Southeast Missouri State University

Placement Exams

Placement exams are offered in the subject areas of English and math. The exams are optional for entering students who do not meet the ACT subscore requirements and are placed into developmental english or math courses. Placement exams are not transferable to or from another institution.

Information for EnglishPlacement

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.

ACTEnglish Subscore English Course Placement
22 or greater Student places into EN100 - English Composition
21 or below or no ACT Score Student places into EN099 - Writing Skills Workshop

Students entering without ACT scores should take the English Placement exam. English placement information is available at the Center for Writing Excellence. Visit theWriting 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 fororientation 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 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 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.

Optional Math Placement Exam

As a service to students, Testing Services administers the ACT COMPASS exam as an option for determing math placement 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

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 the Main Campus or one of the Regional Campuses. For students outside the local area remote COMPASS Testing is available. Contact Testing Services for details.

Pre-registration for the optionalCOMPASS math placement test is required for both on-campus and remote testing locations.

For Main Campus registration information, please call Testing Services, (573)651-2836

For the Regional Campuses registration information, please visit the Regional Campus Placement Exams listing. http://app.semo.edu/genl/testsvc/rcpe.asp

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