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. Please complete this requirement at least two weeks prior to your Registration date.
Wondering which placement tests you have to take? To find out, click on the College that you have been admitted to.
The Rhetoric courses are our 'Composition I' courses. Successfully completing a Comp I course is a General Education requirement of all undergraduate students. There is no placement exam for your Composition I course if you are a native speaker of English. Native English-speaking students will be placed into a Rhetoric course based on their highest ACT English (or SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing) score.
Non-native English-speaking students will be informed by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions whether they are required to take the English as a Second Language Placement Test (known as 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 English (or SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing) score.
If you are required to take the EPT, then you must take the EPT even if you submitted ACT or SAT scores with your application. You cannot use your ACT English or SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score for Rhetoric course enrollment.
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. The Department of Mathematics coordinates the online ALEKS PPL exam. To take this placement test, you will log in through the ALEKS PPL website, where you will find instructions and answers to frequently asked questions.
Your ALEKS PPL Math Placement Exam score will appear on the screen when you complete the exam. 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. After your second exam, it is required that you engage in the learning module for at least 5 hours before you will be allowed to log in and test again. If you wish to test a fourth or fifth time, you will need to contact the Math Department to request a password to access the test.
The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning offers online placement exams in chemistry, physics, and molecular and cellular biology. Please note that you are allowed only one attempt and your test results will NOT appear on the screen when you complete the test. This is because it is very important that you meet with your academic advisor during Registration to discuss your placement test results and your course enrollment options. Results are 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 recommendation when pre-registering 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 this 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.
The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning offers online placement exams in French, German, Latin, and Spanish. Please note that you are allowed only one attempt and your test results will NOT appear on the screen when you complete the test. This is because it is very important that you meet with your academic advisor during Registration to discuss your placement test results and your course enrollment options.
Placement exams for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean are offered on campus (not online) at the beginning of each fall and spring semester and are open to both new students and continuing students. Although demonstrating language proficiency in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean on these exams can fulfill the Gen Ed LOTE requirement, it DOES NOT earn you course proficiency credit. Registration for the East Asian language tests is required. You cannot just show up and ask to be admitted.
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 recommendation when pre-registering for your third semester. After that, you would need to take a departmental proficiency exam in order to obtain 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need any other type of accommodation, please contact DRES to make arrangements.
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