Placement Policies

Western State Colorado University English and math placement policies conform to the Statewide Remedial Education Policy of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE).

Placement Test Information and Schedule (coming soon)

 

English Placement

The English Program at Western State Colorado University uses a combination of ACT scores, SAT scores, and placement tests to assess incoming students. Students must demonstrate entry-level abilities in English before registering for university-level English courses as follows: 

 

CourseRequired Demonstrations of Entry-level Abilities 
English 099 Basic WritingNone

English 102 Academic Writing

English 102 Honors Academic Writing

English 150 Introduction to Literature

One of the following measures of entry-level reading ability:  ACT Reading score of 17 or above; SAT Critical Reading score of 430 or above; pass the Accuplacer Reading Comprehension test with a score of 80 or above; pass ENG 099 with a grade of Satisfactory;
And one of the following measures of entry-level writing ability: ACT English score of 18 or above; SAT Critical Reading score of 440 or above; pass the Accuplacer Sentence Skills test with a score of 95 or above; pass ENG 099 with a grade of Satisfactory

 

 

Students must demonstrate entry-level abilities in English during their first thirty (30) credits of attendance at Western. Proficiency must be demonstrated in both reading and writing:

One of the following measures of entry-level reading ability:

1. ACT Reading score or 17 of above
2. SAT Critical Reading score of 430 or above
3. Pass the Accuplacer Reading Comprehension test with a score of 80 or above
4. English 099 Basic Writing (grade of Satisfactory)

And one of the following measures of entry-level writing ability:

1. ACT English score or 18 of above
2. SAT Critial Reading score of 440 or above
3. Pass the Accuplacer Sentence Skills test with a score of 95 or above
4. English 099 Basic Writing (grade of Satisfactory)

The following students are assumed to have met this entry-level requirement.

1. Students who have earned a bachelors degree (post-BA students).
2. Students who have earned an A.A. or A.S. degree at a Colorado community college within the past 10 years.
3. Students who have transferred a college-level writing course from another post-secondary institution.
4. Students who have AP English Language and Composition or AP English Literature and Composition score of three (3) or higher.

English 099 Basic Writing is offered through the Extended Studies program at Western State Colorado University. This course is graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Additional fees are charged to take this course.
  
English Placement Tests  

The Accuplacer Reading Comprehension test and the Accuplacer Sentence Skills test are administered during all summer orientation sessions. Additional testing opportunities are available through the academic year. Contact Registration Services in Ute Hall 131 (970 943-7003) for exact dates and times.
 

Math Placement

 

The Mathematics Program at Western State Colorado University uses a combination of ACT scores, SAT scores, and a placement test to assess incoming students. Students must demonstrate entry-level mathematical abilities before registering for college-level mathematics courses as follows:

Course

Required Demonstration of Entry-level Abilities

Math 098 Beginning Algebra

None

Math 099 Intermediate Algebra

One of the following:  ACT Math score of 16 or above; SAT Math score of 400 or above; pass the Accuplacer Elementary Algebra test with a score of 60 or above; pass MATH 098 with a grade of Satisfactory

Math 105 Mathematics for the Liberal Arts 

One of the following:  ACT Math score of 19 or above; SAT Math score of 460 or above; pass the Accuplacer Elementary Algebra test with a score of 85 or above; pass MATH 098 or 099 with a grade of Satisfactory

Math 131 Mathematics for the Social Sciences 

Math 140 College Algebra

One of the following:  ACT Math score of 19 or above; SAT Math score of 460 or above; pass the Accuplacer Elementary Algebra test with a score of 85 or above; pass MATH 099 with a grade of Satisfactory

Math 141 Precalculus

Math 209  Theory of Arithmetic and Geometry I

One of the following:  ACT Math score of 23 or above; SAT Math score of 530 or above; pass the Accuplacer College-level Mathematics test with a score of 65 or above; pass MATH 140 with a minimum grade of “C-“

Math 151  Calculus I

One of the following:  ACT math score of 27 or above; SAT Math score of 610 or above; pass the Accuplacer College-level Mathematics test with a score of 95 or above; MATH 141 with a minimum grade of “C-“

Math 213 Probability and Statistics

One of the following:  Pass Accuplacer College-level Mathematics test score of 85 or above; pass MATh 141 with a minimum grade of “C-“


Students must demonstrate entry-level abilities in mathematics during their first thirty (30) credits of attendance at Western State Colorado University. This requirement can be met by fulfilling one of the following:

1. ACT Math score of 19 or above.
2. SAT Math score of 460 or above.
3. Pass the Accuplacer Elementary Algebra test with a score of 85 or above.
4. Math 099 Basic Algebra Review (grade of Satisfactory).

The following students are assumed to have met this entry-level requirement.

1. Students who have earned a bachelors degree (post-BA students).
2. Students who have earned an A.A. or A.S. degree at a Colorado community college within the past 10 years.
3. Students who have transferred a college-level mathematics course from another post-secondary institution.
4. Students who have AP Calculus scores of 3 or higher.

Math 099 Basic Algebra Review is offered through the Extended Studies program at Western State Colorado University. This course is graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Additional fees are charged to take this course. 

Mathematics Placement Tests
 
The Accuplacer Elementary Algebra test and the Accuplacer College-Level Mathematics test are administered during all summer orientation sessions. Additional testing opportunities are available through the academic year.