Placement Testing

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to take your placement test at a location near you.

 


Placement Testing Services

Students entering UIS who need to complete General Education college-level math and English composition courses may be required to take placement exams prior to registering for their first courses. The Office of Undergraduate Education administers the ACCUPLACER Math & Reading Placement Exams through the Office of Testing Services in HRB 112.  ACCUPLACER exams provide a more in-depth assessment of students’ skills and help college administrators and advisors determine the most appropriate class placement for their new students.  Need to schedule a Placement Exam?  To test at UIS, send an email to: testingservices@uis.edu or call 217-206-8114. 

Need to test closer to home?  Fill out this form.


Spring 2020 Operating Hours

Day Open Close
Monday 8:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
We highly recommend you call (217-206-8114) or email to make an appointment.
You may walk-in for testing; however, a desk or proctor may not be available.
We will accommodate you, if possible.
Please do not make a special trip to campus without an appointment.
PHOTO ID: You must present a current photo ID (UIS iCard, state issued driver’s license, state issued ID, military ID, FOID card, or passport) to be allowed to test.

Math Placement Testing

Students entering UIS with fewer than 30 credit hours are required to complete two (2) UIS college-level math courses to meet the General Education math requirement. In some cases, your general education math courses are determined by your major because some majors require specific math classes as pre-requisites to the major course of study. For example, Calculus is required for Computer Science, Math, and some science majors.

The math courses you take are governed by the placement system utilized by the Math Department at UIS. Two outcomes are possible: 1) placement into a college-level math course appropriate for your skills and your intended major; or 2) placement into a developmental math course to build your skills for future success in a UIS college-level math class. All math placements are made with your success in mind.

The Math Department at UIS uses a combination of ACT/SAT Math sub scores, ACCUPLACER Math Placement Test scores, prior college-level math credit, and the intended major to determine for which math classes you are eligible to register. Based on this information, you may be placed in a college-level math course appropriate for your major or a developmental math course to further prepare you for college-level math. If you do not have prior college-level math credit, use the table below to determine if you are required to take the ACCUPLACER Math Placement Test.

Your Anticipated Major Required to Test
with ACT math
sub score of
Required to Test
with SAT Math
score of
Biology, Clinical Laboratory Science, Communications, Criminal Justice, English, Environmental Studies, Exercise Science (Health & Wellness), Global Studies, History, Legal Studies, Nursing, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Work, Sociology/Anthropology, Visual Arts 23 and below 560 and below
Accounting, Business Administration (Comprehensive, Management Concentration, Marketing Concentration, Finance Concentration, Sport Management Concentration), Computer Science, Economics, Information Systems Security, Management, Management Information Systems, or anyone wishing to take Business Calculus 25 and below 590 and below
Biochemistry, Chemistry, Exercise Science (PA/PT), Mathematics, Pre-Med Biology, Pre-Med Clinical Laboratory Science, or anyone planning to take Calculus 27 and below 640 and below

Transfer students who have not already completed general education math courses, and whose ACT math subscore is 22 or below (24 or below for business and computer science majors, 26 or below for math and science majors) are also required to take the ACCUPLACER math placement exam.

Information regarding Placement Testing is sent to newly-admitted students as they prepare for Orientation. New entering freshmen are expected to complete Math and/or Reading Placement testing prior to attending orientation. 

Placement Exams can be taken at any time throughout the year and may be taken at a location near you, or at the UIS campus. Placement Testing is scheduled at UIS throughout the year. Contact Testing Services for days and times or see the schedule here. If you would prefer to take your placement test elsewhere, submit this form to register for a location near you.  Testing can be scheduled at remote testing locations throughout Illinois and the United States.

Prior to taking the placement exam(s), you are encouraged to review the sample practice questions in college level math and elementary algebra or in reading/writing.  It is best to complete placement testing exams prior to meeting with your advisor to register for classes.


Reading/Writing Placement Testing

New entering students who have not already completed the equivalent of English Composition may be required to take a Reading/Writing placement exam. Placement is determined by the ACT/SAT sub-scores in English & Reading. Use the chart below to determine if you must take the ACCUPLACER Reading Placement exam.

Test Section Required to Test
with ACT
Sub Score of
Required to Test
with SAT (old)
Sub Score of
Required to Test
with SAT (new)
Sub Score of
English 20 and below Below 500 27 and below
Reading 20 and below Below 500 27 and below

Information regarding Placement Testing is sent to newly-admitted students as they prepare for Orientation. New entering freshmen are expected to complete Math and/or Reading Placement testing prior to attending orientation. 

Placement Exams can be taken at any time throughout the year and may be taken at a location near you, or at the UIS campus. Placement Testing is scheduled at UIS throughout the year. Contact Testing Services for days and times or see the schedule here. If you would prefer to take your placement test elsewhere, submit this form to register for a location near you.  Testing can be scheduled at remote testing locations throughout Illinois and the United States.

Prior to taking the placement exam(s), you are encouraged to review the sample practice questions in college level math and elementary algebra or in reading/writing.  It is best to complete placement testing exams prior to meeting with your advisor to register for classes.


Foreign Language Placement Testing

Foreign Language Placement Testing is not done in Testing Services.

You may contact the Modern Languages department for more information


Academic Integrity Agreement

When taking any type of exam at UIS Testing Services, you agree to the following:

  1. Respect other exam takers’ needs for quiet and concentration;
  2. Leave unneeded clothing and other items in coordinator’s office while testing;
  3. Leave electronic devices in coordinator’s office, including, but not limited to, cell phone, smart watch, computer, laptop;
  4. Only use notes, textbooks, scratch paper, Internet, or calculators when allowed by your course instructor;
  5. Refrain from academic dishonesty before, during, and after testing; and,
  6. Follow all instructions given to you by Testing Services staff.