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Placement & Proficiency
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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) 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.
Math (ALEKS PPL) Yes
Chemistry

Yes, if you have been admitted to or if you are planning to pursue one of the LAS majors and/or pre-professional programs listed below:

Majors:

  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences, including Biology Teaching Option
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Chemistry, including the Chemistry Teaching Option
  • Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability: the Science of the Earth System (SES) Concentration only
  • Geography and Geographic Information Science: the Physical Geography Option only
  • Geology, including the Earth Sciences Teaching Option
  • Physics, including the Physics Teaching Option

Pre-Professional Programs:

  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Veterinary Medicine

Yes, if you studied chemistry in high school and you plan to take a chemistry course at Illinois

No, if you have been admitted to an LAS program which is not listed above and you don't plan to take a chemistry course at Illinois

Physics

Yes, if you are in one of the following programs:

  • 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)

Yes, if you studied physics in high school and you plan to take a physics course at Illinois

No, if you have been admitted to an LAS program which is not listed above and you don't plan to take a physics course at Illinois

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)
Only if you studied a LOTE in high school but did not successfully complete at least 4 years of the same LOTE, or if you plan to continue with the language at Illinois

Placement testing for 2019-2020 is now open.



TRANSFER STUDENTS:

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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 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. 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) Only if you are moving through the MCB curriculum. 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 that same LOTE at Illinois. Most programs in the College of LAS require that students successfully complete the fourth level of a LOTE to fulfill the General Education language requirement. Check your handbook.

Placement testing for 2019-2020 is now open.