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Placement & Proficiency
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8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The purpose of the placement exams is 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. If you score high on a placement test, you will qualify to register for the departmental proficiency test.
Placement testing is NOT NECESSARY if you have never studied the subject. If the subject is completely new to you, you will enroll in its first semester elementary course.
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 without actually taking the course. The advantage to earning proficiency credit is that you get a "jump start" in your academic studies. If you intend to continue studying the subject, proficiency credit allows you to skip the lower-level course and begin studying at a higher level.
Learn more about proficiency testing and course credit.