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Rhetoric Placement

Cutoff Scores, Placement Messages, and Credit Policies for 2017-2018

Placement into the Rhetoric courses is based on the student’s highest ACT English, SAT Critical Reading, or SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing ("EBRW") score. Scores from the old SAT, with its Critical Reading section, are automatically converted by our computer system to ACT English equivalents.

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 2017, Fall 2017, or Spring 2018.

ATTENTION 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 General Education 'Composition I' 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.

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1 - 19 200 - 480 If the EPT is not required, placed into Fall RHET 101 and Spring RHET 102; Take RHET 100 both semesters.
20 - 31 490 - 680 If the EPT is not required, placed into RHET 105. You must enroll in Fall 2017 if your UIN ends in an even number. You must enroll in Spring 2018 if your UIN ends in an odd number. Alternatively, you may enroll in Fall 2017 CMN 111 and Spring 2018 CMN 1121.
32 - 36 690 - 800 You earned 4 hours of credit for RHET 105 and fulfilled the 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.