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Placement & Proficiency
(217) 244-4437


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8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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Information for Academic Advisors (last updated October 18, 2017)



  • Registration for the mid-semester Chinese Placement Test is now open. This test is being offered for both Spring 2018 course enrollment and General Education LOTE fulfillment.  Students must register in advance. Via email they will be told which test date they are assigned to.
  • ALEKS PPL Math Placement Testing for Spring 2018 course enrollment opened September 16th.
  • Science and "language other than English" placement testing for Spring 2018 course enrollment will re-open November 1st.

ACT and SAT Scores

As you probably know, the State of Illinois awarded the contract for college admissions testing of public high school juniors to the College Board rather than to ACT, Inc. Consequently, some incoming students submitted only ACT scores, others submitted only SAT scores, some students took the 'old SAT,' some took the 'new SAT,' and some students took all of these tests (ACT, old SAT, and new SAT). 

For 2017-2018,

  • we will continue to use the ACT English score for RHET placement and proficiency
  • scores from the Critical Reading section of the 'old SAT' will continue to be converted to their ACT English equivalents, and
  • scores from the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing ("EBRW") section of the 'new SAT' will also be used for RHET placement and proficiency

When a particular test (e.g., the ACT English 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 English score and yet be placed into RHET 105 based on their SAT EBRW score. Test-based credit will appear on a student's academic record regardless of contradictory placement messages. You might wish to consider recommending to such students that they familiarize themselves with, and avail themselves of, campus resources that help students improve their academic writing skills even though they don't have to take a 'Composition I' course.

AP and IB Proficiency Credit

There are only 3 changes to AP policies:

  • Scores of 3, 4 or 5 on the new Computer Science Principles exam will earn credit for CS 102.
  • Scores of 4 or 5 on the Environmental Science exam will earn credit for NRES 100, not NRES 102.
  • Score of 5 on the Italian exam will earn credit for ITAL 103-104, not just ITAL 104.

There are many changes to IB policies. The key ones are:

  • Scores of 4, 5, 6 or 7 on any IB exam will earn credit. It used to be that primarily scores of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level exams earned credit, but now all scores 4 and higher on either the Higher Level or the Standard Level exams will earn credit.
  • Many of the new policies pertain to "language other than English" courses. If UIUC does not offer a language course like the IB course, the student will earn 3 hours of HUM 1 - - credit except for ESL, which will earn only 1 hour of HUM 1 - - credit.

As in past years, credit will neither be added to nor taken away from the academic records of currently enrolled students based on the new AP and IB policies. For the credit policies that apply to sophomores, juniors, and seniors (i.e., anyone who is NOT a new, incoming student), please click on the link above.

Feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions.

Other Notes

  1. Students who earn test-based credit always have the option to enroll in the UIUC course. Sometimes it is to their advantage to take the actual course, so as to be better prepared for the subsequent course in the subject. Duplicate credit, of course, is not permitted.
  2. All incoming freshmen must take the ALEKS PPL math placement exam. If AP or IB proficiency credit has been posted to a student's academic record, the student is permitted to follow the higher course placement that results from the AP or IB credit if their ALEKS PPL score qualifies them for the higher course.
  3. ALEKS PPL Math placements are valid for four months. Chemistry, physics, and LOTE placement recommendations are valid for one year only, meaning through pre-registration for the student's third semester.
  4. The MCB Placement Test is being piloted in PNP this summer. Only transfer students who are pursuing an MCB curriculum are required to take it. Others are welcome to try it if they are thinking of enrolling in MCB 150 or higher.

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.