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Placement Tests


MSU Denver uses various placement tests for placement into general studies Math and English courses. Students who have taken the ACT or SAT and have sub scores at or above the following are exempt from the respective assessments:

ACT English 18
ACT Math 19

SAT 470 Evidence-based reading / writing (test administered March 2016 or later)
SAT 500 Mathematics (test administered March 2016 or later)

SAT 430 Critical Reading / Verbal (test administered before March 2016)
SAT 460 Mathematics (test administered before March 2016)

Test scores are valid until the end of the calendar year five years from the date of the test administration. For example, students may enroll in a course in Fall 2017 based on a placement test score administered in Spring 2012, but the same score would not be valid for enrollment in a Spring 2018 course.

Not sure what Math class you need for your Major?

Follow this link to see a list of Math courses required for Majors.

Exemptions for Transfer Credit from other schools

Students with transfer credit from other institutions may be exempt from one or more of the Accuplacer placement tests. Please consult with the Office of Transfer Services or the Academic Advising Center for evaluation of transfer credit.

No appointment necessary

For assessment testing you do not need an appointment. Students may take the assessments during our normal office hours 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Test takers must present a valid photo ID at the time of testing.

Limited evening and weekend hours are available by appointment only; please contact Testing Services in advance to schedule an appointment.

Allocate enough time

The assessments are not timed and take approximately 30 minutes each. Please plan on 2 hours for all three assessments.

Retesting and test fees

There is no charge for the first or second attempt at an Accuplacer exam. Additional attempts at Accuplacer Testing require a fee, completion of an online diagnostic test, and attendance at a study/preparation session. Students may test up to five times in 12 months.

Click HERE to read more about third time testing policies.

Official Accuplacer Study Guide:

Click HERE to download the free Accuplacer study guide.

PDF of the MSU Denver Cut Score Matrix: Cut Score Matrix - Spring 2018

 

 Math Courses

ACCUPLACER
Elementary Algebra (EA), Arithmetic (AR), College Level Math (CLM), Math General Placement Test (MathGPT)
ACT Math Score
SAT Math Score
REQUIRED COURSES
45-71 (EA) NA NA MTH 1080 Mathematical Modes of Thought with peer study - see academic advising or math dept. to register.

72-120 (EA)

19 or higher

500 or higher

460 or higher (score result before March 2016)

 MTH 1080 Mathematical Modes of Thought

72-120 (EA)
OR
45-71 (EA) and 75-120 (AR)
{See an advisor for for registration if your AR score is between 75 and 89}

19 or higher

500 or higher

460 or higher (score result before March 2016)

MTH 1210 Introduction to Statistics
MTH 1610
Integrated Mathematics I

85 - 99 (EA) 19-23

500-579

460-559 (score result before March 2016)

MTH 1310 Finite Math with peer study- see an academic advisor or math adept. to register.
MTH 1112
College Algebra through Modeling with peer study - see an academic advisor or math adept. to register.

100-120 (EA) 24 or higher

580 or higher

560 or higher (score result before March 2016)

MTH 1310 Finite Math
MTH 1112 College Algebra through Modeling
45-120 (EA)
19-21
500-529

460-499 (score result before March 2016)

MTH1108 Stretch College Algebra
- see an academic advisor or math dept. to register.

90-120 (EA)
AND
20-44 (CLM)

22-26

530-609

500-589 (score result before March 2016)

MTH 1110 College Algebra with peer study - see an academic advisor or math dept. to register.

45-120 (CLM) 27 or higher

610 or higher

590 or higher (score result before March 2016)

 MTH 1110 College Algebra

65-79 (CLM)  NA  NA MTH 1120 College Trigonometry
MTH 1400
Pre-Calculus
80 - 120 (CLM)
N/A
NA

 MTH 1410 Calculus I

MATH KEY: AR=Arithmetic, EA=Elementary Algebra, CLM=College Level Math,

Students who do not place into MSU Denver College Level Math courses should consult with an academic advisor to enroll in appropriate developmental math courses.

 

 

ENG 1010-Composing Arguments

ACCUPLACER English tests

ACT

SAT (old version)

SAT (new version)

REQUIRED COURSES

20 – 94
(classic test)

200 – 245
(next generation test)

Below 18

Below 430

Below 470

Students in this score range must complete the First Year Writing (FYW) Placement writing sample.

Possible course placement based on the FYW Placement writing sample: ENG 1010, ENG 1010+ ENG 1001, or ENG 1008/1009.

Please see the English Department in King Center 402 for placement details.

95 or higher
(classic test)

246 or higher
(next generation test)

18 or higher

430 or higher (score result before March 2016)

470 or higher (score result March 2016 or later)

ENG 1010 Composing Arguments

The MSU Denver English Department offers College level, credit-bearing First Year Writing courses for all admitted students regardless of standardized test scores. English Department faculty will determine placement based on the First Year Writing (FYW) Placement writing sample. All students may take the optional Accuplacer English assessment for placement.

New High School graduates 19 years old or younger must have either an ACT or SAT test score.

ACT and SAT scores are valid for five years. Students with expired ACT or SAT scores must take the First Year Writing Secondary Placement writing sample.

Consult with the English Department (King Center, Room 402) for additional information on placement options.

Transfer Students or Students with Previous College-level English Credit:

Students must transfer completed courses equivalent to ENG 1010 (or pre-requisite ENG courses) from other institutions to MSU Denver. This includes completed classes from other colleges, Concurrent Enrollment credit completed while in High School, CLEP credit, AP credit, etc. Consult with Transfer Services {link} for details on this process. Consult with an Academic Advisor {link} for placement options based on transfer credit.

Secondary Placement Process:

Students may complete the English Secondary Placement writing sample at the Testing Services office in Tivoli Room 347 or at the English Department in King Center Room 402. Bring a valid photo ID and student ID number. There is no time limit for the writing sample; the average time is under 60 minutes. Once scored the English Department will contact students via email regarding placement based on the writing sample. Students must respond to the email message in order to register. For questions please contact the English Department.

New, First-time Freshman Students: Please complete all placement tests prior to attending New Student Orientation!


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