Placement & Proficiency
Placement and Proficiency Testing
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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.

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 FALL SEMESTER IS NOW CLOSED.

  • Math placement testing for Spring course enrollment has begun. Go here for more information.

  • Science and "language other than English" placement testing for Spring course enrollment will open in November.

 

Wondering which placement tests you have to take? To find out, click on the College that you have been admitted to.


Rhetoric

The Rhetoric courses are introductory courses in 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 ACT English or SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score.
  • If you have taken a college-level composition course, then your RHET placement is based on your previously taken, transferable English 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 met the 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 must enroll in RHET 233. By successfully completing RHET 233, you will simultaneously fulfill your General Education 'Composition I' requirement and your General Education 'Advanced Composition' requirement.

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 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.

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, you will need to contact the Math Department for permission and a password.

Science

Online placement exams are offered in chemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and physics. Please note that you are allowed only one attempt. It is very important that you discuss your placement test results and your course enrollment options with your academic advisor. 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. 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. It is very important that you discuss your placement test results and your course enrollment options with your academic advisor.

Please note that Chinese is offered separately from the other languages. You will need to enroll in the Chinese test if you wish to take this test. Be sure to run your computer through the Technology Requirements to verify that your responses will be captured.

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. 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.

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 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.



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.

 

Click here for information about proficiency testing and course credit.

Click here for the cutoffs that apply to all new students enrolling at Illinois in 2018-2019.

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