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Rhetoric Placement


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 2012, Fall 2012, or Spring 2013.

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 should consider enrolling in RHET 233. Please discuss options with your advisor.

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


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Placement Message

1 - 19 Placed into Fall RHET 101 and Spring RHET 102; Take RHET 100 both semesters.

Placed into Fall RHET 103 and Spring RHET 104.

21 - 31 Placed into RHET 105, or Fall CMN 111 and Spring CMN 1121
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.