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Rhetoric Placement

Cutoff Scores, Placement Messages, and Credit Policies for 2019-2020

Placement into the Rhetoric courses is based on the student’s highest ACT English + ACT Reading sum or highest SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing ("EBRW") score. Please note that we do not superscore the ACT (i.e., we sum your English and Reading subscores from the same test date. We do not take your highest English subscore from all the dates that you took the ACT and add it to your highest Reading subscore from all the dates that you took the ACT). 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 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020.

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, 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 or by calling 217-244-4437 during business hours.


Summed ACT English + ACT Reading Score from same test date


Placement Message

2 - 39 200 - 520 If the EPT is not required, placed into Fall RHET 101 and Spring RHET 102.
40 - 63 530 - 690 If the EPT is not required, placed into RHET 105. You must enroll in Fall 2019 if your UIN ends in an even number. You must enroll in Spring 2020 if your UIN ends in an odd number. Alternatively, you may enroll in Fall 2019 CMN 111 and Spring 2020 CMN 1121.
64 - 72 700 - 800 You 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.