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Basic Instructions

You need to complete all of your placement exams at least two weeks before your registration date.

  • You may take the exams in whatever order you want.
  • You do NOT have to take all of your placement exams at the same time. You may log out after the first test and log back in another day to take another test.
  • Once you start a test, though, you MUST complete it in one sitting. There is no "Save and Continue Later" feature.
  • You may take a science or LOTE placement exam only once.
  • Detailed instructions specific to a test will appear before the test begins.

Before starting your placement exams, make sure that you:

  • Know your Network ID and the Active Directory password that you created when you claimed your NetID.
    • Click here if you have not yet claimed your NetID.
    • Click here if you need help with your IDs and passwords.
  • Have a reliable Internet connection. The best browsers are Firefox and Safari, but any browser can be used.
  • Choose a quiet location where you will be able to work on a computer UNINTERRUPTED for an hour or two.
  • Close all other applications before you begin taking a placement exam so that you can focus on its questions and complete it within the time limit.
  • Have a pencil and scratch paper ready for calculations and diagrams if you want to take a science exam. You may also use a calculator.

Ready to test?

  • Click here to go to the Chemistry, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Physics, French, German, Latin, and Spanish Placement Exams. You will log in with your NetID and AD password. Take your test by January 31.
  • Click here to go to the ALEKS PPL Math Placement Exam. Follow the links to "Access ALEKS PPL." Take your test by January 22 for Spring 2018 course enrollment.

Having Problems?

You can call us at 217-244-4437 during business hours (Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. through 5:00 p.m. Central Time) or you can email us anytime at Please let us know your UIN.


Not able to log in?

  • Make sure that you informed the Office of Undergraduate Admissions that you accept Illinois’ offer of admission.
  • Enter the correct AD password for your NetID. Click here if you need help with re-setting your password.
  • Try using a different browser. Firefox and Safari are recommended.
  • Double-check your modem, cable, or DSL connection.


  • If you are unexpectedly disconnected in the middle of an exam (e.g., due to a thunderstorm), just email us with the subject line reading "disconnected placement exam" and we will be happy to re-set it for you if necessary. Tell us your full name, NetID, which exam got disconnected, and any error message you saw.

Missing an Exam?

If you logged in but you didn’t see the exam that you expected to take, it means either that you already took the exam or that you clicked into the test on an earlier occasion but exited without completing it.

  • If you already took the exam, you cannot take it again. Only one attempt is allowed.
  • If you started the exam and quit before finishing it, the computer thought you had done as much as you could and removed it from your menu options. You can email us and request that we re-set the exam for you.