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Placement and Proficiency
Room 247 Armory
(217) 244-4437
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Online placement testing

Placement testing is open May 1, 2024 - September 9, 2024


Click here to go to the Math Department's page which has the login link.


Click here and log in with your NetID and password to take a placement test in chemistry, biology, or physics.


Click here and log in with your NetID and password to take a placement test in French, German, Latin, or Spanish.

  • Are you an upperclassman or a graduate student who simply wants to know which Spanish course or which French course to enroll in?
  • Click here to take the "Spanish Placement Test for Non-Freshmen."
  • Click here to take the "French Placement Test for Non-Freshmen."
  • You will see your placement recommendation as soon as you finish, and you can add that course to your Fall 2024 or your Spring 2025 class schedule.


Click here to fill out a questionnaire for self-directed placement into an academic writing course. If you are required to take the EPT for placement into an academic writing course, you MUST take the EPT. If you are not required to take the EPT and if you submitted ACT/SAT scores with your application to Illinois, you do not need to fill out this questionnaire.

Plan in advance ...

Budget your time so that you can complete all of your placement tests at least two weeks before your registration date. You don't have to take all of your placement exams in one sitting. You may do one test one day and take another test another day.

  • If you are a freshman, check to see which tests you are required to take. There is rarely a need to take all of them.
  • If you are a transfer student, you might not need to take any.
  • You can take the exams in whatever order you want.
  • Once you start a test, you must complete it at that time. There is no "Save and Continue Later" feature.
  • Only math allows more than one attempt.
  • Detailed instructions for each test will appear before the test actually begins.

Before you start, do you ... ?

  • Know your Network ID and the Active Directory password that you created when you claimed your NetID?
  • Have a reliable Internet connection? The best browsers are Firefox and Google Chrome. Do not use Internet Explorer or Safari.
  • Have a quiet location where you will be able to work UNINTERRUPTED for an hour or two?
  • Have all other applications on your device closed so that you can focus on each question and complete the test within its time limit?
  • Have a pencil and scratch paper handy for calculations and diagrams if you want to take a science exam?
  • Have a calculator in case you want to use one for the science exams? Although a calculator is not necessary for the science exams, you are allowed to use one. However, for the math exam, you should use the calculator that is in the software. You are NOT allowed to use your own calculator for the math exam.

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 at Please let us know your UIN.

(a) Not able to log in?
  • Make sure you tell the Office of Undergraduate Admissions that you accept Illinois' offer of admission.
  • Enter the correct password for your NetID. Do you need to reset your password ?
  • Try using a different browser. Firefox and Google Chrome are recommended. Safari and Internet Explorer tend to experience problems.
  • Double-check your modem, cable, or DSL connection. Go wherever there is a stronger Internet connection.
(b) Disconnected?

    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 reset it for you. Tell us your name, netID, which exam got disconnected, and any error message you saw.

(c) 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 entered the exam but quit before submitting answers, 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 reset the exam for you.