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Information for Academic Advisors (last updated February 26, 2018)



  1. Placement testing for 2018-2019 will open on May 1 for new students who are enrolling for Summer or Fall 2018.
  2. Math placement testing for Summer Session 2 course enrollment will be available through June 15.
  3. Math placement testing for Fall 2018 course enrollment will be available from April 16 through August 31.

ACT and SAT Scores

Currently enrolled undergraduate students were placed into (or out of) a 'Composition I' course based on their best ACT or SAT score. Undergrads who need to fulfill their 'Composition I' requirement cannot now, as college students, take the ACT or SAT in an attempt to earn RHET 105 credit. 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.

This policy appears in the Academic Catalog. Look under "Degree Requirements" and, within that section, the "Written Communication Requirement" for undergraduates.

Also, 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 submit only ACT scores, others submit only SAT scores, some students might have taken the 'old SAT,' some might have taken the 'new SAT,' and some students will have taken all of these tests (ACT, old SAT, and new SAT).

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. If your student has contradicting placement messages, you might wish to consider recommending 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.

Other Notes

  1. 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.
  2. Chemistry, physics, and LOTE placement recommendations are valid for one year only, meaning through pre-registration for the student's third semester.
  3. The MCB Placement Test is being piloted in PNP this year. 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 pursuing a molecular biology curriculum.
  4. 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.