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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 July 15, 2019)


  • EPT scores from Testing Window #2 (July 8-10) are expected to be received and processed on Tuesday, July 23.

  • AP scores have been received and processed. If your student did not request at the time of testing that their scores be sent to UIUC, it is not too late for them to make the request. They simply need to fill out the online request form and pay the appropriate fee.

  • IB scores usually come in late July. Transcripts of exam scores for some transfer students have already been received and processed.

  • Students who wish to enroll in a math class for Fall 2019 have until August 30th to take the ALEKS PPL math placement test.

  • The SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) cutoff for proficiency credit is now 700.

  • 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).

  • AP U.S. History policy will no longer award credit for HIST 172. Scores of 3, 4 and 5 will all earn 3 hours of HIST 1 - - credit.

  • AP French scores of 4 will now earn an additional two hours for FR 205.

  • Rising sophomores and juniors who wish to study Chinese can self-enroll in the Chinese Placement Test for Continuing Students. New, incoming freshmen and transfer students who need a Chinese course placement recommendation will find the Chinese Placement Test in with all their other science and language placement test options.


ACT and SAT Scores

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

  • Test scores from 'the old SAT' are no longer acceptable for PNP. The last time the old SAT was administered was in January 2016.
  • The first time 'the new SAT' was administered was in March 2016. The SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) score will be used for Rhetoric, and the SAT Math score will be used for Chemistry.

Many students take one or both tests multiple times.

  • When the ACT or SAT is taken more than once, PNP uses the highest score.
  • When both the ACT and the SAT are taken, 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. If your student has contradictory placement messages, you may go with the highest message.
  • 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. 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.