Placement Testing - Undergraduate Studies - St. Cloud State University

Placement Testing - Undergraduate Studies - St. Cloud State University

Course Placement Testing Policy

To support student success and to meet the requirements of MnSCU policy 3.31, St. Cloud State University has developed the following procedure for assessing new entering students’ skills in reading, writing, and mathematics.

All new incoming students, including transfer students, are required to take the ACCUPLACER subject tests if one or more of the following conditions apply:

  • If the student does not have ACT or SAT equivalent test scores
  • If the ACT or SAT equivalent test scores fall below the cut scores determined for English, Reading, and Mathematics for exemption from placement testing.

ACT Scores2

Shelf  life of  ACT equivalent  scores for exemption from testing

The shelf life of ACT equivalent scores is 5 years from original test year in order to be considered for exemption.  This shelf life applies to the Reading & English testing areas.

ACT math scores dated prior to May 1, 2013 are valid for four (4) years. ACT math scores dated May 1, 2014 - May 1, 2015 will be valid for three (3) years. ACT math scores dated after May 1, 2015 will be valid for two (2) years.

Appeal process

See appropriate director or department head for appeal information and forms.

Exemption from testing will be based on ACT scores as follows:

1.a. Reading and English

ACT Reading and English Sub-Scores

Action

21 or above in the Reading subtest
OR
18 or above in the English subtest

Student may enroll in  English 191

Below 21 in the Reading subtest
AND
Below 18 in the English subtest

Student will take the ACCUPLACER Reading subtest


1.b. Mathematics

ACT Math Sub-Score

Highest Class

24 or above

Math 115, STAT 219

22 or above

Math 196, 112, 201

20 or above

Math 193, 072, STAT 193

Below 20

Math 070

NOTE:  Students who wish to take MATH 113, MATH 211, MATH 221 or STAT 239 must take the College Level Math test.  Students may be able to place into higher level math courses than indicated by their ACT score by taking the ACCUPLACER Mathematics test and placing into higher level coursework.

1.c. ESL

 

ACT Reading and English Sub-Scores
Other Standardized Test Scores

Action

Non-native speakers of English who are NOT international students3

21 or above in the Reading subtest
OR
18 or above in the English subtest

Student may enroll in  English 191

Below 21 in the Reading subtest
AND
Below 18 in the English subtest

  • If the student identifies him/herself as a non-native speaker of English, the student will take the ACCUPLACER ESL Reading test and College ESL Essay Test unless the student requests to take the ACCUPLACER Reading test for native speakers of English.
  • If the student scores 54 or below on the ACCUPLACER Reading test for native speakers of English, the student will be required to take the ACCUPLACER ESL Reading test, College ESL Essay Test, and ACCUPLACER Listening Test.

Non-native speakers of English who are international students

600 or above in the paper-based TOEFL
OR
250 or above in the computer-based TOEFL
OR
100 or above in the iBT TOEFL with subscores no less than 25 in reading, writing, and listening

For additional exemption criteria, refer to the College ESL Program website (http://www.stcloudstate.edu/esl/exam.asp).

Student may enroll in English 191.

Below 600 in the paper-based TOEFL
OR
Below 250 in the computer-based TOEFL
OR
Below 100 in the iBT TOEFL and one or more subscores less than 25 in reading, writing, and listening
OR
None of the additional exemption criteria is met.

Student will take the ESL ACCUPLACER Reading and Listening tests
AND
College ESL writing test.

 

ACCUPLACER Testing

The MnSCU Assessment for Course Placement Committee (ACPC), after researching several testing instruments has chosen ACCUPLACER as the primary testing instrument in Reading, Mathematics, and ESL to assess student skills.  Sample questions may be viewed at the ACCUPLACER website: www.testprepreview.com/accuplacer_practice.htm.

Retesting

Students are allowed one (1) retest in a calendar year.
International  students who are non-native speakers of English are required to take required ESL courses during their first semester at SCSU; therefore, retesting is not allowed.

Appeal Process

See appropriate director or department head for appeal information and forms.

Accommodation for students with disabilities

Student will contact Student Disability Services for information regarding testing accommodations, dates, and sites.

The following cut scores in each of the areas determines placement as described below:

2.a. English and Reading

ACCUPLACER Test Scores

Action

78 or above in Reading

Student may enroll in English 191

77 or below in Reading

Student will be placed into appropriate Reading AND English courses

 

2.b. Mathematics

Mandatory placement for ALL students.

Transfer students present evidence of prerequisite for exemption.

All students wanting to enroll in a math course above MATH 070 must present an ACT math score or will be required to take the ACCUPLACER placement test in one or more of the following areas:

  • ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra (EA) And/Or
  • ACCUPLACER Intermediate Algebra (IA) And/Or
  • College Level Mathematics (CLM)

Mathematics and Statistics Courses

 

Math 070

Math 072
Math 193
Stat 193

Math 112
Math 196
Math 201

Math 115
Stat 219

Math 211
Math 113
Stat 229

Math 221

ACT math subscore minimum

 

20

22

24

 

 

Calculus Readiness Test Minimum

 

16

16

16

19

20

ACCUPLACER minimums

None required

70 EA or 58 IA

65 IA or 50 CLM

65 IA or 50 CLM

60 CLM

65 CLM

Mathematics and Statistics Requirements

First
Requirement

Math 221

Math 211

Stat 219, 229

Math 112 115, 196, 201

Math 193 Stat 193

Recommended Preparation

Math 115 or Math 112 and
Math 113

Math 112

Stat 193

 

 

Review

Math 072 Math 070

Math 072 Math 070

Math 070

Math 072 Math 070

Math 070

SCSU Liberal Education Program Goal 4: Mathematical Thinking & Quantitative Reasoning

MATH 112, 113, 115, 193, 196, 201, 211, 221, 222 STAT 193, 219, 229

For more information, testing schedule and practice questions, see our web site: www.stcloudstate.edu/mathplacement/

2.c. ESL

Course Placement Tests

Course Placements

ACCUPLACER Listening Test

90 or above

Exempt from ESL Listening & Speaking courses

80 ~ 89.9

ESL Listening & Speaking 201

70 ~ 79.9

ESL Listening & Speaking 101

Below 70

No permission to take ESL L&S. Recommended to take IEC courses

College ESL Essay Test
&
ACCUPLACER Reading Test

When the test scores from these two tests place a student in two different levels of ESL Reading & Writing, the essay test score will be used for the placement decision.

85 or above on the Essay Test
AND
100 or above on ACCUPLACER Reading

Exempt from ESL Reading & Writing courses

75 ~ 84.9 on the Essay Test
OR
90 ~ 99.9 on ACCUPLACER Reading

ESL Reading & Writing 202

70 ~ 75 on Essay Test
OR
Below 90 on ACCUPLACER Reading

ESL Reading & Writing 102

Below 70 on Essay Test

No permission to take ESL R&W. Recommended to take IEC courses


Appendix I

CONCORDANCE TABLES FOR ACT AND SAT SCORES4

ACT English

SAT Verbal

ACT Math

SAT Math

36

800

36

800

35

790

35

790

34

780

34

780

34

770

34

770

34

760

34

760

33

750

33

750

33

740

33

740

32

730

32

730

32

720

32

720

31

710

31

710

31

700

31

700

30

690

30

690

30

680

30

680

29

670

29

670

29

660

29

660

29

650

29

650

28

640

28

640

28

630

28

630

27

620

27

620

27

610

27

610

26

600

26

600

26

590

26

590

25

580

25

580

25

570

25

570

24

560

24

560

24

550

24

550

23

540

23

540

23

530

23

530

22

520

22

520

21

510

21

510

21

500

21

500

20

490

20

490

20

480

20

480

19

470

19

470

19

460

19

460

18

450

18

450

17

440

18

440

17

430

18

430

16

420

17

420

16

410

17

410

15

400

17

400

1The MnSCU Assessment for Course Place Committee website can be found at http://www.courseplacement.project.mnscu.edu/

2See Appendix I for SAT Equivalent scores.

3 According to the definition in MnSCU Board Policy 3.4 Part 1, “An International Student is a student who is required to be registered under the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).”

4 Source: ACT, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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