Proficiencies

The proficiency requirements are designed to make sure you have the tools you need to move forward in college and beyond.

They are foundational to further academic success and should be addressed as soon as possible after you enter the College, and in any event, no later than the end of your sophomore year. Transfer students should meet the four proficiencies within their first year after admission.

You will need to demonstrate proficiency in four subject areas: writing, mathematics, foreign language and computer technology.

Many students are able to demonstrate proficiency on one or more of these areas through placement tests, AP credit, previous coursework, or ACT or SAT scores. The College also offers courses that satisfy these proficiency requirements every term.

How do I meet the proficiency requirements?

  • Take the online Writing Placement exam and place into ENG 106 (email advising@elmhurst.edu for information)
  • Complete ENG 105 Composition I with a grade of D or better, or bring in transfer credit for ENG 105 with a grade of D or better
  • AP credit, with a score of 3 or higher, for the English Language and Composition exam (official exam scores required), IB Credit (Higher Level score of 5 or higher) or CLEP credit (see 2018-2019 Elmhurst College Catalog for more information)
  • ACT composite of 29 or SAT score of 1900 or higher (prior to March 5, 2016) or SAT evidence-based Reading and Writing sub-score of 580 or higher (after March 5, 2016)
  • ACT Mathematics score of 22 or SAT Mathematics score of 560 or higher (prior to March 5, 2016) or SAT sub-score of 530 or higher (after March 5, 2016)
  • Complete an approved college-level math course (required for a major or as an elective) with a grade of D or better
  • Pass the Mathematics Proficiency exam
    • Offered in the Fall and Spring Terms
    • Watch for email announcements about dates, times and location
    • Students are encouraged to study before taking the Math Proficiency exam
  • AP, IB or CLEP mathematics credit awarded at Elmhurst (see 2018-2019 Elmhurst College Catalog for more information)
  • Complete two or more years of the same language in high school with a grade of D or higher
  • Complete one year of the same language in college with a grade of D or better (equivalent to the 102 level)
  • Take the Elmhurst College Online Placement exam (in Spanish, French or German) and scoring at the 201 level or above (email advising@elmhurst.edu for information)
  • AP credit, with a score of 3 or higher, for the appropriate language exam (official exam scores required), IB Credit or CLEP credit (see 2018-2019 Elmhurst College Catalog for more information)
  • Passing the computer technology proficiency test (download a study guide)
    • Offered several times during the Fall and Spring Terms, as well as on select new student advising days during summer
    • Students may repeat this test once
  • Taking the college-level class CS 111 Introduction to Software Applications and Digital Technology
  • This course may be taken for a passing letter grade or a P
  • Transfer course (at least three semester hours) that includes Office Suite
    • Course description must mention word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database management
  • Education portfolios – ECE/EED/SEC/SPE 370 (later renumbered 450); also, ENG 370 and ART 370
  • Presenting official documentation of passing the Microsoft Excel Certification exam and one of any other Office Product exams

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