Undergraduate Placement Testing

Course Placement Testing Policy

To support student success and to meet the requirements of Minnesota State 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, SAT and MCA Scores2

Shelf life of ACT, SAT and MCA equivalent scores for exemption from testing

The shelf life of equivalent scores is 5 years from original test year in order to be considered for exemption.

Appeal process

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

Exemption from testing will be based on 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

SAT ERW

Action

480 or above Student may enroll in English 191
Below 480 Student will take the ACCUPLACER Reading subtest

MCA

Action

Below 1047 on Reading
NOTE: MCA scores not used for writing placement
Student will take the ACCUPLACER Reading subtest

 

1.b. Mathematics

ACT Math Sub-Score

Highest Class

24 or above Math 115, STAT 219, 239
22 or above Math 196, 112, 201
20 or above Math 193, 072, STAT 193
Below 20 Math 070

SAT Math

Highest Class

530 or above Math 072, 193, 112, STAT 193
Below 530 Math 070

MCA Math

Highest Class

1148 or above STAT 193, Math 072
1150 or above STAT 193, Math 193
1158 or above Math 112, 193, STAT 193
Below 1148 Math 070

NOTE: Students may be able to place into higher level math courses than indicated by their ACT/SAT/MCA scores. To do so, they must take the ACCUPLACER Mathematics test. Please see Math Department for further information.

1.c. EAP

 

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 Reading test and may also take additional ESL ACCUPLACER tests.
  • 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 listeningFor additional exemption criteria, refer to the EAP Program website (http://www.stcloudstate.edu/eap/exam.aspx).
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 Minnesota State 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 Accessibility 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

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
Stat 239

Math 211
Math 113

Math 221
Math 271

ACT math subscore minimum   20 22 24    
Calculus Readiness Test Minimum   16 16 16 19 20
ACCUPLACER minimums None required 70 EA 60 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, 239 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

Goal 4: Mathematical/Logical Reasoning

CSCI 200; MATH 112, 113, 115, 193, 196, 201, 211, 221, 222; PHIL 223; STAT 193, 219, 239

For more information, testing schedule and practice questions, see the Department of Mathematics and Statistics site.

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 TestWhen 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

1The Minnesota State Assessment for Course Place Committee website can be found at http://www.minnstate.edu/board/procedure/303p1.html

2See Appendix I for SAT Equivalent scores.

3 According to the definition in Minnesota State 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).”