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Information for Academic Advisors (last updated October 15, 2018)



    The new, 90-minute online Chinese Proficiency Test was successfully administered in 3 group sessions in late September and early October. All test-takers have now been informed of their results. College ARO's have been sent a list of the students who passed. To pass, a student had to have earned at least a 70% in each section of the test (listening comprehension, reading, and writing). Please note that although strong performance on this test fulfills the General Education language requirement, no academic credit is awarded.

    The online exam has now moved to the Testing Center. Small-group testing will be offered on Friday, November 2. After that date, students can schedule individual appointments.

    Please help your students understand what your College's and what their academic program's language requirement is. There are 4 versions of the 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 select the version they want to take. When they sit to take the test, they choose whether they want Simplified Chinese or Traditional Chinese.

    Other announcements:

    1. The next opportunity for students to take the EPT will be in January 2019.
    2. The new options for fulfilling the Gen Ed language requirement that went into effect in August 2018 apply to both new and continuing students. Details are in this PDF: OPTIONS TO SATISFY THE GENERAL EDUCATION LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT_Summer2018
    3. Math placement testing for Spring 2019 course enrollment has opened.
    4. Science and language placement testing for Spring 2019 course enrollment will open in November.


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.