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Rhetoric Proficiency Credit

Proficiency credit for Rhetoric, as well as course placement into Rhetoric, is based on your highest ACT English score, 'old SAT' Critical Reading score, or 'new SAT' Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score. If you take both the ACT and the SAT, we will use your best score from any of these tests.

If your ACT English score is at least a 32 or your SAT score is at least 690, you will automatically earn 4 hours of proficiency credit for RHET 105. This means that you have fulfilled the General Education 'Composition I' requirement. In this case, you should talk with your academic advisor about which course to take next.

NOTE: If you are an international student, check your letter of admission to see whether you are required to take the English as a Second Language Placement Test (known as the EPT). If you are required to take the EPT, then you must take the EPT even if you submitted ACT or SAT scores with your application. The EPT has two parts -- Written and Oral -- and so even if you earned proficiency credit for RHET 105 based on your ACT or SAT score, you will still need to take the EPT for the oral communication evaluation.

The following scores also earn RHET 105 proficiency credit:

  • AP English Language exam = 4 or 5
  • AP English Literature exam = 4 or 5
  • IB English A: Literature, either Higher Level or Standard Level = 6 or 7
  • IB English A: Language and Literature, either Higher Level or Standard Level = 6 or 7
  • IB English A: Literature and Performance, Standard Level = 6 or 7
  • IB Film, either Higher Level or Standard Level = 6 or 7

 

 

Please note that duplicate credit will not be awarded. This means, for example, that if you already earned 4 hours of RHET 105 credit based on your ACT English score, you cannot earn another 4 hours of RHET 105 credit with a high score on the AP English Language exam. You can earn credit for a particular course only once.