Juniors, whether you’ve realized it yet or not, you’re the new big dogs on campus and that means you’re up next to take on the college application process. In order to make this less intimidating, follow our blogs as we break down its various parts. First up, test scores.
It’s important to note a few things as you make your plan of the next 12 months:
- Illinois accepts both the ACT and SAT, so feel free to submit either or both.
- Test scores must come directly from the testing agency. Note, it takes about 3 weeks for test scores to arrive and be processed so be sure to request scores be sent by October 7 if you’d like to meet the Early Action deadline of November 1. (FYI, once you’ve been awarded Early Action status, you’ll maintain that status even if you submit additional test scores after the November 1 deadline. However, if you don’t send any test scores until after the November 1 deadline, you likely won’t be considered for the Early Action Filing Period.)
- While we do not superscore, it is in your best interest to send all of your test scores. We will look at the highest composite and highest sub-scores regardless of the date they were taken. For example, if you apply to the College of Business, the review committee will be focusing on your math. Therefore, a higher math sub-score accompanied by a lower composite score may make your application more competitive.
- It is also important to note that if you have an English sub-score of 32 or higher on file for the ACT, you will automatically be given credit for RHET 105 (Composition I) when you enroll. If you don’t send this score, it may result in duplicating credit that you’ve already earned.
- Lastly, keep in mind that we don’t require the ACT writing section, SAT Subject Exams (SAT IIs), or Advanced Placement (AP) scores for admission. However, if you’re admitted to Illinois and would like to receive credit for your AP scores, they must be sent to our campus. You can see how we’re currently accepting AP credit here.
It’s easy to monitor your application via your myIllini account. You’ll be able to check whether we’ve received your application fee or fee waiver, test scores, and if your application is complete. Please allow at least 10 business days for processing time after you’ve sent scores. If it’s been awhile since you sent your test scores and your myIllini account is saying that we don’t have them yet, it’s best to contact the testing agency first. You should confirm that your results were sent to the correct institution, your name was spelled correctly, and date of birth matches what you have listed on your application. If you find out that any of these don’t match what we have here at Illinois, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
The key here is being proactive. If you’re interested in applying to Illinois, list us as one of the schools to send your scores to when you take the test. This will help you avoid any headaches. If you find yourself needing any help, feel free to reach out.