Placement Policies
Western 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 Colorado University uses a combination of ACT scores, SAT scores and placement tests to assess incoming students. Students must demonstrate entrylevel abilities in English before registering for universitylevel English courses as follows:
Course  Required Demonstrations of Entrylevel Abilities 
English 099 Basic Writing  None 
English 102 Academic Writing English 102 Honors Academic Writing English 150 Introduction to Literature  One of the following measures of entrylevel 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;

Students must demonstrate entrylevel 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 entrylevel 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)
One of the following measures of entrylevel writing ability:
1. ACT English score or 18 of above
2. SAT Critical 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 entrylevel requirement:
1. Students who have earned a bachelor's degree (postBA 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 collegelevel writing course from another postsecondary institution.
4. Students who have an 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 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 Colorado University uses a combination of ACT scores, SAT scores and a placement test to assess incoming students. Students must demonstrate entrylevel mathematical abilities before registering for collegelevel mathematics courses as follows:
Course  Required Demonstration of Entrylevel 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 102  Prerequisites: an assessment equivalent to ACT math score between 1720; a SAT Math score between 410500; an Accuplacer Elementary Algebra score between 75105; or a Compass Algebra score between 2644; and a high school GPA of 2.75 or higher. Corequisite: MATH 140. Note: this course is intended for those qualified students wanting to complete the Supplemental Academic Instruction (SAI) program in Math. 
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 21 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 Collegelevel 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 Collegelevel 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 Collegelevel Mathematics test score of 85 or above; pass MATH 141 with a minimum grade of “C“ 
Students must demonstrate entrylevel abilities in mathematics during their first thirty (30) credits of attendance at Western 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 entrylevel requirement:
1. Students who have earned a bachelor's degree (postBA 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 collegelevel mathematics course from another postsecondary 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 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 CollegeLevel Mathematics test are administered during all summer orientation sessions. Additional testing opportunities are available through the academic year.