Placement Testing


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Contact us for all of your testing needs.


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?  Send an email to: testingservices@uis.edu or call 217-206-811

Testing Center Policies

Students wishing to study a foreign language at UIS may also be required to take a placement exam. Language Placement Exams are administered through the Department of Modern Languages.


2017 Fall
Finals Week Schedule

Day Open Close
Monday 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. 7:30 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. 7:30 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m.

You must make an appointment for Finals Week.  WE WILL NOT ALLOW WALK-INS DURING FINALS.
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, 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 Math sub scores, ACCUPLACER Math Placement Test scores, prior college-level math credit, and the intended major to determine in 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 Your ACT Math
Sub Score
SAT Math Score Required to Test
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 22 and below 539 and below Required to Test
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 24 and below 579 and below Required to Test
Biochemistry, Chemistry, Exercise Science (PA/PT), Mathematics, Pre-Med Biology, Pre-Med Clinical Laboratory Science, or anyone planning to take Calculus 26 and below 609 and below Required to Test

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 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 anytime throughout the year and may be taken at a location near you, or at the UIS campus.  Submit this form to register for a location near you.  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 sub-scores in English & Reading. Use the chart below to determine if you must take the ACCUPLACER Reading Placement exam.

Your ACT test section Your ACT Sub Score Your SAT Sub Score/Old Scoring Your SAT Sub Score/New Scoring Required to Test
ACT English 20 and below Below 600 27 and below Required to Test
ACT Reading 20 and below Below 600 27 and below Required to Test

Placement Testing is scheduled at UIS throughout the year. Contact Testing Services for days and times or see the schedule here. Testing can be scheduled at remote testing locations throughout Illinois and the United States. Click on this link to request a testing location near you.


Foreign Language Placement Testing

Foreign Language Placement Testing is not done in Testing Services.

Students wishing to study a foreign language may have to take a language placement exam.  You may contact the Modern Languages department for more information.  If you need to take an exam, please complete the Modern Languages Placement Testing Request form.

Study in a modern language other than English is required for some majors and programs of study.

International students whose first language is not English may be required to take an English language placement exam. Placement into UIS composition courses is based on a combination of ACT/SAT and TOEFL or Millicet scores. Contact the ESL office at (217) 206-8356 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 taker’s 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.