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'Composition I' Proficiency Credit

Learning how to do research-based writing and how to construct academic, argumentative essays that use primary and secondary sources as evidence is a General Education requirement called 'Composition I.'  It can be fulfilled by taking the appropriate Rhetoric, Communication, or English as a Second Language class(es).

For the 2020-2021 academic year placement into or academic credit for 'Composition I' will be determined by your highest SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) score or by your highest ACT English score, unless you are required to take the English Placement Test (the EPT).

NOTE: If you are an international student who received an email stating that you are required to take the EPT and yet you know that your ACT or SAT score is high enough to earn credit for RHET 105, make sure that you had your ACT or SAT scores sent to Illinois. If satisfaction of the 'Composition I' requirement does not appear on your official academic record, then you must take the EPT as stated in the email.

New students will automatically earn 4 hours of credit for RHET 105 if

  • their official ACT English score is at least 34 or if
  • their official SAT EBRW score is at least 710.

Earning this credit means that you have fulfilled the General Education 'Composition I' requirement. In this situation, you should talk with your academic advisor about which course to take next. The following scores also earn RHET 105 proficiency credit:

  • AP English Language exam = 4 or 5
  • AP English Literature exam = 4 or 5
  • IB Higher Level English A: Literature = 6 or 7
  • IB Standard Level English A: Literature = 6 or 7
  • IB Higher Level English A: Language and Literature = 6 or 7
  • IB Standard Level English A: Language and Literature = 6 or 7
  • IB English A: Literature and Performance (only offered at Standard Level) = 6 or 7
  • IB Higher Level Film = 6 or 7
  • IB Standard Level Film = 6 or 7

Self-reported scores cannot be used for academic credit. RHET 105 credit WILL NOT be posted to your academic record until your official test scores are received directly from the testing agency.

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 SAT EBRW 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.