The School of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Undergraduate Instructional Program

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Proficiency Exams

Proficiency exams are offered for the following MCB courses each semester, typically on the 2nd Tuesday (lecture courses) and 2nd Thursday (lab courses) of the semester.

  • MCB 150, Molec & Cellular Basis of Life
  • MCB 151, Molec & Cellular Laboratory
  • MCB 250, Molecular Genetics
  • MCB 252, Cells, Tissues & Development

Fall 2016 proficiency exams for lecture courses (MCB 150, 250 and 252) will be offered on Tuesday, August 30 from 6 PM to 9 PM. The proficiency exam for MCB 151 lab will be offered on Thursday, September 1 from 6 PM to 9 PM.

Proficiency exams are not offered during the summer term.

Students may register using the following form no later than 12:00 PM on the day of the exam you wish to take. Only one MCB Proficiency exam can be taken per day.

Request forms will be reviewed by the MCB Core Curriculum Office, and students will receive a response via email with instructions and room assignments.

Please note, students may not take a proficiency exam if any of the following apply:
  1. You have taken the proficiency exam for the given course previously.
  2. You have already completed the course for credit or for a grade.
  3. You were enrolled in the course and withdrew after the campus drop deadline (eighth week of the semester).
  4. You have completed more than one course in advance of the course in which the proficiency exam is requested. (This is stated in the Student Code 3-203 (see below)
Additional information regarding proficiency exams appears in Article 3, Part 2, 3-203, Proficiency Examinations, in the Code of Policies and Regulations Applying to All Students (see below).

Per Student Code, Part 2. Examinations, 3-203 Proficiency Examinations, departmental proficiency examinations may be taken only by the following:

  • Students who are enrolled for courses on the Urbana-Champaign campus.
  • Persons who have been previously registered in a degree program and are currently registered in guided individual study or extramural courses.
  • Persons not registered in the University at the time but who are candidates for undergraduate degrees at the University of Illinois and who need no more than ten semester hours to complete the requirements for their degrees.

Note: A proficiency examination may not be taken either to raise a grade or to earn credit in a course that has been failed. (See § 3‑204 on special examinations.)

An examination for credit in a college subject of elementary character is not granted to a student who has received credit for more than one semester of work in the subject in advance of the course in which the examination is requested.

The grade in proficiency examinations is PS or F, but students are not given a grade of PS unless they have earned a score of 70% or better on the examination. No official record is made of failures in these examinations, but some departments may prohibit a student from retaking the examination.

Undergraduate students who pass a proficiency examination are given credit toward graduation for the amount regularly allowed in the course, provided such credit does not duplicate credit counted for admission to the University and provided the credit is acceptable in their curriculum.

Credit earned by a proficiency examination does not count toward satisfying the minimum requirement of sixty semester hours of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign credit, of which at least 21 hours must be 300 or 400 level courses at the Urbana-Champaign campus. (See § 3‑801 on credit requirements for degrees.)

Graduate students may satisfy specific requirements by proficiency examinations, but such credit cannot be applied toward graduate degrees.

Questions about proficiency exams should be directed to the MCB Core Curriculum Office at 217-244-6239.