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Learning Support
Initial Assessment and Placement
Initial Assessment and Placement

Learning Support provides a means of improving an entering student’s skills to the level necessary for college courses. Roane State reviews each student’s academic strengths and weaknesses in the areas of mathematics, reading, and writing based upon valid ACT, COMPASS or SAT test scores. The chart below shows the minimum requirements for entry into college level courses or where a student would be placed into Learning Support. 


Subject Score

Score and Domain

Subject Score

Course Placement


English 1-17

Writing 36-76

Critical Reading 340-440

ENGL 0891/0892

English 18-36

Writing 77-99

Critical Reading 450-800

*ENGL 1010: English Comp. 1


Math 1-18

Algebra 1-37

Math 200-450

MATH 0891/0892

Math 19-36

Algebra 38-99

Math 460-800

College Level Math Courses


Reading 1-18

Reading 61-82

Critical Reading 360-450

READ 0891/0892

Reading 19-36

Reading 83-99

Critical Reading 460-800

*College Level Courses

*Students scoring below the minimum on either the Reading or Writing portions of the ACT or Compass cannot register for ENGL 1010 until they have completed the appropriate Learning Support courses. 

All Tennessee Board of Regents colleges and universities require that all first time degree-seeking students undergo assessment using the ACT (students under 21) or COMPASS (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.

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