Placement Exams Freshmen

Freshmen  (full and part-time) 

All first year students have been academically placed into English composition and mathematics based on SAT scores.  You have an opportunity to challenge both placements if you feel your SAT scores do not accurately reflect your writing and math skills.  All first year students who have two or more years of a World Language in high school must take an online placement.  If you need special testing accommodations due to a documented disability, please contact the Disability Resource Center at 203.392.6828.

Please read the information below to learn more about your academic placement.

ENGLISH: 

You will be placed into English composition based on your critical reading/verbal SAT/ACT score unless you have AP credit or plan to transfer in college credit taken during high school (i.e. ENG 110, 111, or 112).  You will have an opportunity to tell us where you think you should be placed within the New Student Orientation Survey.  If your selection differs from your SAT placement, you will have an opportunity to discuss it with us during New Student Orientation.

Verbal SAT /ACT/ AP Score Fall Spring

SAT 430 or below or 17 or below ACT

ENG 110 ENG112
SAT 440-560 or ACT 18 -24 None in Fall semester ENG112
SAT 570 - 800 or ACT 25 or better or AP Score 4 ENG 112  
AP Score 5 Waived  

If you want more information about English placement click here.

MATH: 

You will be placed into math based on your math SAT or ACT score unless you have AP credit or plan to transfer in college credit taken during high school (i.e MAT 095 or greater).  If you believe that your SAT or ACT score does not correctly reflect your ability level in math, you may sign up to take a math placement on campus prior to Orientation or may take during Orientation or on dates after Orientation.

SAT/ACT Math score  Math Placement Or, choose from options below
SAT 450 or below
OR
ACT 1-16
Mat 095: Elementary Algebra I (non-credited)  
SAT 460 to 490 
OR
ACT 17
Mat 102: Intermediate Algebra Extended (4 contract hours/week) Mat 095 to review Elementary Algebra concepts
SAT 500 to 540 
OR 
ACT 18-21
Mat 100: Intermediate Algebra (3 contact hours/week) Mat 102 for more instructional time OR Mat 095 to review Elementary Algebra concepts
SAT 550 and above OR a B or better in an AP Statistics course 
or
ACT 22 & above
Any mathematics course that has Mat 100/102 as a prerequisite. These include Mat 103, 105, 107, 108, 120, 122. The specific math course selected may be determined by requirements of your chosen major. Mat 095 OR Mat 100 OR Mat 102 to review concepts
SAT 600 and above AND a grade of B or better in a high school Precalculus or Calculus shown to have included trigonometry (please contact Math Department Chair) OR ACT 24 & above
OR AP Calculus w/ Grade of B or better
Any mathematics course that has Mat 100/102 OR Mat 120 OR Mat 122 as a prerequisite. These include Mat 103, 105, 107, 108, 120, 122, 139, 150, 178 (if CSC requirement is satisfied), 221. The specific math course selected may be determined by requirements of your chosen major. Mat 095 OR Mat 100 OR Mat 102 to review concepts

If you placed into MAT 095, the non-credited math course, see your options here.
If you want more information about Math placement click here.

WORLD LANGUAGE: 

Proficiency in a language other than English is required to graduate from Southern.  The World Language placement is required for students who have had two or more years of high school world language unless you plan to transfer in AP credit or college credit earned during high school or unless you are fluent in a foreign language.  If you plan to learn a new language, you do not need to take the placement, you will simply be placed in level one.  The online placement will be available April 9th and should be completed prior to attending Orientation.  

You must use a computer when taking the placement and cannot use a smartphone or handheld device.  Also, for compatibility, we recommend you use Firefox as your browser.  Please use the instructions below to access the online placement:

  1. Go directly to the url:  https://learn-scsu.ct.edu
  2. Login into BB Learn 9 using your MySCSU username and password
  3. Under the Course List you will see SCSU12434.201410:  PLX-WLL-O-Fall_2014, click on it to begin the placement.  The placement has a time limit of 1 1/2 hours.  You cannot start it and resume it later; you must start and complete it within 1 1/2 hours.

If you want more information about World Language click here.