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Placement & Proficiency
(217) 244-4437
pnp@illinois.edu


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

Division of General Studies (DGS) for 2019-2020

NEW FRESHMEN:


PLACEMENT TEST
“Do I Have To Take This Test?”
Rhetoric
We will use your best ACT English+Reading sum or best SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score unless you are required to take the English Placement Test (the EPT). If you are required to take the EPT, you will have received an email informing you of this. Please note that we do not superscore the ACT (i.e., we sum your English and Reading subscores from the same test date).
Math (ALEKS PPL)
Yes
Chemistry
Yes
Physics
Yes, if you are thinking of transferring into any of the following programs:


  • College of ACES: Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Grainger College of Engineering: any program
  • College of LAS:
    • Astronomy
    • Atmospheric Sciences
    • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    • Chemistry-specialized curriculum
    • Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability: the Science of the Earth System (SES) Concentration only
    • Physics
    • Specialized Geology (some of the options)
Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB)
No. However, it is strongly recommended for any student with AP Biology or IB Biology credit who is considering using that credit to pass out of MCB 150 and register for MCB 250.
English as a Second
Language (the EPT)
Only if you received the email stating that you are required to take it
Language Other
Than English (LOTE)
DGS students need to adhere to the LOTE requirement for the major/college they intend to declare. If you’re not sure, then take the LOTE placement exam now and discuss your plans with your academic advisor.

Placement testing will open on November 1st for Spring 2020 course enrollment.

Registration for the mid-semester English Placement Test has opened. It will be given on campus on Saturday, October 12th. Advance registration is required, as seating is limited. There is no online option for mid-semester testing.


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PLACEMENT TEST “Do I Have To Take This Test?”
Rhetoric If you haven't taken any college-level composition course, we will use your best ACT or SAT score to place you into a composition class unless you are required to take the English Placement Test (the EPT). Please note that we do not superscore the ACT (i.e., we sum your English and Reading subscores from the same test date). If you are required to take the EPT, you will have received an email informing you of this. Students who have TOEFL or IELTS scores that do not exempt them from the EPT and who have partial 'Composition I' transfer credit should take the EPT and follow the placement recommendation. Other transfer students with partial 'Composition I' transfer credit have the option of taking RHET 233 to satisfy both the Composition I requirement and the Advanced Composition requirement. Consult with your academic advisor to decide which option is best for you.
Math (ALEKS PPL) Only if you plan to enroll in a Calculus I or a lower-level math class
Chemistry Only if you studied chemistry in high school, you have not earned college credit in chemistry, and you plan to take chemistry at Illinois. Check your handbook.
Physics Only if you are required to take PHYS 211. Check your handbook.
Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) No. However, it is strongly recommended for any student with AP Biology or IB Biology credit who is considering using that credit to pass out of MCB 150 and register for MCB 250.
English as a Second
Language
Only if you received the email stating that you are required to take it
Language Other
Than English (LOTE)
Only if you studied a LOTE in high school, you have not earned college credit in the LOTE, and you plan to take courses in the same LOTE at Illinois. DGS students need to adhere to the LOTE requirements for the major/college they intend to declare. If you’re not sure, then take the placement exam now and discuss your plans with your academic advisor. Check your handbook.

Placement testing will open on November 1st for Spring 2020 course enrollment.

Registration for the mid-semester English Placement Test has opened. It will be given on campus on Saturday, October 12th. Advance registration is required, as seating is limited. There is no online option for mid-semester testing.