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Course Placement


To maximize students' chances for success, WKU has implemented admissions/enrollment criteria that are proven indicators of student persistence, retention, and performance. WKU emphasizes placing students in first-year courses according to their college readiness needs and declared major upon entry.

WKU offers supplemental courses in mathematics, reading, and writing. Supplemental courses are designed to help students effectively learn course content and academic success strategies. Course placement is based on the unweighted high school GPA or standardized test scores (ACT, SAT, etc.) submitted to WKU.

When determining course placement, WKU will use EITHER unweighted high school GPA or standardized test scores. Academic advisors will automatically use the highest GPA or test scores available as they help students register for classes.

Students who do not wish to take supplemental courses may send updated transcripts or test scores to WKU, or take an approved placement exam and achieve the minimum scores. All test scores expire after four years, unless otherwise indicated.

 


 

Writing (English) Placement

Unweighted High School GPA
ACT English

SAT
Writing and Language

ACCUPLACER
English

ACCUPLACER
Next Gen Writing

KYOTE
Writing

GED College Readiness LA
PARCC ELA/Literacy

Smarter Balanced ELA/Literacy

Initial Course Placement

2.00-3.49 0-17 0-21 0-60 0-249 0-5 0-164 Levels 1-3 Levels 1-3 ENG 100E & ENG 105
3.50 or higher 18-28 22-34 61 or higher  250 or higher 6 or higher 165 or higher Level 4 or higher Level 4 ENG 100

Course placement is determined by EITHER unweighted high school GPA or standardized test scores.

A score of 480+ on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing test will place students into ENG 100.

Scores of 29+ on the ACT English test or 35+ on the SAT Writing and Language test will give students credit for ENG 100.

 

Reading Placement 

Unweighted High School GPA

ACT Reading

SAT
Reading

ACCUPLACER
Reading

ACCUPLACER
Next Gen Reading

KYOTE
Reading

GED College Readiness LA

PARCC
ELA/Literacy

Smarter Balanced
ELA/Literacy

Initial Course Placement

2.00-2.99 0-19 0-23 0-85 0-249 0-19 0-164 Levels 1-3 Levels 1-3 IDST 199
3.00 or higher 20 or higher 24 or higher 86 or higher  250 or higher 20 or higher 165 or higher Level 4 or higher Level 4 No reading course needed
Course placement is determined by EITHER unweighted high school GPA or standardized test scores.

 

Math Placement (Non-Algebra Majors) 

Unweighted High School GPA ACT Math SAT Math MPE KYOTE College Algebra GED Mathematical Reasoning

PARCC Math

Smarter Balanced Math
ALEKS PPL Initial Course Placement
2.00-2.99 0-18 0-500 N/A 0-21 0-164 Levels 1-3 Levels 1-3 0-29 MA 109C
3.00 or higher 19 or higher 510 or higher N/A 22 or higher 165 or higher Level 4 or higher Level 4 30 or higher MATH 109 or MATH 112

Course placement is determined by EITHER unweighted high school GPA or standardized test scores.

The following math placement exam scores expire after one year: KYOTE, PARCC, and ALEKS PPL.

 

Math Placement (Algebra) 

Unweighted High School GPA ACT Math SAT Math MPE KYOTE College Algebra GED Mathematical Reasoning ALEKS PPL Initial Course Placement
2.00-2.99 0-19 0-510 0-11 0-11 N/A N/A MA 115C/116C & MATH 105
3.00-3.49 20-21 520-530 12-13 12-13 N/A N/A MA 115C/116C
3.50 or higher 22-25 540-620 14 or higher 14 or higher 175 or higher 46 or higher MATH 115/116

Course placement is determined by EITHER unweighted high school GPA or standardized test scores.

Scores of 26+ on the ACT Math test or 630+ on the SAT Math test will give students credit for MATH 116.

The following math placement exam scores expire after one year: MPE, KYOTE, and ALEKS PPL.

 

Math Placement (Algebra for Business) 

Unweighted High School GPA ACT Math SAT Math MPE KYOTE College Algebra GED Mathematical Reasoning ALEKS PPL Initial Course Placement
2.00-3.49 0-21 0-530 0-13 0-13 0-174 0-45 MATH 123 & MATH 105
3.50 or higher 22 or higher 540 or higher 14 or higher 14 or higher 175 or higher 46 or higher MATH 123

Course placement is determined by EITHER unweighted high school GPA or standardized test scores.

The following math placement exam scores expire after one year: MPE, KYOTE, and ALEKS PPL.

 

Math Placement (Statistics) 

Unweighted High School GPA ACT Math SAT Math MPE KYOTE College Algebra GED Mathematical Reasoning ALEKS PPL Initial Course Placement
2.00-2.99 0-19 0-510 0-11 0-11 N/A N/A MA 115C/116C & MATH 105
3.00-3.49 20-21 520-530 12-13 12-13 N/A N/A MA 115C/116C
3.50 or higher 22 or higher 540 or higher 14 or higher 14 or higher N/A 46 or higher MATH 183

Course placement is determined by EITHER unweighted high school GPA or standardized test scores.

The following math placement exam scores expire after one year: MPE, KYOTE, and ALEKS PPL.

 


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 Last Modified 4/7/22