Remedial Requirements
Course Placement Guidelines

(Spring 2016)

An ACT score of 19 is the “first cut” in determining student readiness for college level coursework. Students must score 19 or above in the four subject areas of Mathematics, English, Reading, and Science in order to avoid second level testing and/or remediation.  Students who score below 19 on an ACT subtest are required to participate in The Placement Roadmap to Success (PRS), which is a remediation package that Southwestern is pleased to offer.  Students should contact the University Assessment Center for information about PRS (580-774-7084 / assessment@swosu.edu) or to make an appointment.  PRS includes a computer placement test (CPT), which is used to test out of remediation.  When remediation is necessary, research shows that students who complete remediation utilizing Pearson's MyFoundationsLab (MFL) are often more successful in general education courses.  Therefore, PRS also offers MFL to students before attending their first semester (or between semesters).  It requires a diagnostics test, which will 1) identify strengths and challenges, and 2) assign online personalized interactive instruction for academic skill development (available up to 10 weeks).  After evidence in MFL of mastering challenges by scoring an 80%on the assigned modules, students may take a second CPT to test out of further remediation.  Therefore, students with deficiencies should begin this remediation process as early as possible.  PRS used successfully will save you remedial course costs of at least $700 and 48 hours of class time in English, $900 and 64 hours of class time in math, and $450 and 32 hours of class time in reading (more than $2050 and 144 hours of class time for all three subjects).  Course fees and textbooks are additional. However, PRS is no charge to you...it is funded by SWOSU.  ACT and CPT scores have been established for remedial course placement as follows:

Placement Roadmap to Success Flowchart

ENGLISH Placement Roadmap to Success

ACT above 18 or CPT above 69

1113 English Composition I: College credit is awarded for this required general education course.

ACT below 19 or CPT below 70

  1. a) CPT English Diagnostics test
    b)    MFL remediation, scoring 80% or higher
    c)    CPT English Re-test
    d)    If necessary, repeat MFL, scoring 85%
    e)    CPT English Re-test 2
  2. If remediation in MFL is not successful, enrollment in 0123 Fundamentals of English will be required:
    Student must pass to satisfy the remedial English requirement.  College credit is not awarded, but the hours are counted in the enrollment total for financial aid and intercollegiate sports qualification.  The grade does not affect grade-point average.  Upon the successful completion of this course, students may take 1113 English Composition as their next English course.

READING Placement Roadmap to Success

ACT below 19 or CPT below 75

  1. a) CPT Reading Diagnostics test
    b)    MFL remediation, scoring 80% or higher
    c)    CPT Reading Re-test
    d)    If necessary, repeat MFL, scoring 85%
    e)    CPT Reading Re-test 2
  2. If remediation in MFL is not successful, required enrollment in 0122/0123 Improvement of Reading will be required: Student must pass to satisfy the remedial reading requirement.  College credit is not awarded, but the hours are counted in the enrollment total for financial aid and intercollegiate sports qualification.  The grade does not affect grade-point average.

Science

Students with ACT science reasoning scores below 19 must satisfy remediation requirements (if any) in English, mathematics, and reading before enrolling in science courses.  The first science course must be a general education science course.

MATH Placement Roadmap to Success

I.  If 1513 COLLEGE ALGEBRA is required for your major:

ACT above 18 or Elementary Algebra CPT above 91

1513 College Algebra

ACT below 19 or Elementary Algebra CPT 75-91

  1. a)    CPT Elementary Algebra Diagnostics test
    b)    MFL remediation, scoring 80% or higher
    c)    CPT Elementary Algebra Re-test
    d)    If necessary, repeat MFL, scoring 85%
    e)    CPT Elementary Algebra Re-test 2
  2. If remediation is not successful in MFL, enrollment in 0133 Fundamentals of Algebra II will be required.

ACT below 19 or Elementary Algebra CPT below 75

  1. a)    CPT Elementary Algebra Diagnostics test
    b)    MFL remediation, scoring 80% or higher
    c)    CPT Elementary Algebra Re-test
    d)    If necessary, repeat MFL, scoring 85%
    e)    CPT Elementary Algebra Re-test
  2. If remediation is not successful in MFL, enrollment in 0114 Fundamentals of Algebra I followed by enrollment in 0133 Fundamentals of Algebra II will be required.

II.  If 1153 MATH APPLICATIONS AND 1143 MATH CONCEPTS are approved for your major:

ACT above 18 or Arithmetic CPT above 89 or Elementary Algebra CPT above 75

1153 Math Applications or 1143 Math Concepts

ACT below 19 or Arithmetic CPT below 90 or Elementary Algebra CPT below 75

  1. a)    CPT Arithmetic Diagnostics test
    b)    MFL remediation, scoring 80% or higher
    c)    CPT Arithmetic Re-test
    d)    If necessary, repeat MFL, scoring 85%
    e)    CPT Arithmetic Re-test 2
  2. If remediation is not successful in MFL, enrollment in 0144 Foundations of Math Reasoning will be required.

Math Courses:

0114 Fundamentals of Algebra I:  Student must pass to satisfy the remedial math requirement.  College credit is not awarded, but the hours are counted in the enrollment total for financial aid and intercollegiate sports qualification.  The grade does not affect grade-point average.

0133 Fundamentals of Algebra II:  A student with a math deficiency must pass this pre-requisite to College Algebra.  College credit is not awarded, but the hours are counted in the enrollment total for financial aid and intercollegiate sports qualification.  The grade does not affect grade-point average.

0144 Foundations of Math Reasoning:  Student must pass to satisfy the remedial math requirement on the non-College Algebra path.  College credit is not awarded, but the hours are counted in the enrollment total for financial aid and intercollegiate sports qualification.  The grade does not affect grade-point average.

1153 Math Applications:  College credit is awarded for this general education course.

1143 Math Concepts:  College credit is awarded for this general education course.

1513 College Algebra:  College credit is awarded for this general education course.