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Rhetoric Placement

Cutoff Scores, Placement Messages, and Credit Policies for 2014-2015

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 2014, Fall 2014, or Spring 2015.

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 Unless there are EPT results indicating that ESL courses are required, placed into Fall RHET 101 and Spring RHET 102; Take RHET 100 both semesters.
20 - 31 Unless there are EPT results indicating that ESL courses are required, placed into RHET 105. You must enroll in Fall 2014 if your UIN ends in an even number.  You must enroll in Spring 2015 if your UIN ends in an odd number. Alternatively, you may enroll in Fall 2014 CMN 111 and Spring 2015 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.