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Understanding Your English Placement Test Score

Remember, you will not be permitted to take An English course above your readiness level even if you are just one point away.  So if you want to take a higher level course, use the English Placement Test Prep and Learning Modules to improve your skills and take the English Placement Test again.

Time Length: Ninety (90) minutes

Components: 

  • Part 1: Grammar, Mechanics and Reading Comprehension
  • Part 2: Essay
  • Adaptive- Learning: Five (5) to ten (10) hours of learning modules

Learning Modules Cut-off Dates: March 15th, 2017 to August 1st 2017

Placement Scores:

Essay
Score Percent Range Status Course
8 100 Exempt Not required to take English Composition 101*
7 87.5 Honors English Composition 101 Honors
6 75 Regular English Composition 101 Regular
0-5 62.5 and below Regular English Composition 101 (Intensive Reading and Writing Instructions: IRWI)

 

Grammar, Mechanics and Reading Comprehension (GMRC)
43-45 95-100 Exempt Not required to take English Composition 101*
39-42 86-94 Honors English Composition 101 Honors
34-38 75-85 Regular English Composition 101 Regular
33 and below 74 and below Regular English Composition 101 (Intensive Reading and Writing Instructions: IRWI)

 

Combined Range: Calculated by equally weighting Essay and GMRC scores

  • Exempt: 97% and above
  • Honors: 87-96%
  • Regular: 75-85%
  • IRWI: 74% and below

* Exemption from English Composition 101 does not reduce the number of credits the student is required to complete his/her major. This exemption adds to the number of electives the student can take.

Notes:

  1. Scores ranges are aligned with the test’s rubrics and are not representative of the GPA grading system.
  2. International Cultural Enrichment Program students scoring 65 and below will be placed in Writing Skills/ESL

Improving Your Score

You may retake the assessment up to two times after using the Prep and Learning Modules to place in the highest English course possible. Most students improve their scores on each subsequent assessment. To complete a retake, you must wait 48 hours between each placement assessment and spend at least 5 hours using the learning modules. Students who spend at least 15 hours in a learning module show the most improvement in their scores.  DSU reserves the right to randomly select students to take the placement assessment with a proctor on campus through the University College Testing Services and Programs.