Placement & Proficiency
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please contact:

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


OFFICE HOURS

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

New Transfer Students

It's quite possible that you will not need to take any placement tests. This depends entirely on which College you are going into, what your academic background is, and how much (if any) earned credit has been transferred to your academic record at Illinois. If you do need to take a placement exam, please do so at least two weeks prior to your Registration/Advising 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.

 


Rhetoric

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 haven't taken any college-level composition course, you will be placed into a RHET course based on your highest appropriate ACT or SAT score.
  • If you are a native speaker of English and you have taken a college-level composition course, then your RHET placement is based on your previously taken, transferable composition courses. Check your DARS report to see how much credit was accepted by Illinois.
    • If you have earned transferable credit equivalent to RHET 105, you have fulfilled Illinois' General Education 'Composition I' requirement.
    • If you have earned at least one hour of transferable credit for academic writing but not enough to fulfill our Composition I requirement, then you have the option of taking RHET 233 to satisfy both the General Education 'Composition I' requirement and the General Education 'Advanced Composition' requirement. Consult with your advisor to decide which option is best for you.
  • If you are a non-native speaker of English and you have taken a college-level composition course, then you should check your DARS report to see how much credit was accepted by Illinois.
    • If you have earned transferable credit equivalent to RHET 105, you have fulfilled Illinois' General Education 'Composition I' requirement.
    • If you have earned at least one hour of transferable credit for academic writing but not enough to fulfill our Composition I requirement, AND you were told to take the EPT, then you should take the EPT and enroll in the course that you place into.
    • If you have earned at least one hour of transferable credit for academic writing but not enough to fulfill our Composition I requirement and you were not told to take the EPT, then you should discuss your course enrollment options with your academic advisor.

  • Math

    If you plan to enroll in a 'Calculus I' or lower-level math class, you are required to take the ALEKS PPL Math Placement Exam. The Department of Mathematics coordinates math placement testing. To take this online placement test, you will log in through the ALEKS PPL website, 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.

    Science

    Online placement exams are offered in chemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and physics. If you wish to enroll in a different science course, just discuss your plans with your academic advisor.

    Please note that you are allowed only one attempt. 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 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. All undergraduate students must complete the LOTE requirement in order to graduate, and it is strongly recommended that transfer applicants complete it prior to enrolling at Illinois. Depending on the College you transfer into, you will eventually need to complete either the third or the fourth level of a LOTE in order to fulfill your Gen Ed language requirement.

    If you have not already fulfilled the language requirement, or if you did but you wish to study the LOTE further, you need to take a placement test in the language.

    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. 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.

    Did you study Chinese at your previous institution? Do you want to continue studying Chinese at Illinois? If so, click here for information on how to interpret your transcript and how to understand your course enrollment options.

    If you need to take a placement exam in another 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 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.



    Test Accommodations

    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 testing@disability.uiuc.edu. If you need any other type of accommodation, please contact DRES to make arrangements.

 

Learn about proficiency testing and course credit.

View the cutoffs that apply to all new students enrolling at Illinois in 2019-2020.

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