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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 May 16, 2019)



  • Please be aware that we DO NOT send placement test results to other institutions. Our test content and our course placement recommendations are pegged to the content that is taught in UIUC courses, which may or may not be the same as the content that is taught in the other school's courses. To enroll in a course at another institution, the student needs to take that institution's placement test.

  • ALEKS PPL valid test dates:

  • Summer Session II math classes = between February 11 and June 14, 2019
  • Fall math classes = between April 13 and August 30, 2019
  • Chinese Placement Testing:

  • New freshmen must log in through New Student Placement Testing.
  • Currently enrolled students can enroll themselves to take the Chinese Placement Test for Continuing Students.
  • Significant PNP changes for 2019-2020:

    • The SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) cutoffs for proficiency credit is now 700. The ACT cutoffs 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 and highest Reading score from different test dates).

    • AP U.S. History 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.

  • An evaluation of all test scores was run on May 2nd for our incoming students. When another test score comes in (e.g., the student takes the Chemistry Placement Exam), the "Last Updated" date for the PNP Student Profile will change from "2019-05-02" to the date when that new score was processed. Please check the "Last Updated" date and if you print out the PNP Student Profile, be sure to keep only the most recent version.


ACT and SAT Scores

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

  • PNP will no longer be processing test scores from 'the old SAT.' The last time the old SAT was administered was in January 2016.
  • SAT scores must be from 'the new SAT' in order to be processed for PNP. The first time the new SAT was administered was in March 2016. Specifically, 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) -- must 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 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.
  4. The Chinese Proficiency Exam is available during business hours at the Testing Center on South Neil Street. To schedule an appointment, students can contact Melissa Minarik 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. Students who wish to take the Chinese Proficiency Test have four versions to choose from:
    • Passing Test 1 will fulfill the third-level language requirement
    • Passing Test 2 will fulfill the fourth-level language requirement
    • Passing Test 3 will fulfill the sixth-level language requirement
    • Passing Test 4 will fulfill the eighth-level language requirement

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.