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Rhetoric Placement

Cutoff Scores, Placement Messages, and Credit Policies for 2016-2017

Placement into the Rhetoric courses is based on the student’s highest ACT English or SAT Critical Reading score. Cutoff scores, placement recommendations, and proficiency credit policies are derived in collaboration with the Division of Rhetoric in the Department of English and are reviewed annually. The policies below apply to all students entering Illinois in Summer 2016, Fall 2016, or Spring 2017.

Transfer students: If you have earned at least one hour of college-level composition credit in an academic writing course but not enough credit to fulfill the 'Composition I' General Education requirement, you will be enrolling in RHET 233. Please discuss scheduling options with your advisor.

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

ACT English Score

Placement Message

1 - 19 If the EPT is not required, placed into Fall RHET 101 and Spring RHET 102; Take RHET 100 both semesters.
20 - 31 If the EPT is not required, placed into RHET 105. You must enroll in Fall 2016 if your UIN ends in an even number. You must enroll in Spring 2017 if your UIN ends in an odd number. Alternatively, you may enroll in Fall 2016 CMN 111 and Spring 2017 CMN 1121. Students whose iBT TOEFL score is lower than 103 are strongly encouraged to take the EPT and enroll in an ESL composition course even if they are not required to take the EPT.
32 - 36 Earned 4 hours of credit for RHET 105; Fulfilled Composition I requirement

 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.>