Whether or not you are required to take the placement exams depends on which College you are going into, your academic background, and your intended program of study. Even if you have taken Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests in these subjects, you still need to take the placement exams because your AP and IB results won't come until later in the summer. Please complete your placement testing at least two weeks prior to your Registration date.
Placement testing for 2019-2020 is now open.
Not sure which placement tests you have to take? Click on the College that you have been admitted to.
If you are ready to take your math placement test, go to the Math Department’s ALEKS PPL page.
If you are ready to take a science or language placement test, go to the Learn@Illinois page.
The Rhetoric courses are introductory courses for learning academic writing and research skills. Successfully completing Rhetoric is a General Education requirement for all undergraduate students and is called 'Composition I.'
If you are a native speaker of English, there is no placement exam for your 'Composition I' course. You will be placed into a RHET course based on your highest appropriate ACT or SAT score.
Non-native English-speaking students will be informed by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions whether they are required to take the English Placement Test (the EPT). This information appears in your letter of admission.
If you are not required to take the EPT, then you will be placed into a Rhetoric course based on your highest ACT or SAT score.
If you are required to take the EPT, then you must take the EPT even though you submitted ACT or SAT scores with your application. The only exception is if you already fulfilled the University's General Education 'Composition I' requirement with transferred coursework from another institution or with test-based credit for RHET 105 from an ACT, SAT, AP, or IB exam.
All incoming freshmen are required to take the ALEKS PPL Math Placement Exam regardless of academic background, Advanced Placement (AP) credit, International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, or dual credit. No exceptions.
The Department of Mathematics coordinates the math placement exam. To take this online placement test, you will log in through the Math Department's ALEKS PPL link, where you will find instructions and answers to frequently asked questions.
Math is the only placement test that you can take more than once. When you complete the test, your score will appear on the screen. If you are satisfied with the result, you will enroll in the course that you qualify for. If you are not satisfied with the result, you can study the material that gave you difficulty by accessing the Preparation and Learning Module and then you can take the test again to try to earn a higher placement. Prior to a third attempt, you will be required to engage in the learning module for a minimum of 5 hours before you can log in and test again. If you wish to test a fourth or fifth time, contact the Math Department for permission and a password.
Your math placement is valid for four months. This means that you must complete your math course in the semester immediately following the date of your test. Otherwise, you will need to test again prior to enrolling in a math class.
Online placement exams are available in chemistry, physics, and molecular and cellular biology. If you wish to take a different science course, just discuss your plan with your academic advisor.
Please note that you are allowed only one attempt at the online tests. Your science course placement is valid for one year. This means, for example, that if you choose not to enroll in a chemistry course during your first or second semester, you may still follow the placement when you register for your third semester. However, after that, you would need to take the departmental proficiency exam in order to obtain an updated evaluation of your knowledge level.
Languages Other Than English (LOTE)
Studying a language other than English is a General Education requirement at Illinois. You must successfully complete either the third or the fourth level of a LOTE (depending on your College) in order to fulfill your language requirement. It is strongly recommended that you take a LOTE placement exam even though you may think you have fulfilled your General Education requirement!
Taking a year-long AP or IB language course does not count for more than one year. Studying the language in middle school may not count at all.
Online placement exams are offered in Chinese, French, German, Latin, and Spanish. You are allowed only one attempt, and you will see your course placement as soon as you finish. You should discuss your placement test results and your course enrollment options with your academic advisor and/or with the language department.
On-campus (not online) placement exams are offered for Japanese and Korean at the beginning of each fall and spring semester and are open to both new students and continuing students. The next opportunity will be Friday morning, August 23, 2019. Although demonstrating language proficiency in Japanese or Korean with high scores on these exams can fulfill the Gen Ed LOTE requirement, it DOES NOT earn you course proficiency credit. All students must register in advance.
If you need to take a placement exam in any other LOTE contact the department to make arrangements.
Results from the language placement exams are valid for one year. This means, for example, that if you choose not to enroll in a LOTE course during your first or second semester, you may still follow the placement when you register for your third semester. After that, you would need to test again in order to get an updated evaluation of your knowledge level. Placement testing is available to you only during your first year.
Students who need extended time can also take the online placement exams. To request authorization for extended time, contact the Testing Center at Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) by calling 217-333-4604 (V/TTY) or emailing email@example.com. If you need any other type of accommodation, please contact DRES to make arrangements.