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Placement & Proficiency

Placement Testing

Placement exams serve to determine what your knowledge and skills are in a subject so we can then recommend an appropriate first course for you from the various options available at Illinois. All exams are made available to all incoming students, but you should take only the ones you need to take.

If you never studied a particular subject, you don't need to take its placement test. To enroll in a subject that is completely new to you, you will simply register for its elementary-level course. 

For Spring 2018 course enrollment:

  • ALEKS PPL Math testing opened on September 16th. Click here for more information.
  • Science and "language other than English" testing will re-open in November.
  • Go here to register for the mid-semester Chinese Placement Test. Your specific test date will be confirmed via email after your registration is processed.

Learn more about placement testing.


Proficiency Testing

The purpose of any proficiency test is to find out whether you have mastered the knowledge and the skills that are taught in a particular course well enough that you are prepared to succeed in the subject’s subsequent courses. If so, you earn credit for the course and, if you choose to continue studying the subject, you can skip the lower-level course to begin studying at a higher level. If you choose NOT to continue studying the subject, you still get the course credit, which counts towards graduation.

Learn more about proficiency testing and course credit.


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