Southeast Missouri State University

The English and Math Placement Exams are offered in Kennett, Malden and Sikeston. Registration is available onlinefor each of the three locations. For additional information, please contact the campus directly. Photo ID required for testing.

Register Online for the English and/or Math Placement Exam 

English Placement

Southeast Missouri State University uses the ACT English subscore to determine a student’s placement in the appropriate English course. This measurement is an indicator of the student’s language skills and helps to identify the appropriate beginning English course to maximize the student’s chance to be successful.

  • An ACT English subscore of 22 or better is required to place into EN100 – English Composition.
  • An ACT English subscore of 21 or below places in EN099 – Writing skills Workshop.
  • Students entering without ACT scores will be required to take the English Placement exam.

Math Placement Exam

Southeast Missouri State University uses the ACT Math subscore to determine a student’s placement in the appropriate math course. This measurement is an indicator of the student’s math ability and helps to identify the appropriate beginning math course to maximize the student’s chance to be successful.

The following are the ACT score ranges used for course placement:

ACT Math Subscore SAT Math Score Mathematics Course Placement
0-14 0-359 MA050 Basic Math Skills
15 – 21 360-519 Logical Systems with Lab
22+ 520+ Logical System
24+ 560+ MA139
26+ 600+ MA140

NOTE: Students who do not have an ACT Math Sub-Score or SAT Math Score on file will automatically be placed into MA050. Students can take the appropriate COMPASS Test ONCE to attempt to place into another math course.

Please visit the Department of Mathematics web site for information on the MA101 - Beginning Algebra course or for information about the MA050 - Basic Math Skills course.

Registration, Fees and Location

Students register to take the COMPASS at one of the Regional Campuses in Kennett, Malden or Sikeston by using the above registration link. Test dates are listed on the registration form. Test takers must use their Student ID number to register.

There is a $20 fee for the exam that will be charged to the student’s account.

Preparing for the Math Placement Test

It is to the student’s advantage to review for the math placement test. Practice questions are available through ACT COMPASS

The math placement test could cover the following areas:

  • Numerical skills/pre-algebra
  • Beginning algebra/intermediate algebra
  • College algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Additional resources are available through Brazosport College.

Test Day: When to Arrive and What to Bring

  • Arrive 15 minutes before the test time.
  • Bring the printed test confirmation email
  • Bring a Photo-ID (i.e., driver’s license, student ID, etc.)
  • Have available the test taker’s University ID number (S########) if known
  • Calculators are not-permitted; test takers will have access to a built-in calculator

For questions and help with online registration, please call Testing Services at 573-651-2836.

Regional Campus Information

Southeast Missouri State University - Kennett

1230 First Street
Kennett, MO 63857

Telephone: (573) 888-0513
Fax:(573) 888-1583
Email: mblanchard@semo.edu
http://www.semo.edu/kennett/

Southeast Missouri State University - Malden

700 North Douglass
Malden, Missouri 63863

Telephone: (573) 276-4577
Toll-free:1–888–213–4601
Fax: (573) 276-4070
E-mail: rhux@semo.edu
http://www.semo.edu/malden/

Southeast Missouri State University - Sikeston

2401 N. Main
Sikeston, MO 63801
Telephone: (573) 472-3210
Fax: (573) 472-4689
Email: sikeston@semo.edu
http://www.semo.edu/sikeston/

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