Mathematics Proficiency Examinations

Update (5/26/22)

Note: All times listed on this page refer to Central Time (CT). In Illinois, Central Daylight Time (CDT) is observed from the 2nd Sunday in March to the 1st Sunday in November. Central Standard Time (CST) is used during the remainder of the year.

At the moment, all future proficiency exams and conflict exams will be held in-person on campus. The June proficiency exam is scheduled for Tuesday, June 14, from 5-8 p.m. Central Time (CT) in 100 Noyes Lab, with the June conflict exam on Wednesday, June 15, from 5-8 p.m. Registration for the June exam will open at midnight on Friday, May 27. Please read all the information on this page before emailing or calling with questions.

Students sitting for any in-person conflict exam must have Building Status Granted on their Illinois app.

Registration information is below.


 

The Department of Mathematics offers proficiency examinations in Math 220, 225, 231, 241, 285, and 415, to allow students to obtain college credit by demonstrating proficiency in the course material. A proficiency examination is comparable to a three-hour written final examination in that course, and a grade of B- or better is needed for course credit to be awarded. Proficiency examinations are not for placement or diagnostic purposes, but are only for awarding credit to students who demonstrate thorough knowledge of the course material.

These examinations demand more than an elementary acquaintance with the course material. The student must have solid command of the concepts and problem-solving skills for the course; therefore, students should attempt a proficiency examination only after proper study and preparation. Students may acquire a course syllabus from the Department of Mathematics syllabi webpage. An online search can provide study guides, practice exams, and even actual exams for recent offerings of these classes. (Note: Fall semester Math 231 EL1/EL2 sections include material that is not part of the Math 231 proficiency exam.) Students needing credit for Math 221 may use Math 220 to fill any such requirement.

Timing and Sign-Up for Proficiency Exams

Proficiency examinations are given twice during the fall semester, once near the beginning of spring semester, and once during the summer session. Students may register for only one exam for each exam date.

Registration for each exam does not open until two weeks prior to the exam date.

June 14, 2022, Math Proficiency Exam Registration Link: https://go.math.illinois.edu/proficiency-registration

Conflict Option

Students who cannot take the exam at the regular time because of religious obligations, conflicts with other proficiency exams outside the math department, scheduled university classes/labs, and other compelling academic conflicts, may request to take the conflict option. Conflict exams are usually scheduled for Wednesday evening following the regular Saturday exam time. To request the conflict option, contact math-proficiency@illinois.edu at least one week before the exam date, indicating the proficiency exam you would like to take and providing details of your conflict (e.g., course and name/email of instructor in case of a conflict with a class). Conflict requests are subject to approval by the Undergraduate Office and will only be granted for compelling reasons such as those mentioned above (but not, for example, to accommodate personal travel schedules). When registering, list "conflict request" in the Accommodations question in addition to emailing.

Special Accommodations

Students who would like to request a special accommodation such as extended testing time must contact math-proficiency@illinois.edu immediately after registering for the exam. Students with disabilities should make sure to register with DRES and include the official DRES letter of accommodations; the Department of Mathematics cannot review medical information or use high school accommodation letters.

Canceling Your Exam

If you wish to cancel your registration for the exam, please fill out the following form: https://go.math.illinois.edu/cancel-proficiency

A student may cancel a signup without penalty until the date and time noted in the following table. If a student signs up for an examination but does not appear to take the exam on the exam date, that will count as an attempt (see "Number of Attempts" below).

Proficiency Exam Date

Registration Period

Cancellation Deadline

Location

June 14, 2022: 5–8 p.m. May 27, 2022, midnight – June 11, 2022, noon June 11, 2022,
11:59 p.m.
100 Noyes Lab

August 27, 2022

9 a.m.–noon (Math 225, 231, 241, and 285)

2–5 p.m. (Math 220 and 415)

August 12, 2022, midnight – August 24, 2022, noon August 24, 2022,
11:59 a.m.
in-person, TBD
Early October 2022, TBD      
January 2023, TBD      
June 2023, TBD      

 

August New Student Proficiency Exam

For Math 220 only, a two-hour, multiple-choice exam on the material covered in Math 220 is given only to new first-time freshmen and new transfer students. Registration for the Thursday, August 18, 2022, 12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. exam will open in early August and be available later than other exams. Registration will be online, but the exam will be held in person at a location which has yet to be determined.

Note: this exam is not available to those who will be University Laboratory High School students in Fall 2022.

Students with a religious conflict or who need disability-related accommodations, such as extended testing time, should contact math-proficiency@illinois.edu with reason for conflict or request for accommodations (including their approved letter of accommodations) at least one week before the exam date.

Students may take an exam for Math 220 at other times, but it will be a 3-hour exam.

Number of Attempts

For Math 285 and 415, only one attempt per student is allowed. Two attempts are permitted for Math 220, 225, 231, and 241. If you have previously taken one of these courses and received a grade, you are not eligible to sit for the proficiency exam.

Examination Conduct and Materials

All students sitting for proficiency exams agree to abide by the academic integrity and confidentiality expectations for our exams. Students may not use outside help of any sort, including calculators, notes, books, online materials, or assistance from others. Students must agree to maintain the confidentiality of the exam and not disclose exam questions to outside parties. Expectations and sanctions related to academic integrity are laid out in the university Student Code at https://studentcode.illinois.edu/article1/part4/1-402/

Results

The assigned grade is Pass or Fail. Results of the proficiency will be available in the Grades section of the proficiency Moodle at https://learn.illinois.edu within 2 business days after the exam date.

Please note that students cannot view their exams to see what they missed.

If a student passes their exam, it will take one to three months for the credit they have earned to appear on the official university record. Those who pass may use a screenshot of their Moodle result as interim proof of pass.

Note: The Department of Mathematics does not enforce prerequisites, and you do not need our approval to register for the next math course.

 

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding mathematics proficiency exams, please contact:

Mathematics Undergraduate Office
313 Altgeld Hall

math-proficiency@illinois.edu
(217) 244-7310