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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]

  • English Requirements/Placement – Placement into English courses is based on ACT English or SAT Writing subtest scores.  Students with an ACT English of 13 or less are required to enroll in Academic Skills (ASC) 87, College Writing Prep, which is a 3 credit course offered through Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) before enrolling in ENGL 110.  Students with an ACT English of 14-17 can enroll in ENGL 110, College Composition I, through MSU; however, they must co-enroll in ASC 88, Composition Lab, which is a 1 credit course offered through DCB.  Students with an ACT English of 18+ or SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing of 480+ (430+ on SAT Writing if SAT was completed prior to March 2016) are eligible to enroll in ENGL 110 through MSU.  The following chart shows the required courses for each of the ACT English and SAT Writing subtest scores.

ACT English

SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing (if taken March 2016 or after)

SAT Writing (if taken prior to March 2016)

Required Course(s)

13 or less

Less than 480

Less than 430

ASC 87 (taken through DCB)

14-17

NA

NA

ASC 88 and ENGL 110 (ASC taken through DCB)

18+

480 or higher

430 or higher

ENGL 110

 

Math Placement Guidelines [pdf]

  • Mathematics Requirements/Placement – Placement into Mathematics courses is based on ACT or SAT Math subtest scores. Refer to the attached Math Placement Guidelines Chart for placement requirements for all Mathematics courses. The following chart shows the required developmental courses for each of the ACT and SAT Math subtest scores.

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)

18-20

440 - 520

400 - 510

ASC 93 (taken through MSU)

21+

530 or higher

520 or higher

Refer to Math Placement Guidelines Chart

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

  • ASC 87,88 and 94 are offered on the Minot State University campus through Dakota College at Bottineau
  • ASC 93 is currently offered through Minot State University
  • Required prerequisites for ENGL 110 & MATH 103/104/210
  • Grade of “C” or higher is required
  • Do not count as credit toward graduation
  • Do not impact college GPA
  • Qualify for Financial Aid

The Accuplacer Placement Test will be used to place students who have not taken the ACT or SAT into the appropriate Mathematics and English courses.  The test 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 http://www.minotstateu.edu/cel to find more information regarding the Accuplacer Placement Test.