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Subjects with Departmental Proficiency Exams    (last updated July 6, 2018)

There are many exams that allow an incoming student to try to earn proficiency credit. In addition to the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams that you can take in high school, you have ample opportunity to demonstrate your proficiency in the sciences and the humanities by taking a departmental proficiency exam once you come to campus. Most proficiency exams are offered during the first week of classes. Click on a subject below for more specific information.

 

Thursday, September 6 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in 140 Burrill Hall. Registration is required. Options are IB 100, IB 104, and IB 150. Please check back later for information on how to register.

Tuesday, September 4 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Registration is required. Options are MCB 150, MCB 250, and MCB 252.  An online registration form will be made available at a later date once a room has been assigned for the testing. Please check back.

Thursday, August 23 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. in 100 Noyes Lab. Registration is required. Click "Chemistry" (above) to be taken to the page that has details about the test and the link to register for the exam. Options are CHEM 102 for 3 credit hours, CHEM 104 for 3 credit hours for students who already have CHEM 102 credit, or CHEM 102 with a shorter CHEM 104 for 6 credit hours. You may choose only one of those exam options. Note that no credit is given for general chemistry labs.

Check back later for the Fall 2018 test date. It will probably be Saturday, August 25. Registration is required. Options are CS 101, 105, 125, 173, and 225. Information on how to register will be posted when it becomes available.

Check back later for the on-campus Fall 2018 test date. Registration is required. Options are ECON 102 and/or ECON 103. Information on how to register will be posted when it becomes available.

For information on taking the online version of the ECON 102 and/or ECON 103 proficiency exam during the July 16-22 testing period using Moodle and ProctorU, click "Economics" (above). Registration will open on Monday, July 9th.  Please note that you are responsible for paying all fees associated with taking the online proficiency exam.

French Proficiency Testing: Tuesday, August 28 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Foellinger Auditorium. Register here.

Japanese Placement Testing (strong performance fulfills the LOTE requirement but does not award course credit): Friday, August 24 from 10:00 to 12:00 noon in Room G30 FLB. Register here.

Korean Placement Testing (strong performance fulfills the LOTE requirement but does not award course credit): Friday, August 24 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Room G27 FLB. Register here.

Spanish Proficiency Testing: Tuesday, August 28 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Foellinger Auditorium. Register here.

Learn about testing in less commonly studied languages.

Tuesday, September 4 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, September 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The location will be announced at a later date. Registration is required. Options are HIST 141, 142, 171, or 172. A registration link will become available the week of August 20th.

New, incoming Fall 2018 students may take the MATH 220 'Calculus I' proficiency exam on Thursday, August 23 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 1320 DCL (the Digital Computer Laboratory). No registration is necessary. Bring a valid photo ID, your UIN, and no calculator.

Currently enrolled students and any student who wishes to take the MATH 220, 225, 231, 241, 285, 286, or 415 proficiency exam may sign up for the test that will be offered on Saturday, September 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in Room 1320 DCL. Registration is required. It will open on Friday, August 17 and close at 5:00 p.m. on August 29.

Registration is required for any of the following exams. Click the "Music" link (above) to be taken to the page that has details about each test and its registration link.

  • Tuesday, August 28 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. = Musicianship I and II
  • Wednesday, August 29 from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. = Music Theory
  • Thursday, August 30 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. = Group Piano
  • Thursday, August 30 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. = Musicianship III and IV

Thursday, August 23 at 7:00 p.m. Registration is required. Options are PHYS 101, 102, 211, 212, 213, and 214. Click the "Physics" link (above) to be taken to the page that has more information and the registration link. Registration closes at 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22. The location for each exam will be posted later.

Thursday, August 30 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 12 Psychology Building. Registration is required. Register here. You must report by 5:15 for check-in, as the exam starts promptly at 5:30 p.m. Bring only your Illinois ID card, several #2 pencils, and an eraser.

There is no departmental proficiency test for RHET 105. Credit for this course can be earned with sufficiently high scores on the ACT or SAT, the two AP English tests, or any of seven different IB tests. Click the "Rhetoric" link (above) for more information.

 

Any student who just missed earning proficiency credit from the AP Calculus or AP Physics exams and any student who scores well on the Chemistry and/or Physics Placement Exams should seriously consider taking the departmental proficiency test.

 

To try to proficiency out of an introductory course not mentioned above, contact the department that offers the course.

If the proficiency exam also offers course placement, you will need to check with the department for your placement results.

 

IMPORTANT! Duplicate credit earned through AP, IB, departmental examinations, or any other means will not be granted. This means, for example, that if you already earned MATH 220 credit through the AP Calculus exam, you cannot earn MATH 220 credit again by taking the Math Department's MATH 220 proficiency exam. Credit for a particular course will be awarded only once.