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EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM:

WKU WEATHER ALERT:

Classes beginning at 4pm today on the WKU Bowling Green campus are canceled. ALL Thursday and Friday classes on all campuses are also canceled. Online classes will proceed as scheduled. WKU offices will be closed on Thursday, with essential personnel reporting.

WKU Owensboro closed at noon today (Wed., 3/4).

WKU Glasgow evening classes that begin at 5 pm today will be canceled and the WKU Glasgow campus will close at 7 pm.

WKU Elizabethtown-Fort Knox campus will close today at 3 pm and will remain closed Thurs., Fri, and Sat., March 5-7.

Should inclement weather make travel hazardous, residence halls will remain open until Saturday. Follow WKU Housing & Residence Life for updates.

The high school regional basketball tournament games scheduled for tonight have been canceled. Games will be rescheduled for Friday/Saturday. Follow WKU News for the latest updates. #WKUAlert

Course Placement Information

Course Placement Information

Strategies

In order to maximize students' chances for success, WKU has implemented admissions/enrollment criteria and conditions that reflect a combination of individual measures (e.g., high school GPA, composite ACT) that, in combination are proven indicators of student persistence, retention and performance.  WKU is placing a greater emphasis on placing students in advising tracks and first-year courses according to their readiness needs and declared major upon entry.

It is recommended that students requiring multiple developmental courses limit their registration in developmental courses to two in their first semester. This allows students to enroll in an array of credit-bearing course to complete their schedule and thus make tangible progress toward their degree in their first semester of enrollment.

Effective Fall 2012, WKU has extended the pre-registration system through two semesters or until all college readiness needs are met and students are making satisfactory academic progress towards their degree.

Developmental & Supplemental Courses at WKU:

English Placement (Domestic Students Only)

ACT

English

SAT

Verbal/Critical Reading

SAT

Writing

COMPASS

Writing

ACCUPLACER

English

KYOTE

Writing

 English Placement

Initial Course

0-15

0-400

0-399 0-59 0-50 0-5 DENG 055C*

16-17

410-440

400-420 60-73 51-60 N/A ENG 100E

18-28

450-640

430 or higher 74 or higher 61 or higher 6 or higher ENG 100

*A grade of C or better will place into ENG 100; a grade of D or F will place back into DENG 055C.

International English Placement

ACT

English

SAT

Verbal/Critical Reading

SAT

Writing

TOEFL**

Internet Based

TOEFL**

PAPER Based

IELTS**

ACCUPLACER

English Placement

Initial Course

0-15

0-400

0-399

N/A

N/A

N/A 0-50 DENG 051C*

16-17

410-440

400-420

N/A

N/A

N/A 51-60 ENG 100E

18-28

450-640

430 or higher

71 or higher

525 or higher

6.0 or higher 61 or higher

ENG 100

*A grade of C or better will place into ENG 100; a grade of D or F will place back into DENG 051C.

** TOEFL and IELTS scores are for ENG 100 placement only. These scores cannot place a student into any reading course or into a developmental or enhanced English course.

Reading Placement

ACT

Reading

SAT

Verbal/Critical Reading

COMPASS

Reading

ACCUPLACER

English

KYOTE

Writing

English Placement

Initial Course

0-17

0-440

0-79 0-60 0-5 DRDG 080C  
18-19

450-460

80-84 61-85 6-19 LTCY 199
20-36

470 or higher

85 or higher 86 or higher 20 or higher Heavy Reading Course

Nelson Denny*

Comprehension

Vocabulary

Initial Course

*The Nelson Denny exam is administered to students in LTCY 199 during the first week of the course.  If the student scores a 13 on BOTH the Comprehension and Vocabulary sections, the student has tested out of LTCY 199 and no longer has a reading course need to complete.

4.1-12.9

4.1-12.9

LTCY 199
13 or higher

13 or higher

Heavy Reading Course

Mathematics (non-algebra track majors)

ACT Math

SAT Math

MPE MDE COMPASS (Algebra) ACCUPLACER KYOTE Initial Course

0-18

0-450

N/A N/A 0-35 N/A 0-21 MATH 109E

19 or higher

460 or higher

N/A N/A 36 o higher N/A 22 or higher MATH 109

Mathematics (algebra track majors)

ACT Math

SAT Math

MPE MDE COMPASS (Algebra) ACCUPLACER KYOTE Initial Course

0-21

0-500

0-9 0-7 0-35 0-60 0-9 DMA 055C

N/A

N/A

10-13 8 or higher 36-49 61 or higher 10-13 DMA 096C

22 or higher

510 or higher

14 or higher N/A 50 or higher N/A 14 or higher MATH 116

Note:  It is recommended that students with an Accuplacer score of 85 or higher take an additional placement exam to demonstrate readiness for Math 116. Accuplacer only places for developmental math.

The following math placement exam scores expire after one year: MPE, MDE, COMPASS (Algebra), Accuplacer, KYOTE (College Readiness Math and College Algebra).

 

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