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Placement & Proficiency

Placement Testing

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.

Registration for the Chinese Placement Test that will be offered on Friday, October 28th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. is FULL.  It is not possible to sign up for this test.  If you received an email confirming that you are registered, and it turns out that you cannot take the test that Friday, please email Debbie Kraybill to cancel your registration so that another student can have your spot.  We appreciate your cooperation.  The next opportunity to take the Chinese Placement Test will be on January 13, 2017 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

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 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.