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Placement in Developmental Courses
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Placement in Developmental Courses

Adequate skills in reading, writing, and mathematics are necessary for success in all college-level courses. Developmental and skill-building courses in reading, writing, and mathematics are designed to provide students with the skills and resources needed to succeed in college. Based on ACT or other test scores, students are placed in the appropriate level course(s) in each of the areas below during their first year at Lindsey Wilson. Courses numbered 0900 or below are considered developmental courses, while 1000-level courses are considered skill-building courses.

Note: Students are not allowed to withdraw from some of the developmental and/or skill-building courses unless the requirements for a placement appeal have been met. (See Placement Appeals Process.)

English as a Second Language (ESL) Sequence

  1. ENGL 0803 - ESL: Listening and Speaking
  2. ENGL 0805 - ESL: Reading and Writing
  3. ENGL 0855 - ESL: College-Level Skills

English Composition Sequence

  1. ** ENGL 0903 - Introduction to College Writing
  2. ENGL 0904 - Introduction to College Writing with Lab
  3. ENGL 1013 - English Composition I
  4. ENGL1023 - English Composition II

** Course sections of ENGL 0903 identified by ESL are recommended for international students.

Reading Sequence

  1. READ 0903 - Reading Fundamentals
  2. READ 1013 - College Reading I
  3. READ 1023 - College Reading II
  4. * STSK 1003 - College Study Skills

*Students placed into READ 0903 or READ 1013 may be required to also take STSK 1003. Course sections of STSK 1003 identified by ESL are recommended for international students. Note: A minimum of a C is required prior to enrolling in the next course in the Reading Sequence. Grading: A through C or NC.

Mathematics Sequence

  1. MATH 0903 - Basic Mathematics
  2. MATH 0941, 0951 and 0961 - Elementary Algebra A, B and C
  3. MATH 0971, 0981 and 0991 - Intermediate Algebra A, B and C
  4. MATH 1003 - Data Models
  5. MATH 1113 - College Algebra
  6. MATH 1124 - Pre-calculus
  7. MATH 2153 - Finite Mathematics

Testing and Placement

Students are strongly urged to take the American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT). Students who do not provide an ACT or SAT score are required to take the Accuplacer test, which is administered in the Academic Success Center by the Director of Freshman Advising. Based upon these scores, students will be placed into the appropriate level of the sequence in reading, study skills, writing, and mathematics.

Successful completion of each course is required before a student can advance to the next level course in the sequence. Students must complete all levels in the sequence, beginning with the class into which they are placed and ending with the last course in the sequence. Students are required to register for a sequenced course each semester until all courses in the sequence have been completed successfully.

Placement Appeals Process

In order to maximize their chances for academic success, students must remain in the developmental or skill-building courses into which they have been placed unless they complete one of the following appeals-process options:

  • Students who have provided test scores that place them into developmental or skill-building courses are urged to retake the ACT or SAT and submit new scores.
  • Students may choose to take any or all parts of the placement challenge test (includes English, mathematics, and reading). Testing is offered prior to the beginning of each semester by the Director of Freshman Advising. Testing dates are announced during the new student orientation (EDGE Days).
  • Students who have provided test scores that place them into developmental or skill-building courses may appeal their placement by taking the Accuplacer test. To exercise this option, the student must contact the Director of Freshman Advising prior to the beginning of the semester. Students who wish to appeal their placement after the beginning of the semester (beginning with the first day of classes) must refer to item d below.
  • Students who wish to appeal their placement based upon ACT, SAT, or Accuplacer scores may do so through a written request to the instructor of the course following the procedure outlined below. This process must be completed by the last day to add a class.
  1. The student must attend the first class meeting and must make the appeal request in writing, to the instructor, as soon as possible.
  2. The instructor of the course, in consultation with the applicable academic program, may choose to administer an assessment instrument (other than the Accuplacer) to determine whether the student can demonstrate competency in the skills taught in that particular course.
  3. If the instructor of the course is satisfied that the student has demonstrated competency in those skills, the instructor will complete an Add/Drop Form, which will indicate the student may drop the course. The instructor will then add the next course in the sequence to the students schedule. The student will need to obtain his or her advisers signature on the Add/Drop Form before submitting the form to the Registrars Office.
  4. If the student tests out of the last class in any sequence, the student will need to consult with his or her adviser to choose another freshman level course.
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