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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 7, 2018)



  1. The EPT will be offered on campus on January 8, January 9, and January 11, 2019. Students choose only one of those three dates when registering.
  2. ALEKS PPL Math Placement Test scores for Spring 2019 course enrollment must be from an exam that was taken between September 17, 2018 and January 18, 2019.
  3. Science and language placement testing for Spring 2019 course enrollment is now open.
  4. For Chinese Placement Testing, students can enroll themselves to take the test at
  5. For the Chinese Proficiency Test, students can contact Melissa Minarik at the Testing Center and schedule their own appointment. They should call at least 5 business days before their desired test date. The cost is $25.

Please help your students understand what your College's and what their academic program's language requirement is. There are 4 versions of the Chinese Proficiency Test:

  • Test 1 to fulfill third-level language requirement
  • Test 2 to fulfill fourth-level language requirement
  • Test 3 to fulfill sixth-level language requirement
  • Test 4 to fulfill eighth-level language requirement

When students register, they will select the version they want to take. When they sit to take the test, they will choose whether they want Simplified Chinese or Traditional Chinese for writing their essay and for reading the test questions.


ACT and SAT Scores

The change from using ACT to using SAT for college admissions testing of Illinois public high school juniors affects both chemistry placement and Rhetoric placement. You will see that some students have only ACT scores, others will have only SAT scores, and some students will have taken both tests.

When a particular test is taken multiple times, the highest score is used for course placement and proficiency. However, when multiple tests are taken, the student's scores might generate conflicting messages. For example, a student might earn RHET 105 credit based on their ACT score and yet be placed into RHET 105 based on their SAT score; or an international student might get the "EPT Required" designation, and yet have RHET 105 credit based on the ACT or SAT test.

If your student has contradictory placement messages, you may go with the highest message. Test-based credit will not be taken away. International students with the ESL attribute who have RHET 105 credit on their academic record can ignore the message to take the EPT. However, they should avail themselves of campus resources that help students improve their academic writing skills 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. Look under "Degree Requirements" and, within that section, the "Written Communication Requirement" for undergraduates. 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 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. Only scores from tests taken between September 17, 2018 and January 18, 2019 are valid for Spring 2019 math course enrollment.
  2. 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.
  3. 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, of course, is not permitted.

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.