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Ward Edwards 1000

Warrensburg, MO 64093

Phone: 660.543.4900

Fax: 660.543.8400

registrar@ucmo.edu

Central Missouri wants to ensure that all students are placed in academic courses for which the student is academically prepared. For this reason Planned Placement criteria have been developed to make placement decisions that facilitate student success. Three core components of the ACT exam (reading, writing, and mathematics) are considered for Planned Placement. All students must be placed according to university policy.

Students admitted without a recent ACT or SAT score (within the last five years) are automatically placed and enrolled into introductory math, writing and learning strategies. Placement testing is available to students wishing to challenge their placement to determine the preparedness of the student for college-level courses in mathematics and writing.

Students may also opt to begin in lower-level coursework. For example, a student with a MATH ACT score of 26 does not have to enroll in MATH 1151, but may opt to take any lower-level math course. Students who would like to have their skills assessed before making a course choice are encouraged to do so.

The Planned Placement test used at UCM is the ACT-COMPASS exam. There are three exams: English - Essay, Mathematics, and Reading. Each exam may only be taken one time, except for the mathematics exam which may be taken twice. Scores are available upon completion of each exam. Students living a distance from Warrensburg may contact Testing Services to determine if remote testing is available closer to their home. To test at a remote institution, students must be registered by Testing Services for scores to be accepted.

For more information about planned placement or remote testing contact:

Testing Services

Humphreys 216

660-543-4919

**Placement criteria are as follows:**

**To enroll in:..............................................Students must have an ACT score:**

AE 1000: Introduction to College Writing .......................ACT English score 17 or below; SAT Writing score 420 or below

ENGL 1020: Composition I ...........................................ACT English score 18 or above; SAT Writing score 430 or above

ENGL 1080: Advanced Composition..............................ACT English score 26 or above; SAT Writing score 590 or above. Students in majors that require CTE 3060 as the second writing course should not opt for ENGL 1080.

AE 1820: Learning Strategies..........................................ACT Composite 18 or below; SAT Composite 1320 or below

AE 1030: Introduction to Algebra....................................ACT Math score 16 or below; SAT CR+M score 810 or below. A grade of C or better is required in AE 1030 to progress into MATH 1101.

MATH 1101: Intermediate Algebra.................................ACT Math score 17 or above; SAT CR+M score 820 or above; or a grade of C or higher in AE 1030 Introduction to Algebra. A grade of C or better is required in MATH 1101 to progress into general education level MATH course.

ACST 1300: Basic Statistics..........................................ACT Math score 22 or above; SAT CR+M score 1020 or above; or a grade of C or higher in MATH 1101 Intermediate Algebra

MATH 1111: College Algebra........................................ACT Math score 22 or above; SAT CR+M score 1020 or above; or a grade of C or higher in MATH 1101 Intermediate Algebra

MATH 1620: Contemporary Mathematics......................ACT Math score 22 or above; SAT CR+M score 1020 or above; or a grade of C or higher in MATH 1101 Intermediate Algebra

MATH 1150: Pre-Calculus Mathematics.........................ACT Math score 22 or above; SAT CR+M score 1020 or above

MATH 1131: Applied Calculus.......................................ACT Math score 24 or above; SAT CR+M score 1090 or above; or a grade of C or higher in MATH 1111 College Algebra

MATH 1151: Calculus and Analytical Geometry..............ACT Math score 26 or above; SAT CR+M score 1170 or above; or a grade of C or higher in MATH 1112 College Trigonometry or MATH 1150 Pre-Calculus Math