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Placement testing and proficiency testing are two very different enterprises.
Placement testing helps determine the appropriate first course for you in four key academic areas – English composition, math, science, and a language other than English (LOTE). You must complete your placement tests two weeks prior to meeting with your academic advisor.
Proficiency testing awards credit for demonstrated knowledge and skills in a subject. Academic credit can be earned on the basis of sufficiently high scores on the ACT English, the Advanced Placement (AP), the International Baccalaureate (IB), and certain Advanced Level (A-Level) exams as well as on the departmental proficiency tests which are administered on campus usually during the first week of classes in fall and spring semester. If you score high on an Illinois placement test, you will qualify for—and you may wish to consider taking—a departmental proficiency test.
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