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Advising Basics and Information for ATP

Advising Basics and Information for Academic Transitions Program (ATP)

ACT - SAT Concordance

The ACT and SAT are different tests that measure similar but distinct constructs. The ACT measures achievement related to high school curricula, while the SAT measures general verbal and quantitative reasoning.

ACT and the College Board have completed a concordance study that is designed to examine the relationship between two scores on the ACT and SAT. These concordance tables do not equate scores, but rather provide a tool for finding comparable scores.

Chemistry Placement Exam

Scores from the Chemistry Placement Exam (CPE), are used to determine chemistry course placement for students enrolling in the university. To determine the recommended chemistry course, a useful placement chart can be found by clicking on Chemistry Placement Exam.

For incoming WKU students, this exam is taken in-person during orientation for students electing to pursue the following program areas are required to take the Chemistry Placement Exam on their Academic Transitions Program date: Agriculture, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Construction Management, Engineering (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical), Geology, Industrial Science, Medical Technology, Physics, Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Forestry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Podiatric Medicine, Pre-Veterinary, Recombinant Genetics, Exploratory Ogden College of Science & Engineering.

Students who need to take Chemistry 120 are highly encouraged to take the Chemistry Placement Exam at their convenience, before their scheduled ATP. The Counseling and Testing Center can provide more information about scheduling an exam. The exam consists of 60 questions - 20 on basic algebra, 20 on basic chemistry, and 20 on advanced chemistry.

This 55-minute timed exam requires no preparation. The results, which will be given to the student to share with the academic advisor, will indicate the course the student is eligible to take: Chemistry 116, Chemistry 120/121 or no chemistry at this time (math only). After the advisement session, ONLY those students who were advised to take Chemistry 120/121 MUST bring their results to the Department of Chemistry Office, Thompson Central Wing Rm 444, to obtain a course section PASS for the sections they plan to register for. No course pass is required for Chemistry 116 sections. Transfer students who have completed only one semester of college chemistry also need to take this placement exam.

Honors College Advising

WKU is home to the only Honors College in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. There are specific considerations that should be made when advising an Honors College student. Beyond the advising tips, understanding of the Honors College Curriculum is beneficial to all advisors at WKU. For more information regarding Honors College advising practices, please call (270) 745-2081.   

Math Placement Exam (MPE) Information

All students are required to take a Math course to meet the requirement for General Education Requirements at WKU. While at WKU, many students will meet that requirement by taking either Math 109 or Math 116 to fulfill that credit. Certain majors require students to take either a specific Math 116 course or a Math 109 course. The Enrollment Management website has a breakdown of math requirment by major. According to university policy, departements cannot require specific general education courses unless the courses are approved as part of the major curriculum.

Scores from the MPE, along with ACT or SAT math scores, are used to determine math course placement for students enrolling in the university. Refer to the student's profile sheet for the MPE score and the math score from the ACT/SAT. To determine the recommended math course, a useful placement chart can by found through the Enrollment Management website.

If you have any further questions regarding Math Placement at WKU, please do contact the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at (270) 745-3652.  

Tips for the Advisement of International Students at WKU 

Ensuring that all students move through their academic curriculum while at WKU is the goal of each academic advisor at WKU. Adviors serve the diverse student population of WKU and attempt to provide the best service possible to all students. Recently, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services provided a Tips for Advising International Students guide. Please feel free to utilize this guide when advising international students at WKU.   


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