English & Math Course Placement

Undergraduate Assessment for Course Placement

To improve the accuracy of the course placement processes, MSUM is using multiple assessments to place students, rather than a single high-stakes test. Measurements include ACT, SAT, MCA, High school GPA and Accuplacer. This process will allow for accurate placement of students into courses that meet their level of academic abilities.

These course placements are not just based on your ACT/SAT score(s). These placements can range from developmental coursework to prepare you for classes required for your major, to placement directly into higher level courses. If you have more questions, please contact us.

ACT/SAT English Sub-score or Accuplacer English Score

  • ACT/SAT/Accuplacer English placement scores are valid for five years.

English Course Placement Chart

English & Reading Placement Information

Test Score
English Course
Test Score
ACT English ≥ 26 or
SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing  ≥ 600
English Course
ENGL 201
Test Score
ACT English ≥ 21
SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing ≥ 480
SAT Writing score ≥ 501
Accuplacer NG Reading score > 264
Classic Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score ≥ 97
English Course
ENGL 101 (Regular section)
Test Score
ACT English = 18-20 or
NGA Reading = 250-263 or
 HS GPA of 2.5 or above AND one of the following:
  • ACT English 16-17
  • SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 440-479
  • Accuplacer NG Reading 236-249
  • Classic Accuplacer 78-85 on Reading Comprehension
English Course
ENGL 101 (Small class section)
Test Score
If one of the above GPA/Test scores is not met, then:
  • ACT ≤ 17
  • SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing < 480
  • SAT Writing < 430
English Course
Requires Accuplacer test or enroll in ENGL 099
ESL Test Score & English Course
ESL Accuplacer Scoring: the scores in Reading Skills, Language Usage, and Sentence Meaning combined must total 330 or above to be placed into a small class section of ENGL 101. A combined total score below 330 places a student in ELP 104. A student must pass ELP 104 with a C- or better before enrolling in ENGL 101 for non-native speakers of English.

ACT/SAT Math sub-score, Accuplacer Math scores, or MCA Mathematics score

Any student with an ACT Math score < (less than) 19 or SAT Math score < (less than) 510 must take the Accuplacer to be place into the appropriate course at MSUM. Any student who receives a college-ready benchmark on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) is not required to take a developmental course in that subject area. MCA Mathematics scores may be used for MATH 105 and MATH 127 placement.

  • ACT, SAT, and MCA Math placement scores are valid for five years.
  • Accuplacer Math placement scores are valid for two years.

Mathematics Course Placement Flow Chart

Placement for LASC 4 Mathematics & Logical Reasoning

Undeclared
Majors: Undeclared

Test Score
Placement
Test Score
ACT ‹ 19
SAT ‹ 510
Placement
Student must take the Accuplacer. (See Table Below)
Test Score
19 ≤ ACT ≤ 21
510 ≤ SAT ≤ 530
Placement
MATH 099
Test Score
MCA ≥ 1146
Placement
MATH 105
Test Score
MCA ≥ 1158
Placement
MATH 127
OR
MATH 134
Test Score
ACT ≥ 22
SAT ≥ 540
OR
Cumulative HS GPA of 2.7 AND one of the following:
  • SAT ≥ 520
  • ACT ≥ 20
  • 1152 ≤ MCA ≤ 1157
  • ACCUPLACER NextGen Advanced Algebra and Functions ≥ 236 or Classic Accuplacer Intermediate Algebra ≥ 60
Placement
MATH 127
OR
MATH 105
Test Score
ACT ≥ 24
SAT ≥ 580
(March 2016-Present SAT Math ≥ 580; Pre-March 2016 SAT Math ≥ 560)
Placement
MATH 142
OR
MATH 143
OR
MATH 229
OR
MATH 261

Calculus Track
Majors:
BioChem BioTech, Biosciences-Ecology & Evol., Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science Teaching, Geosciences-Geology, Geosciences-Geoarchaeology, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, Pre-Architecture, Pre-Engineering, Professional Management degrees

Test Score
Placement
Test Score
ACT ‹ 19
SAT ‹ 510
Placement
Student must take the Accuplacer. (See Table Below)
Test Score
19 ≤ ACT ≤ 21
510 ≤ SAT ≤ 530
Placement
MATH 099
Test Score
ACT ≥ 22
SAT ≥ 540
MCA ≥ 1158
OR
Cumulative HS GPA of 2.7 AND one of the following:
  • SAT ≥ 520
  • ACT ≥ 20
  • 1152 ≤ MCA ≤ 1157
  • ACCUPLACER NextGen Advanced Algebra and Functions ≥ 236 or Classic Accuplacer Intermediate Algebra ≥ 60
Placement
MATH 127
Test Score
ACT ≥ 24
SAT ≥ 580
(March 2016 Present SAT Math ≥ 580; Pre-March 2016 SAT Math ≥ 560)
Placement
MATH 142
OR
MATH 143
OR
MATH 261

Algebra Track
Majors:
Accounting, Biosciences –Health & Medical Sci., Life Science – Teaching, Medical Laboratory Sci., Business Administration, Business Minor, Community Health, Computer Info Systems, Computer Info Technology, Construction Management, Economics, Finance, Health Services Admin., Marketing, Medical Technology, Operations Management, Psychology

Test Score
Placement
Test Score
ACT ‹ 19
SAT ‹ 510
Placement
Student must take the Accuplacer. (See Table Below)
Test Score
19 ≤ ACT ≤ 21
510 ≤ SAT ≤ 530
Placement
MATH 099
Test Score
ACT ≥ 22
SAT ≥ 540
MCA ≥ 1158
OR
Cumulative HS GPA of 2.7 AND one of the following:
  • SAT ≥ 520
  • ACT ≥ 20
  • 1152 ≤ MCA ≤ 1157
  • ACCUPLACER NextGen Advanced Algebra and Functions ≥ 236 or Classic Accuplacer Intermediate Algebra ≥ 60
Placement
MATH 127
Test Score
ACT ≥ 23
SAT 560
(March 2016 Present SAT Math sub-score of 560 or above; Pre-March 206 SAT Math sub-score of 540 or above)
Placement
MATH 127
OR
MATH 227
Test Score
ACT ≥ 24
SAT ≥ 580
(March 2016 Present SAT Math ≥ 580; Pre-March 2016 SAT Math ≥ 560)
Placement
MATH 229 or higher
(See major for details)

Statistics Track
Majors:
Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Speech/Language/Hearing

Test Score
Placement
Test Score
ACT ‹ 19
SAT ‹ 510
Placement
Student must take the Accuplacer. (See Table Below)
Test Score
19 ≤ ACT ≤ 21
510 ≤ SAT ≤ 530
Placement
MATH 099
Test Score
ACT ≥ 22
SAT ≥ 540
MCA ≥ 1158
OR
Cumulative HS GPA of 2.7 AND one of the following:
  • SAT ≥ 520
  • CT ≥ 20
  • 1152 ≤ MCA ≤ 1157
  • ACCUPLACER NextGen Advanced Algebra and Functions ≥ 236 or Classic Accuplacer Intermediate Algebra ≥ 60
Placement
MATH 127
Test Score
ACT ≥ 24
SAT ≥ 580
(March 2016 SAT Math ≥ 560)
Placement
MATH 234

Education Track
Majors:
Elementary Inclusive Education, Early Childhood, Special Education

Test Score
Placement
Test Score
ACT ‹ 19
SAT ‹ 510
Placement
Student must take the Accuplacer. (See Table Below)
Test Score
19 ≤ ACT ≤ 21
510 ≤ SAT ≤ 530
Placement
MATH 110
Test Score
ACT ≥ 22
SAT ≥ 530
MCA ≥ 1158
OR
Cumulative HS GPA of 2.7 AND one of the following:
  • SAT ≥ 520
  • ACT ≥ 20
  • 1152 ≤ MCA ≤ 1157
  • ACCUPLACER NextGen Advanced Algebra and Functions ≥ 236 or Classic Accuplacer Intermediate Algebra ≥ 60
Placement
MATH 110
Test Score
ACT ≥ 24
SAT ≥ 580
(March 2016 Present SAT Math ≥ 580; Pre-March 2016 SAT Math ≥ 560)
Placement
MATH 110

Liberal Arts Track
Majors:
Amer. Multicult. Studies, Anthropology, Art, Communication Studies (Mass Comm), Criminal Justice, East Asian Studies, English, Film Studies, Geoscience-Geographic Science only, Gerontology, Graphic Communications, Health, History, International Studies, Languages, Legal Studies, Music, Nursing, Paralegal, Philosophy, Political Science, Social Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Theatre, Women’s Studies

Test Score
Placement
Test Score
ACT ‹ 19
SAT ‹ 510
Placement
Student must take the Accuplacer. (See Table Below)
Test Score
19 ≤ ACT ≤ 21
510 ≤ SAT ≤ 530
Placement
MATH 105
OR
PHIL 340
Test Score
MCA ≥ 1146
Placement
MATH 105
Test Score
MCA ≥ 1158
Placement
MATH 127
Test Score
ACT ≥ 22
SAT ≥ 540
MCA ≥ 1158
OR
Cumulative HS GPA of 2.7 AND one of the following:
  • SAT ≥ 520
  • ACT ≥ 20
  • 1152 ≤ MCA ≤ 1157
  • ACCUPLACER NextGen Advanced Algebra and Functions ≥ 236 or Classic Accuplacer Intermediate Algebra ≥ 60
Placement
MATH 105
OR
MATH 127
OR
MATH 134
OR
PHIL 340
Test Score
ACT ≥ 24
SAT ≥ 580
(March 2016 Present SAT Math ≥ 580; Pre-March 2016 SAT Math ≥ 560
Placement
MATH 105
OR
MATH 127 or higher Math
OR
PHIL 340

Accuplacer for LASC 4 Placement Next Gen Accuplacer Scores (NGA)

Accuplacer Score
Placement
Accuplacer Score
None of the scores below are met.
Placement
MATH 090A
Accuplacer Score
NGA AAF ≥ 250
Placement
MATH 127 or MATH 134

Accuplacer Score
NGA AAF ≥ 255
Placement
MATH 142, MATH 143, MATH 210, MATH 227, MATH 229, Math 234
OR
Math 261 (if accompanied by prereq knowledge of trigonometry)
Accuplacer Score
NGA QAS ≥ 250
Placement
MATH 090
OR
Math 095
Accuplacer Score
NGA QAS ≥ 255 OR
AAF ≥ 234
Placement
MATH 099, MATH 105 OR MATH 110

*Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS), Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF)

Classic Accuplacer Test Scores

Accuplacer Score
Placement
Accuplacer Score
None of the scores below are met.
Placement
MATH 090A
Accuplacer Score
AR ≥ 57 and EA < 76
OR
AR + EA ≥ 100
Placement
MATH 090
OR
*MATH 095
Accuplacer Score
EA ≥ 76
Placement
MATH 099, MATH 105, MATH 110
OR
PHIL 340 (See LASC 4 Table for details)
Accuplacer Score
IA ≥ 60
Placement
MATH 105, MATH 110, PHIL 340, MATH127
OR
MATH 227 (See LASC 4 Table for details)
Accuplacer Score
CLM ≥ 50
Placement
MATH 105, MATH 110, PHIL 340, MATH 127, MATH 143, MATH 142, MATH 210, MATH 227, MATH 229, MATH 234
OR
MATH 261 (See LASC 4 Table for details)

*Arithmetic (AR), Elementary Algebra (EA), Intermediate Algebra (IA), College Mathematics (CLM)