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English & Math Placement Guidelines/What you Should know about Developmental Courses

Based on policy (401.1.2) implemented by the State Board of Higher Education, all North Dakota University System students must meet specific prerequisites to enroll in Mathematics and English courses. The prerequisites for both Mathematics and English are listed as follows.

English Placement Guidelines [pdf]

ACT English

SAT Writing and Language (if taken March 2016 or after)

SAT Writing (if taken prior to March 2016)

Required Course(s)

13 or less

Less than 25

Less than 430

ASC 87 (taken through DCB)




ASC 88 and ENGL 110 (ASC taken through DCB)


25 or higher

430 or higher

ENGL 110


Math Placement Guidelines[pdf]

ACT Math

SAT Math Score (if taken March 2016 or after)

SAT Math Score (if taken prior to March 2016)

Required Course(s)

17 or less

Less than 440

Less than 400

ASC 94 (taken through DCB)


440 - 540

400 - 510

ASC 93 (taken through MSU)


550 or higher

520 or higher

Refer to Math Placement Guidelines Chart

What you should know about developmental courses – ASC 87, 88, 94 & 93:

The COMPASS exam will be used to place students who have not taken the ACT or SAT into the appropriate Mathematics and English courses.  The COMPASS exam will also be used for students who have taken the ACT or SAT and wish to improve their placement scores to enroll in a higher level than their test scores permit.  Students should contact the MSU Testing Center at 858-3990 or visit  to find more information regarding the COMPASS exam.