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Rhetoric Placement

Cutoff Scores, Placement Messages, and Credit Policies for 2022-2023

Placement into the Rhetoric courses is based on the student's highest official ACT English score or highest official SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing ("EBRW") score if submitted during the application process. Self-reported scores serve for preliminary placement only. Cutoff scores, placement recommendations, and proficiency credit policies are derived in collaboration with the Undergraduate Rhetoric Program in the Department of English and are reviewed annually. The policies below apply to all students entering the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Summer 2022, Fall 2022, or Spring 2023.

  • Students who took the ACT or SAT but who chose not to submit ACT/SAT scores with their application materials will be placed into a Rhetoric class based on a review of their high school academic record. They are invited to complete the Rhetoric Placement Questionnaire and discuss their 'Composition I' course enrollment options with a staff member of the Rhetoric Department prior to their Summer Registration academic advising appointment.
  • Students who did not take the ACT or SAT must take the Rhetoric Placement Questionnaire and discuss their 'Composition I' course enrollment options with a staff member of the Rhetoric Department prior to their Summer Registration academic advising appointment.

ATTENTION Transfer Students: If you have earned partial college-level composition credit in an academic writing course but not enough credit to fulfill the General Education 'Composition I' requirement, and if you are not required to take the EPT, you have the option of enrolling in RHET 233. Successfully completing RHET 233 satisfies both your 'Composition I' requirement and your 'Advanced Composition' requirement. Please discuss course enrollment options with your academic advisor.

Questions? Contact "Placement & Proficiency" staff by emailing pnp@illinois.edu or by calling 217-244-4437 during business hours.


ACT English score

SAT EBRW score

Placement Message

Not SubmittedNot SubmittedTake the Rhetoric Placement Questionnaire and discuss your answers with a staff member of the Rhetoric Department prior to your Summer Registration advising appointment. The Questionnaire will be available starting May 1.
1 - 19200 - 520If the EPT is not required, placed into RHET 101 for Fall 2021 and RHET 102 for Spring 2022.
20 - 33530 - 710If the EPT is not required, placed into RHET 105. You must enroll in Fall 2021 if your UIN ends in an even number. You must enroll in Spring 2022 if your UIN ends in an odd number. Alternatively, you may enroll in Fall 2021 CMN 111 and Spring 2022 CMN 1121.
34 - 36720 - 800You earned 4 hours of credit for RHET 105 and fulfilled the Composition I requirement.

1 This two-semester "Oral and Written Communication" course is for students who wish to receive a public speaking credit in addition to fulfilling their Composition I requirement.