Placement Testing Information and Registration
SAT or ACT Writing scores, or equivalent transfer credits from another institution will determine placement into an English Composition course. Students who don't have SAT, ACT scores or transfer credits will need to take the test.
- students with an SAT-Writing score equal to or greater than 460 or an ACT-Writing score equal to or greater than 19 will place into English Composition I
- students with an SAT-Writing score below 460 or an ACT-Writing score below 19 will place into English Language Skills *
- students who have been given transfer equivalency for Cal U's English Language Skills will place into English Composition I
* English Language Skills is a developmental course. Students may take the English placement test to see if they can bypass the course to take English Composition I.
Students are required to take the Math Placement Test, with the following exceptions:
- the Math test is waived for students who have been notified that they have been given transfer credit for the equivalent of a Cal U 100-level or higher math course
- students in majors that are not math-intensive whose SAT-Math is equal to 440 or ACT-Math is equal to 18
- students in majors that are math-intensive (e.g. science, engineering, computer science, etc.) whose SAT-Math score is equal to 520 or ACT-Math score is equal to 22*
*Note: Science, math, and computer science or other math-intensive majors requiring math above the level of College Algebra with an SAT-Math score equal to or greater than 520 or ACT-Math score equal to or greater than 22 should take Parts C (College Algebra) and D (Trigonometry) of the Math Placement Test for advanced placement.
Placement Testing Options for Students
Current Students and New Students Spring and Fall Semesters:
- Take the tests on the main campus in the Placement Testing Center in Noss Hall Room 215 by contacting Claire Pizer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (724) 938-5779. Appointments are available Mondays through Fridays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
- Take tests online with assistance from a local proctor. Students are eligible to take the tests but must find someone locally to oversee them. A proctor can be a guidance counselor, teacher or staff member of a local high school or college. Once you find a proctor please have them contact the Placement Testing Center at email@example.com or (724) 938-5779 for instructions.
Other Option for New Students in the Fall Only:
- Take the tests at 1:00 p.m. on the day of your summer registration. If you wish to test during summer registration, please submit the online placement testing registration.