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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 February 11, 2020)


  • Math placement testing for Summer 2020 course enrollment will open February 15 and close June 19.

  • The mid-semester EPT will be given on Friday, April 10 (online) and on Saturday, April 11 (on campus). Students must register in advance. The EPT will also be given to incoming students, as usual, throughout the summer for Fall 2020 course enrollment.

Other Notes

  • Students who wish to fulfill the Gen Ed language requirement with Chinese may take the Chinese Proficiency Test in the Testing Center at 1819 South Neil Street anytime between now and May 15, 2020. The cost is $25. Please tell your student which level of language proficiency their academic program requires (3rd, 4th, 6th, or 8th).
  • Missing AP or IB test scores? It's not too late for your student to send them in. They can contact the College Board and/or the International Baccalaureate Organization and request that they be sent. A fee might be charged by the testing agency. Feel free to call Diana 265-6248 to check whether we have the scores before the student orders them again. Please have UIN and DOB ready.
  • 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 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.


ACT and SAT Scores

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

  • When a student takes only the ACT or only the SAT, but they take it more than once, PNP uses the highest score.
  • When a student takes both the ACT and the SAT, 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. Students with contradictory placement messages may go with the highest message.
  • International students who are required to take the EPT and who do not have their 'Composition I' requirement already fulfilled, must take the EPT regardless of their ACT or SAT scores.
  • 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.

  • Any student who has 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) has fulfilled the 'Composition I' requirement.
  • Any international student who has the ESL attribute but who also has 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.