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Econ Proficiency Exam Information

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Proficiency Exam

We offer Proficiency Exams for Microeconomic Principles (ECON 102) & Macroeconomic Principles (ECON 103) to current UIUC students at various times throughout the semester. Those passing the exam will receive credit for the course(s).

  • Micro & Macro are separate exams- either or both exam may be taken (sign-up for each exam separately)
  • Students are give 2 hours to take the exam; Students may finish early
  • Multiple-choice exam with around 40-50 questions
  • Passing score is set by the Economics Department and demonstrates knowledge within the subject area
  • One try per exam (you may not take the macro or micro exams more than once)
    • Students who miss/do not attend the exam without notifying the Department ( prior to 24 hours before the exam will not be provided another attempt to take that exam, unless approved by the Undergraduate Office with proper documentation
    • Students may cancel without penalty up to 5pm the day before the exam (only one late cancellation allowed)
  • The material tested in the exams are equivelent to the content taught in our introductory-level courses~ students may utilize any/all introductory level texts to prepare for the exam, primarily the texts used by the instructors currently teaching the courses. 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 and therefore should attempt a proficiency examination only after proper study and preparation (ECON 102 Syllabi: DiIanni Vazquez1 Vazquez2; ECON 103 Syllabi: Petry Buckley)
  • Detailed instructions about the exams are emailed to students who have signed-up prior to the exam. Please see below for more information about the options for taking the exams

Results for the exam will be emailed to the student within three weeks of the exam.
Our office will coordinate with College Offices to provide credit to students who pass the exam (typically it will take around one month for the credit to show, depending on the College Office).

Please contact our office if you have questions after you read the information provided: 217-333-2682

Upcoming Proficiency Exams:

Please pay special attention to the date, time, and format when signing up for a test, and ensure that you only sign-up/take each exam once. We email registrants information prior to the test date with detailed information, including the location and format. Make sure you notify our office of any cancellations at least 24 hours in advance (no-shows will not be able to re-take the exam). You must register 2 or more days before exam; Limited capacity available for On-Campus exams, so please register early.




Registration Link


September 5th and/or 6th


On-campus (Written) (use this link to sign-up for either the microeconomics or macroeconomics exam, or both!)
2 hours per exam; student may take both exams back-to-back (4 hour).
This will be on-campus and there is no charge for taking the exam, but students must be signed-up. Students are only allowed one try for each exam type.

September 5th-17th

student set-up time & day

This is the ProctorU Online Format. Student will arrange a time to take the exam with ProctorU (more details will be provided to students who sign-up for the exam via email). Students must pay the ProctorU fee (typically around $30 per exam). Students must have availability during this time and must have access to a computer and a strong internet connection (more details emailed to student).
*Important: Students should set-up a Moodle account immediately if selecting this option:

Students Needing Accommodations

Students registered with DRES will have the option to take the proficiency exam(s) with accommodations if arranged with the Economics Undergraduate Studies Office and DRES. Please email to coordinate directly (do not sign-up below), and to received more information.
You must be officially registered with DRES and coordinate with their office on exam times, space, and proctoring
. Students not currently registered with DRES who feel they need testing accommodations, please visit the Disability Resources & Educational Services (DRES) website.


ProctorU Online

Online exams are offered at various times over the summer and semesters~ sign-ups for upcoming exams are provided below. Students are able to take either or both exams online. Exams are given during a three-day period, and you will schedule the exact time(s) with ProctorU prior to the exam (instructions sent to student). You may take both the Micro and Macro Proficiency Exams within the same Online ProctorU period. Please read the other requirements below.

**Students taking the online exam will need to pay for the ProctorU service, which is around $20-30/exam.**

In order to take the online exam, you will need access to Moodle ( and ProctorU (, both requiring a very secure internet connection.

Moodle Information:

ProctorU: Students are responsible for meeting the following technical requirements:
• A reliable computer running Windows XP (or higher) or Mac OS X 10 (or higher).
• A web cam with 640x480 video pixel resolution or higher.
• Headphones or working speakers connected to the computer.
• A working microphone connected to the computer. We recommend a web cam that has a built in microphone.
• A web browser with Adobe Flash Player installed. We recommend Flash Player 10.
• A reliable, high-speed internet connection.
• The ability to allow video and screen-sharing connections to the computer you will be using to take your exam.
• Students can test their computer and web cam at
View a video on how it works:

On-Campus Online & On-Campus Written

On-campus exams are offered during scheduled times (typically at the start and end of each semester), and are offered in either an online or written/paper format (both are proctored on-site). Upcoming dates are listed below. Students must sign-up in advance in order to take the exams, and due to limited space we are unable to accommodate sign-ups beyond a set capacity. There will be no cost to take the on-campus proficiency exam(s).

If you intend on taking both Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, you must sign-up for two different times (you will receive 2 hours for each exam and must be signed-up in advance for each). You may sign-up for different formats (ex: Written for Micro and Online for Macro), but you may only take each test once.


ILLINOIS Proficiency Exam Information

Student Code: Proficiency Exams