Testing Services - Placement Testing Policy

The placement testing policy requires entering and some re-entering students to take the following examinations except where stated exemption conditions have been met. ACT score validity (age of scores and requirements for submission) is defined by University guidelines.

Math Placement Test

All entering freshmen are given two options for placement into a math course: ACT Math score or the Math Placement Test (MPT). Freshmen who submit ACT scores to the University can be placed directly into a math course solely based on their ACT math score. They also have the option of taking the Math Placement Test (MPT), in which case the university will use the higher of the two scores for placement into a math course. Since there is no penalty to take the MPT, freshmen are strongly encouraged to do so, particularly if they took a math course in their senior year of high school.

All newly admitted and readmitted students who do not submit their ACT Math scores are required to take the Mathematics Placement Test with the exception of the following:

  1. Transfer students who have earned a grade of “C” or better in a course equivalent to Intermediate Algebra II (MATH-092);
  2. Transfer and readmitted students who have met the Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement; or
  3. Students with a score of three or higher on the Advance Placement (AP) Calculus Test.

Reading Placement Test

No entering student may register for a Reading course before taking the Reading Placement Test. Students who submit their valid ACT Reading scores will be exempt from taking the Reading Placement Test and from taking READ-115 or READ-116 if they have a score of 20 or greater.

Writing Placement Test

No entering student may register for an English or English Language Program course before taking the Writing Placement Test. Transfer students who do not transfer a course equivalent to ENGL-101 must take the English Placement Test. Students who transfer a course equivalent to ENGL-101 with a grade below “C” also must take the English Placement Test.