MATH & ENGLISH PLACEMENT
Original Date: 10-15-05
Revision Date: 4-21-14
Effective Date for Changes: 5-5-14
Upon admission to Weber State University, Math and English course placement is determined based on students' prior academic performance and test results. Fees may be charged for assessment tests and/or tutoring. Students may enroll in courses for which they meet the prerequisites. Individuals placed into developmental courses should complete these classes as soon as possible since they provide foundational skills for success in higher-level courses. Changes to assessment & placement are effective beginning the first day of summer semester, May 5, 2014. Placement for students admitted to the university prior to this date is based on the old standards document.
MATH COURSE PLACEMENT
Your Math course placement is based on a weighted rubric of your high school GPA and Math ACT* scores. If you do not have a high school GPA and/or ACT* score, or if you wish to challenge your course placement, you should take the Math Mastery Exam**. Students who initially place into a Quantitative Literacy (QL course and who desire to test out of QL or place into a higher-level math course should take the Math ACCUPLACER◊ exam. A Math ACCUPLACER◊ score of College Level Math (CLM) 90 or higher places one into Math 1210 (Calculus). For placement in other Math courses see weber/edu/quantitativeliteracy.
ENGLISH COURSE PLACEMENT
Your English course placement is based on your ACT* or ACCUPLACER◊ scores. If you did not take the ACT*, you should take the Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills ACCUPLACER◊ exams to obtain your placement. Non-native English speakers should contact the Learning English for Academic Purposes (LEAP) Program (801-626-6028) for placement testing.
HELPFUL RESOURCES FOR PLACEMENT QUESTIONS
- Visit weber.edu/TestingCenter/math-mastery.html for Math Mastery Exam testing information.
- Visit weber.edu/accuplacer for WSU ACCUPLACER testing information (including a Distance ACCUPLACER Request form if you are more than 50 miles away from WSU).
- Contact the Developmental Math Advisor, Tes Yadete, weber.edu/developmentalmath, (801-626-7451) regarding placement into Math 0950, 0810, 0990, and 1010.
- Contact the Math Department Office (801-626-6095) regarding placement into Quantitative Literacy (QL) courses or go to weber.edu/quantitativeliteracy.
- Contact the English Department (801-626-6251) regarding English course placement.
- Review course descriptions for Math and English courses in the WSU catalog at catalog.weber.edu.
- Find contact information for WSU’s academic advisors at weber.edu/advisors.
* If you took the SAT, rather than the ACT, contact Admissions at 801-626-6743 for your placement.
** You may take the Math Mastery Exam once in a 12 month period. This test will allow you to place up to, but not out of, QL. Exam results expire after 24 months.
^ For placement into Math 1030, 1040, 1050, or 1080 the Math ACT score expires after 24 months.
◊ You may take each ACCUPLACER exam up to 2 times within a 12 month period. ACCUPLACER scores expire after 24 months.
COMPLETING YOUR QUANTITATIVE LITERACY AND COMPOSITION GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Because Math and English skills are necessary to succeed in many other courses, it is important to begin the courses you placed into and work towards completing the Quantitative Literacy (QL) and Composition requirements for your program of study early in your studies. Information about completing these requirements can be found below and in the WSU Catalog (catalog.weber.edu).
There are five¤ ways to fulfill your QL requirement:
- Earn “C” or better in MATH 1030, 1040, 1050, or 1080 or
- Earn “C” or better in any math course for which either MATH 1050 or 1080 is a prerequisite or
- Score 3 or higher on AP Calculus exam or
- Score 3 or higher on AP Statistics exam or
- Score 70 or higher on Accuplacer College Level Math (CLM)
Depending on your placement, you may need to take one or more prerequisite courses before enrolling in a QL course. Your placement indicates where you need to begin in one of the following QL prerequisite course sequences:
- MATH 0950 → MATH 0990 → MATH 1010 → MATH QL course
- MATH 0950 → MATH 0810 → MATH 1030
¤ If you earned a “C” or better in PHIL 2200 between Spring 2007 and Spring 2013, your QL requirement is also met.
To fulfill your Composition requirement, complete English 2010 with a “C” grade or better. Some Associate of Applied Science degrees (AAS) only require successful completion of English 1010.
Depending on your placement, you may need to take one or more prerequisite courses before enrolling in ENGL 2010. Your placement indicates where you need to begin in the following composition prerequisite course sequence:
- ENGL 0900 → ENGL 0955 → ENGL 1010 → ENGL 2010 or
- ESL courses → ENGL 1010 → ENGL 2010 (for non-native English speakers)
Placement = 9*W*(HS GPA) + (1-W)*(Math ACT)
MATH PLACEMENT RUBRIC CRITERION