Placement for Freshmen

All first year students (full-time and part-time) have been academically placed into English composition and mathematics based on SAT scores. You have an opportunity to challenge both placements if you feel your SAT scores do not accurately reflect your writing and math skills. All first year students who have two or more years of a World Language in high school must take an online placement. If you need special testing accommodations due to a documented disability, please contact the Disability Resource Center at (203) 392-6828.

English

You will be placed into English composition based on your critical reading/verbal SAT/ACT score unless you have AP credit or plan to transfer in college credit taken during high school (i.e. ENG 110, 111, or 112). You will have an opportunity to tell us where you think you should be placed within the New Student Orientation Survey. If your selection differs from your SAT placement, you will have an opportunity to discuss it with us during New Student Orientation.

Verbal SAT / ACT / AP Score * First Semester Second Semester

SAT 430 or below / ACT 17 or below

ENG 110 ENG 112
SAT 440-560 / ACT 18-24 None ENG 112
SAT 570-800 / ACT 25 or better / AP Score 4 ENG 112  
AP Score 5 **    

* Your highest score will be applied.
** AP Score of 5 waives written communication requirement.

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Math

You will be placed into math based on your math SAT or ACT score unless you have AP credit or plan to transfer in college credit taken during high school (i.e MAT 095 or greater).  All Freshmen who place into MAT 095 will be notified via mail that they need to complete the math placement prior to Orientation. If you placed into MAT 100 or higher and believe that your SAT or ACT score does not correctly reflect your ability level in math, you may sign up to take a math placement on campus prior to Orientation or may take during Orientation or on dates after Orientation. SAT scores may not be used for placement by transfer students.

SAT / ACT Math score / AP Math Placement Or, choose from options below
SAT 450 or below / ACT 1-16 MAT 095: Elementary Algebra I (non-credited)  
SAT 460-490 / ACT 17 MAT 102: Intermediate Algebra Extended (4 contract hours/week) MAT 095 to review Elementary Algebra concepts
SAT 500-540 / ACT 18-21 MAT 100: Intermediate Algebra (3 contact hours/week) MAT 102 for more instructional time OR MAT 095 to review Elementary Algebra concepts
SAT 550 and above OR a B or better in an AP Statistics course / ACT 22 & above Any mathematics course that has MAT 100/102 as a prerequisite. These include MAT 103, 105, 107, 108, 120, 122. The specific math course selected may be determined by requirements of your chosen major. MAT 095 OR MAT 100 OR MAT 102 to review concepts
SAT 600 and above AND a grade of B or better in a high school Precalculus or Calculus shown to have included trigonometry (please contact Math Department Chair) / ACT 24 & above
/ AP Calculus w/ Grade of B or better
Any mathematics course that has MAT 100/102 OR MAT 120 OR MAT 122 as a prerequisite. These include MAT 103, 105, 107, 108, 120, 122, 139, 150, 178 (if CSC requirement is satisfied), 221. The specific math course selected may be determined by requirements of your chosen major. MAT 095 OR MAT 100 OR MAT 102 to review concepts

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World Language

Proficiency in a language other than English is required to graduate from Southern. The World Language placement is required for students who have had two or more years of high school world language unless you plan to transfer in AP credit or college credit earned during high school or unless you are fluent in a foreign language. If you plan to learn a new language, you do not need to take the placement, you will simply be placed in level one. The online placement will be available April 9th and should be completed prior to attending Orientation.

Below are world language placement options that begin as soon as you click on the link, so please do not click a link until you are ready to begin. You will have 90-minutes to complete it and only one opportunity to take it. You may not stop and come back to it; you must complete it in one sitting. All devices (computers, smartphones, and handhelds) and browsers (Firefox, Safari, Chrome, etc) are compatible with the placement. However, while you can use smartphones and handhelds, it is highly recommended that you use a computer.

When you’re ready to take the placement make sure you have your Southern email address (i.e. barrettc1@owls.southernct.edu) and student ID number (8 digit number that begins with a 7) in front of you before beginning it. Simply click on the language you wish to take and begin.

If you want more information about World Language click here.