Placement exams are offered in the subject areas of English and math. The exams are required for entering students who do not meet the ACT subscore requirements for placement. Placement exams are not transferable to or from another institution.
Information for 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.
ACT English Subscore English Course Placement 22 or greater Student places into EN100 - English Composition 21 or below Student places into EN099 - Writing Skills Workshop
Students entering without ACT scores will be required to take the English Placement exam. English placement information is available at the Center for Writing Excellence. Visit the Writing Assessment Program for more information on English placement exam.
Cape Girardeau campus students will complete the English placement exam during First Step orientation. Please refer to New Student Programs - First Step Orientation for orientation dates and placement exam schedule. First Step Dates
Regional Campus placement exams are administered in Kennett, Malden, and Sikeston. Please refer to the Regional Campus Placement Exams listing for the English placement exam schedule. For additional information, please contact the campus directly.
Information for Math Placement
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 Math Course Placement 21 or greater Student places into any Logical Systems course 15 - 20 Student places into MA101 - Beginning Algebra 0 - 14 Student places into MA050 - Basic Math Skills No ACT Math Subscore Student places into MA050 - Basic Math Skills
Please visit the Department of Mathematics for information about MA101 - Beginning Algebra or MA050 - Basic Math Skills.
Optional Math Placement Exam
As a service to students, Southeast Missouri State University offers an optional math placement test for:
Students without ACT Math subscores who want to qualify for a math level course above MA050: Basic Math Skills
Students with ACT Math subscores that do not meet placement requirements
- Students who want to demostrate the ability to qualify for a higher-level math course
Testing Services administers the ACT COMPASS exam as an option for determining math placement. Like the standard ACT Math subscore, the COMPASS Math score is an indicator of a student's math ability and can be used to identify the appropriate course placement. Immediately after testing, the student will receive a report containing the score and an explanation of the corresponding math course placement.
The COMPASS exam is an untimed computer-based test. It must be taken in person at a certified, proctored location as detailed below.
Pre-registration for the optional COMPASS math placement test is required for both on-campus and remote testing locations.