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Please note that testing will re-open in November for Spring 2018 course enrollment.


If you have never studied a subject (e.g., Latin), you do NOT need to take its placement exam. Should you choose to study a new subject, you will simply enroll in its introductory course. 

Do you know which tests you need to take?  It will depend on the College you are going into and the program you wish to study.  Freshmen, go here to check which tests you need. Transfer students, go here.

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 in the same sitting. You may log out after the first exam and log back in another day to take another exam.
  • Once you log into a science or LOTE placement exam, though, you MUST complete the whole test in one sitting. There is no "Save and Continue Later" feature.  You need to answer all of its questions, review your selections, and submit your responses within any required time limit. Only the ALEKS PPL Math Placement Test allows you to log in and out (within one 24-hour period).
  • You may take a science or LOTE placement exam only once. The ALEKS PPL Math Placement Test is the only one that you may take more than once.

Before starting your placement exams, make sure that you:

  1. 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.

  2. Have a reliable Internet connection. The best browsers are Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. We don't recommend using Internet Explorer.
  3. Choose a quiet location where you will be able to work on a computer UNINTERRUPTED for an hour or two.
  4. 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.
  5. Have a pencil and scratch paper ready for calculations and diagrams if you want to take the Chemistry or the Physics or the MCB exam. You may also use a calculator.

After you log into the placement testing site, click into “University of Illinois Placement Tests.”

  • You will not need to click into “English Placement Test” unless you are a non-native speaker of English who was told by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions that you must take the English as a Second Language Placement Test. This information appears in a paragraph in your Notice of Admission.
  • The “Additional Placement Tests” are for continuing students, not for you new students.

To take your ALEKS PPL Math Placement Exam, you will need to log in through the ALEKS PPL website, where you will find instructions and answers to frequently asked questions.


Go on to "Step 2" for more information.