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Remedial Requirements
Course Placement Guidelines

(Spring 2019)

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. When subscores are below 19 on an ACT subtest, secondary Course Placement Tests (CPTs) are available. Students should contact the University Assessment Center for information about CPTs or to make an appointment (580.774.7084/assessment@swosu.edu).

After taking the ACT and any needed CPT, students with deficiencies are encouraged to begin skill development as soon as possible. Select the link for some skill-building options.

Developing skills before college can save students hundreds and even thousands of dollars as well as many hours of course time by preparing for further ACT and/or CPT testing. Skill building can also improve success in college courses.

After a minimum two-week waiting period of skill development, students may retake the CPT test. Once you achieve the necessary CPT score(s), you may skip remediation and/or support courses and enroll in general education courses in math and English. CPT scores expire after one year.

Student must pass remedial courses with an “S” or “C” or higher. College credit is not awarded, but the hours are counted in the enrollment for financial aid and intercollegiate sports qualification. Zero-level courses may not be funded by Oklahoma’s Promise. These grades do not affect grade-point average.

ACT and CPT scores have been established for remedial course placement as follows:

Click to see the Remediation Flowchart:  Remediation Flowchart


ACT 19 – 36 or CPT 256 – 3001113 English Composition I

ACT 16 – 18 or CPT 246 – 255: 1113 English Composition I AND 0132 Composition I Support

ACT 1 – 15 or CPT 200 – 245: 0123 Fundamentals of English. Upon the successful completion of this course, students may take 1113 English Composition AND 0132 Composition I Support.


ACT 19 – 36 or CPT 256 – 300: No reading remediation is required.

ACT 1 –  18 or CPT 200 – 2550122 Improvement of Reading.

ACT 16 18 or CPT 246 – 2550122 Improvement of Reading is waived for students enrolled in both 1113 English Composition I AND 0132 Composition I Support.


I.  If 1513 College Algebra (or higher MATH) is required for your major:

ACT 19 – 36 or Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics (QRAS) CPT 256 – 300:  1513 College Algebra

ACT 16 – 18 or QRAS CPT 246 – 2551513 College Algebra AND 0162 College Algebra Support

ACT 1 – 15 or QRAS CPT 200 – 245:

  • 0174 Prep for College Math followed by
  • 0124 Basic Algebra followed by
  • 1513 College Algebra for college credit AND 0162 College Algebra Support
  • (A score of 246 – 300 on the Arithmetic CPT exempts students from 0174 Prep for College Math)

II.  If 1513 College Algebra IS NOT required for your major:

ACT 19 – 36 or Arithmetic CPT 256 – 300 or QRAS CPT 246 – 300: Gen. Ed. Math Course (excluding College Algebra)

ACT 16 18 or Arithmetic CPT 246 – 255 or QRAS CPT 246 – 300Gen. Ed. Math Course (excluding College Algebra) AND Supplemental Support Course

ACT 1 – 15 or Arithmetic CPT 200 – 245 or QRAS CPT 200 – 235:

  • 0174 Prep for College Math followed by
  • General Education Math Course (excluding College Algebra)


Students with ACT science reasoning scores of 1 – 18 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 based on major.

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