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Course Placement Information


In order to maximize students' chances for success, WKU has implemented admissions/enrollment criteria and conditions that reflect a combination of individual measures (e.g., high school GPA, composite ACT) that, in combination are proven indicators of student persistence, retention and performance.  WKU is placing a greater emphasis on placing students in advising tracks and first-year courses according to their readiness needs and declared major upon entry.

It is recommended that students requiring multiple developmental courses limit their registration in developmental courses to two in their first semester. This allows students to enroll in an array of credit-bearing course to complete their schedule and thus make tangible progress toward their degree in their first semester of enrollment.

Developmental & Supplemental Courses at WKU

 

English Placement (Domestic Students Only)

ACT English

SAT

Writ& Lang

COMPASS*

Writing

ACCUPLACER

English

KYOTE

Writing

GED College Readiness PARCC Smarter Balanced

English Placement

Initial Course

0-15 0-22 0-59 0-50 N/A N/A N/A N/A ENG 100/SUS 099C
16-17 23-24 60-73 51-60 N/A N/A N/A N/A ENG 100 Enhanced
18-28 25 or higher 74 or higher 61 or hiigher 6 or higher 165 or higher 4 or higher Level 4 ENG 100

*COMPASS tests are no longer administerd, however test scores are still valid for English placement purposes.

The following scores will give a student credit for ENG 100: ACT 29+, OLD SAT 650_ on Verbal/Critical Reading, NEW SAT 35+ on Writing and Language.

A score of a 480+ on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing test will place a student into ENG 100.

 

English Placement (International Students Only)

ACT English

SAT

Writ& Lang

TOEFL** Internet Based
TOEFL** Paper Based
IELETS**

ACCUPLACER

English

PARCC Smarter Balanced

GED College Readiness

English Placement

Initial Course

0-12 0-18 N/A N/A N/A 0-40 N/A N/A N/A DENG 051C*
13-15 19-22 N/A N/A N/A 41-50 N/A N/A N/A ENG 100/SUS 099C
16-17 23-24 N/A N/A N/A 51-60 N/A N/A N/A ENG 100 Enhanced
18-28 25 or higher 71 or higher 525 or hiigher 6 or higher 61 or higher 4 or higher Level 4 165 or higher ENG 100

*A grade of C or better will place into ENG 100; a grade of D or F will place back into DENG 051C.

** TOEFL and IELTS scores are for ENG 100 placement only. These scores cannot place a student into any reading course or into a developmental or enhanced English course.

The following scores will give a student credit for ENG 100: ACT 29+, OLD SAT 650_ on Verbal/Critical Reading, NEW SAT 35+ on Writing and Language.

A score of a 480+ on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing test will place a student into ENG 100.

 

Reading Placement

ACT Reading

SAT

Reading

COMPASS*

Reading

ACCUPLACER

Reading

KYOTE

Reading

GED College Readiness

PARCC

Reading

Smarter Balanced

reading

Reading Placement

Initial Course

0-14 10-20 0-60 0-60 0-5 N/A N/A N/A LTC 199C
15-19 21-24 61-84 61-85 6-19 N/A N/A N/A LTCY 199
20-36 25 or higher 85 or higher 86 or higher 20 or higher 165 or higher 4 or higher Level 4 No reading course needed.

*COMPASS tests are no longer administerd, however test scores are still valid for Reading placement purposes.

Nelson Denny*

Comprehension

Initial Course *The Nelson Denny exam is administered to students in LTC 199C and LTCY 199 during their TOP (Topper Orientation Program). If the student scores a 13 or higher on BOTH the Comprehension and Vocabulary sections, the student has tested out of their initial reading placement and no longer has a reading course requirement to complete. If the students scores a 4.1 to 12.9 on the Nelson Denny exam, they will remain in their initial placement.
4.1 - 12.9 LTC 199C.LTCY 199
13 or higher No reading course needed

 

Math Placement (Non-Algebra track majors)

ACT Math SAT Math MPE MDE KYOTE (College Readiness Math) GED Mathematical Reasoning PARCC Smarter Balanced ALEKS PPL Initial Course
0-18 0-490 N/A N/A 0-21 N/A N/A N/A 0-29 MA 109C
19 or higher 500 or higher N/A N/A 22 or higher 165 or higher 4 or higher Level 4 30 or higher MATH 109 or MATH 112

 

Math Placement (Algebra)

ACT Math SAT Math MPE KYOTE (College Algebra) GED Mathematical Reasoning ALEKS PPL Initial Course
0-19 0-510 0-11 0-11 N/A N/A DMA 096C
20-21 520-550 12-13 12-13 N/A N/A MA 115C/116C
22 or higher 560-620 14 or higher 14 or higher 175 or higher 46 or higher MATH 115/116

Note:  It is recommended that students with an Accuplacer score of 85 or higher take an additional placement exam to demonstrate readiness for Math 116. Accuplacer only places for developmental math.

MATH 116 credit will be awarded with the following scores: ACT 26+ or SAT 630+

Math Placement (Calculus)

ACT Math SAT Math MPE KYOTE (College Algebra) GED Mathematical Reasoning ALEKS PPL Initial Course
22-25 560-620 14 or higher 14 or higher 175 or higher 46 or higher MATH 116
26 AND MPE/KYOTE scores 630-640 AND MPE/KYOTE scores 18 or 19 AND ACT/SAT Scores 18 or 19 AND ACT/SAT Scores N/A N/A MATH 117/117C
27 or higher 510 or higher 20-25** 20-25 on KYOTE College Algebra or 15 or higher on KYOTE Calculus N/A 76 or higher MATH 136

 

The following math placement exam scores expire after one year: MPE, MDE, COMPASS (Algebra), Accuplacer, KYOTE (College Readiness Math and College Algebra).

** All scores in this range must also have a score of a 10 or higher on the MPTE

Math Placement (Statistics)

ACT Math SAT Math MPE KYOTE (College Algebra) GED Mathematical Reasoning ALEKS PPL Initial Course
0-19 0-510 0-11 0-11 N/A N/A DMA 096C
20-21 520-550 12-13 12-13 N/A N/A MA 115C/116C
22 or higher 560 or higher 14 or higher 14 or higher N/A 46 or higher MATH 183

The following math placement exam scores expire after one year: MPE, MDE, COMPASS (Algebra), Accuplacer, KYOTE (College Readiness Math and College Algebra).

** All scores in this range must also have a score of a 10 or higher on the MPTE

Math Placement (Algebra for Business)

ACT Math SAT Math MPE KYOTE (College Algebra) GED Mathematical Reasoning ALEKS PPL Initial Course
0-21 0-550 0-13 0-13 N/A N/A DMA 096C
22 or higher 560 or higher 14 or higher 14 or higher 175 or higher 46 or higher MATH 123

MATH 123 is only for declared business majors

The following math placement exam scores expire after one year: MPE, MDE, COMPASS (Algebra), Accuplacer, KYOTE (College Readiness Math and College Algebra)


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 Last Modified 4/18/18