Incoming students at Southeast are placed into the English composition sequence through a variety of means:
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 (510 or greater for SAT English subscore)||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 Writing Proficiency Exams for more information on the 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.
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 testing services directly.
To ensure correct placement of students, an additional 50-minute writing sample is
taken during the first week of classes by instructors in EN099. Students who excel
on the sample exam are brought to the attention of the director of the Center of Writing
Excellence, who makes a final decision regarding the student's placement. Fewer than
0.5% of incoming students each year are moved to a new class on the basis of this
In addition, the following incoming students have the opportunity to earn retroactive credit for EN100 and to be placed into EN140: