Southwestern Oklahoma State University


Remedial Courses

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education established an ACT score of 19 as the "first cut" in determining student readiness for college level course work. Students must score 19 or above in the four subject areas of mathematics, English, reading, and science reasoning in order to avoid second level testing and/or remedial courses.* The Computer Placement Test (CPT) is used as the second level test. Students who score below 19 on any ACT subtest should contact the Office of Counseling and Assessment for information about the CPT and placement in remedial courses.

The following CPT scores have been established for remedial course placement for entering freshmen:

Mathematics 0-74 0123 Basic Algebra
  75-84 1143 Math Concepts or 0123 Basic Algebra
  85-94 1143 Math Concepts or 1103 Intermediate Algebra
English Below 75 0123 Fundamentals of English
Reading Below 75 0122 Improvement of Reading
Science Science ACT below 19: Student must satisfy remediation requirements in English, mathematics, and reading before enrolling in science courses. The first science course must be 1004 Biological concepts or 1514 Concepts of Physical science

Based on student CPT scores, the university may recommend placement in specific courses which will aid students in improving skill levels in specific disciplines.

* Students who score below 19 on any ACT subtest area may elect to enroll in appropriate remedial courses without completing second level testing.