Departmental proficiency examinations are offered in most 100-level and in a limited number of 200-level courses. The purposes of the examinations are to allow students to receive credit for knowledge acquired previously and to allow students to enroll in more advanced courses or to add breadth to their academic programs. Proficiency examinations are optional and recommended only for students who are unusually skilled in the discipline in which the examination is taken. Specific information about the nature of a given examination, study guide availability, or alternate test dates should be obtained directly from the appropriate departmental or school office.
Registration for Proficiency Examinations is coordinated by the Registrar Service Center (RSC). Detailed information in regard to proficiency examinations can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog. For questions regarding registration for a departmental proficiency exam contact the RSC at 309-438-2188.
Exams are administered at 1:00pm on the Friday before classes begin in the fall and spring semesters. Report to the room listed after the name of the department in which you are taking the examination. The registration deadline is mid-July for fall exams and mid-November for spring exams. Late registration will not be accepted. For specific dates, please contact the Registrar Service Center at (309) 438-2188.
There is a $10 registration fee per exam which will be billed to your student account. Only those students who officially cancel their registration through the Registrar Service Center prior to the exam date, will have the registration fee removed. A confirmation of your registration for the examination will be e-mailed to the address provided. However, there are several requirements to qualify for exam registration:
Proficiency credit is awarded by the examining department. All examination credit is then recorded in the Record's Office.
The School of Information Technology requires a major programming project to be completed prior to the exam. You should contact the department at (309)438-8338 at least one month before you take the examination.
The English department requires a writing portfolio to be completed in lieu of an exam. Please contact the department at (309)438-3667 for more information.