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Initial Assessment and Placement

Initial Assessment and Placement

These charts show the minimum subject-specific requirements for entry into college level courses or where a student would be placed into a Learning Support (LS) based co-requisite course.

As of November 1, 2018, the Next Generation Accuplacer exam is the current Learning Support placement exam offered to students wishing to try testing out of Learning Support classes.

For incoming freshmen in the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters ONLY, high school GPA will also be used as a placement measure. Students who have earned a 3.6 high school GPA but do not have the minimum required ACT scores (English 18, Math 19, Reading 19) will be waived from ENGL 0510, MATH 0530, and READ 0562.

Reading Learning Support Placement Chart
ACT Reading Next Generation ACCUPLACER Reading Classic ACCUPLACER** Reading COMPASS* Reading Placement
1 - 18 200 - 249 20 - 84 1 - 82

READ 0562/HUM 262E

or

READ 0562/PSYC 1030E

19 or higher 250 or higher 85 or higher 83 or higher College Level Courses

 

Writing Learning Support Placement Chart

ACT English Next Generation ACCUPLACER English Classic ACCUPLACER** English COMPASS* English Placement
1 - 17 200 - 249 20 - 91 1 - 76 ENGL 0510/ENGL 1010E
18 or higher 250 or higher 92 or higher 77 or higher College Level Courses

 

Math Learning Support Placement Chart
ACT Math Next Generation ACCUPLACER Math Classic ACCUPLACER** Math COMPASS* Math Placement
1 - 18 200 - 249 20 - 91 1 - 37

MATH 0530/MATH 1530E

or

MATH 0900/MATH 1000E

19 - 20 250 or higher 92 - 109 38 - 44 MATH 1000, MATH 1010, MATH 1410, or MATH 1530
21 - 22 N/A*** 110 or higher 45 - 54 MATH 1130 or any course from the previous tier
23 or higher N/A N/A 55 or higher MATH 1630 or MATH 1730

*Compass placement test was retired prior to January 2017. This placement test is no longer available, but students with placement test scores prior to this date would be placed according to the Compass cut-offs.

**Classic ACCUPLACER placement test was retired prior to November 2018. This placement test is no longer available, but students with placement test scores dated between January 2017 and October 2018 would need to be placed according to the Classic ACCUPLACER cut-offs.

***The Next Generation ACCUPLACER does not provide placement into courses that are higher than those listed in the second tier of the math placement table. Students with 250 or higher on the Next Generation ACCUPLACER Math who need MATH 1130 and wish to attempt placing out of MATH 1000 should contact the math department to check about the availability of a challenge exam.

Students whose assessment results require completion of either Reading or Writing learning support cannot register for ENGL 1010, including the ENGL 0510/1010E co-requisite, until they have completed the READ 0562/HUM 262E co-requisite courses.

Students whose assessment results require completion of both Reading and Math learning support cannot register for the MATH 0530/1530E co-requisite courses until they have completed the READ 0562/HUM 262E co-requisite courses.

All Tennessee Board of Regents colleges require that all first time degree-seeking students undergo assessment using the ACT (students under 21) or Next Generation ACCUPLACER (for students 21 and older). Transfer students who have not successfully completed college-level mathematics, reading, and writing courses must also undergo assessment. Further information regarding basic skills assessment can be obtained by contacting the Testing Center on the Roane County or Oak Ridge campuses.

Restricted Enrollment

Students whose assessment results require enrollment in Learning Support courses may not enroll in certain college-level courses until they have satisfactorily completed Learning Support. Exceptions to this policy require the approval of the Dean of the college-level course.

Contact: 

Mike Hill • (865) 882-4654 • Click name for email address

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