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Placement and Proficiency

The University of Illinois offers both placement exams and proficiency exams. These exams will help you adjust your academic plans according to your knowledge and background.

Placement Exams

Placement exams allow you to demonstrate how much you have learned about a subject. Based on the results, we match you with a particular Illinois course for continued study in the subject. Click on the appropriate link below for more information and to complete placement exams.

Proficiency Exams

Proficiency exams allow you to show whether you have mastered a subject well enough to earn Illinois course credit. If your score is high enough, you will earn course credit. The exams are offered in a variety of subjects including math, sciences, rhetoric, foreign language, and psychology. These are paper and pencil, proctored exams that are usually held at the beginning of each fall and spring semester. Click here for details.

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