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Basic Skills Assessment

In an effort to provide more effective educational services for students, the college participates in the Board of Regents’ Learning Support assessment program to assess basic skills. Placement is based on valid ACT or Compass scores.  Through this assessment, Roane State can identify the students’ academic strengths and weaknesses in reading, writing, and mathematics skills. This information is used along with the student’s past educational history to provide academic advisement and placement in courses that best help the individual student to improve skills in these areas, as well as study skills.

All Tennessee State Board of Regents colleges and universities require that all first time degree-seeking students undergo assessment. Transfer students who have not successfully completed college-level reading, writing, and mathematics courses must also undergo assessment. For further information regarding ACT or COMPASS testing, contact the Testing Center on the Roane County or Oak Ridge campuses.

Any full-time degree-seeking student must be enrolled in the required Learning Support courses each semester until the student completes the requirements.  Any part-time student must be enrolled in at least one of the required Learning Support courses each semester of enrollment until the student completes the Learning Support requirements.

Restricted Enrollment

Students whose assessment results require enrollment in Learning Support  (LS) courses may not enroll in a regular college level course which requires that competency as a pre-requisite until they have satisfactorily met the exit criteria of the appropriate Learning Support courses. Exceptions to this policy require the approval of the Learning Support Director and completion of the related documentation.

College Level Courses Which Can Be Taken With Learning Support Courses: The following college courses may be taken by learning support students concurrently with their learning support courses.


LS Course Required       Courses that can also be taken
MATH 0891 or 0892 or completion of all five Math competencies (Math) Any course without math prerequisites; The only math courses that can be taken are BUS 111 or 112.
ENGL 0891 or 0892 or completion of both Writing competencies (Writing) Any course other than English, History or Philosophy.
READ 0891 or 0892 or completion of both Reading competencies (Reading) See the Learning Support website for a complete list of the courses that do not require a prerequisite of READ 0891.

NOTE: All Learning Support course requirements must be completed before enrolling in BIOL 2010 - Anatomy and Physiology.

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