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Information for Academic Advisors (last updated July 7, 2020)


  • AP scores from the May 2020 exams have not yet arrived.

  • IB scores for the May 2020 high school graduates will arrive in early August. Students were able to log in to view their predicted scores starting on July 6. Although no IB exams were given in May 2020 due to COVID-19, Illinois is awarding academic credit based on the predicted scores that the IB Organization has calculated for each student.

  • There is only one more online EPT scheduled for this summer: July 29-31. Students must register in advance. There are no more spots for undergraduates in the August testing sessions. Results from the July 8-10 testing window will probably be available on or about July 20.

  • To earn RHET 105 credit, the student needs an official ACT English score of 34-36 or an official SAT EBRW score of 710-800. Self-reported scores do not earn credit.

  • The deadline for students to submit their official ACT, SAT, TOEFL, or IELTS scores was July 1.

  • ALEKS PPL math placement scores for Fall 2020 course enrollment must be dated April 20 to August 28.

  • The PNP Student Profiles are being updated nightly Sunday through Friday.

ACT and SAT Scores

Both chemistry placement and Rhetoric placement use ACT and SAT scores.

  • When a student takes only the ACT or only the SAT, but they take it more than once, PNP uses the highest score.
  • When a student takes both the ACT and the SAT, PNP evaluates the highest score from each test.
    • For chemistry placement, the best math score is used in conjunction with the Chemistry Placement Test score.
    • For RHET placement, there might be conflicting messages. For example, a student might place into RHET 105 based on their ACT but place into RHET 101-102 based on their SAT. Students with contradictory placement messages should enroll in the higher 'Comp I' option.
  • International students who are required to take the EPT and who do not have their 'Composition I' requirement already fulfilled, must take the EPT regardless of their ACT or SAT scores.
  • International transfer students who have partial 'Composition I' credit and low TOEFL or IELTS scores -- thus getting the '1ESL' attribute (i.e., the "EPT Required" designation) -- should take the EPT and follow the course placement recommendation.

Test-based credit will not be taken away.

  • Any student who has RHET 105 credit from an approved test (i.e., the ACT, the SAT, an AP English exam, an IB English exam, or an IB Film exam) has fulfilled the 'Composition I' requirement.
  • Any international student who has the ESL attribute but who also has RHET 105 credit on their official academic record can ignore the message to take the Written EPT. However, they should avail themselves of campus resources that help non-native speakers of English improve their academic writing skills and/or their oral English fluency.

Remember, it is not permitted for currently enrolled undergraduate students to take the ACT or SAT now, as college students, in an attempt to earn RHET 105 credit. This policy appears in the Academic Catalog under "Degree Requirements: Written Communication Requirement" for undergraduate students. The ACT and the SAT, and the AP and IB exams too, are written for and statistically normed on high school students. Although test scores will be evaluated for course placement and possible proficiency credit whenever they are received -- for example, it is okay for a UIUC junior or senior to send in their AP scores that were never sent when they first enrolled as a freshman -- the tests themselves have to have been taken prior to enrolling in college courses.

Other Notes

  • Is your student missing AP test scores? Have them contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to verify whether the score did arrive but could not be matched to their academic record. If the score never got sent, your student can contact the College Board and request that it be sent now. The College Board might charge a fee.
  • Is your student missing IB test scores? Have them email PNP to verify whether the IB transcript of test scores was received. If scores never got sent, your student can contact the International Baccalaureate Organization and request that they be sent now. The IBO might charge a fee.
  • Students who earn test-based credit always have the option to enroll in the actual course. Sometimes it is to their advantage to take the course, so as to be better prepared for the subsequent course in the subject. Duplicate credit is not permitted.

Feel free to call Diana at 265-6248 if you have any questions. You may also email If there’s a question about a particular student, please have the UIN handy.