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Placement & Proficiency
(217) 244-4437


Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Information for Academic Advisors (last updated November 8, 2019)


  • Placement testing for Spring 2020 course enrollment is open. All new students for 2019-2020 can log in and take the placement tests they may need to take.

  • Only transfer students who are pursuing an MCB curriculum are REQUIRED to take the MCB Placement Test. Others are welcome to try it if they are thinking of pursuing a molecular biology curriculum.

  • The English Placement Test ("the EPT") will be offered Tuesday morning, January 14; Wednesday morning, January 15; and Thursday morning, January 16. Please remind your students that these dates are during the week BEFORE classes start for Spring semester! They should plan their travels accordingly. Registration is now open.

  • Missing AP or IB test scores? It's not too late for your student to send them in. They can contact the College Board and/or the International Baccalaureate Organization and request that they be sent. A fee might be charged by the testing agency. Feel free to call Diana 265-6248 to check whether we have the scores before the student orders them again. Please have UIN and DOB ready.


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. This might generate conflicting messages. For example, a student might earn RHET 105 credit based on their ACT and yet be placed into RHET 105 based on their SAT. Students with contradictory placement messages may go with the highest message (assuming they are not required to take the EPT).
  • 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.

  • Students who have earned 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) have fulfilled the 'Composition I' requirement.
  • International students who have the ESL attribute but who also have 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

  1. All incoming freshmen must take the ALEKS PPL math placement exam.
  2. 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.
  3. The ACT cutoffs for RHET PNP are based on the sum of a student's ACT English and ACT Reading scores. Please note that we do not superscore (i.e., we do not "mix and match" in order to take the highest English score and the highest Reading score from multiple test dates).
  4. The SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) cutoff for RHET 105 proficiency credit is now 700.

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