Placement Testing
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For questions or information, 
please contact:

Placement & Proficiency
(217) 244-4437


Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Placement testing is open

for Spring 2020 course enrollment.

Illinois offers a variety of introductory-level courses, even within the same subject, and so the purpose of placement testing is to determine which of those introductory-level courses is the right one for you. If you score high on a placement test, you will qualify to sit for the departmental proficiency test. You are not required to take any proficiency test, but it is an option to consider. The "Proficiency Testing" page (click the link in the left panel) has more information.

Which placement tests do YOU need to take?

  • Are you a new freshman?
  • Are you a new transfer student?
  • Are you an international student who needs to take the English Placement Test? The EPT will be offered Tuesday morning, January 14; Wednesday morning, January 15; and Thursday morning, January 16. Please note that these dates are during the week BEFORE classes start for Spring semester! Plan your travels accordingly. Registration is required. You need attend only one of those three test dates.


Do you meet the log-in requirements?

  1. Inform the Office of Undergraduate Admissions that you accept Illinois' offer of admission. Your “Acceptance of Admission” must be officially processed before you can be registered to take the online placement exams.
  2. Claim your NetID and set your NetID password. If you can't remember what password you created, you can contact Technology Services to re-set it.

When should you take the tests?

You should complete all of your placement exams at least two weeks prior to your New Student Registration appointment. If you wait until the last minute, your test results might not be available for your academic advisor to see.

Remember ...

If you have absolutely no familiarity with a subject, you do not need to take its placement test.

Click the INFORMATION links in the left-hand menu to learn about our academic writing courses, math placement testing, options for science placement testing, and studying a "language other than English."

Test Accommodations

Students who need extra time can request authorization for extended time from the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) by calling 217-333-4604 (V/TTY) or emailing If you need any other type of accommodation, please contact DRES to get more information and to make arrangements.

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