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Advising Basics and Information for TOP

Advising Basics and Information for Topper Orientation Program (TOP)

ACT - SAT Concordance

The ACT and SAT are different tests that measure similar but distinct constructs. The ACT measures achievement related to high school curricula, while the SAT measures general verbal and quantitative reasoning.

The SAT has recently updated its scoring process. The new concordance charts may be viewed here.

Honors College Advising

There are specific considerations that should be made when advising an Honors College student. Beyond the advising tips, understanding of the Honors College Curriculum is beneficial to all advisors at WKU. For more information regarding Honors College advising practices, please call (270) 745-2081. 

Math Placement Exam (MPE) Information

All students are required to take a Math course to meet the requirement for the Colonnade general education requirements at WKU. While at WKU, many students will meet that requirement by taking MATH 109, MATH 112, MATH 115, MATH 116, etc., to fulfill that credit. Certain majors require students to take either a specific math course. The College Readiness website has a breakdown of math requirement by major. According to university policy, departments cannot require specific general education courses unless the courses are approved as part of the major curriculum.

Scores from the MPE, along with ACT or SAT math scores, are used to determine math course placement for students enrolling in the university. Refer to the student's profile sheet for the MPE score and the math score from the ACT/SAT. To determine the recommended math course, a useful placement chart can be found here.

If you have any further questions regarding Math Placement at WKU, please do contact the Department of Mathematics at (270) 745-3651.

Tips for the Advisement of International Students

Ensuring that all students move through their academic curriculum while at WKU is the goal of each academic advisor at WKU. Advisors serve the diverse student population of WKU and attempt to provide the best service possible to all students. Please feel free to the contact International Enrollment Management office when advising international students at WKU. 

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 Last Modified 7/5/17