who do well on a math, science, or LOTE placement test will qualify for – and may wish to consider taking – a departmental proficiency test. New students are NOT REQUIRED to register for and take an on-campus departmental proficiency test just because their placement test score qualifies them to take it. It is simply an option to consider. Continuing students who have not yet earned college-level credit in a subject may also register for departmental proficiency exams in that subject.
To learn more about specific proficiency exams and course credit, click on a link below.