Placement Policy

The purpose of this policy is to identify the process by which students are placed in the appropriate level English, reading, and mathematics courses. Arkansas state law requires that all first-time entering degree or technical certificate seeking students demonstrate proficiency in these areas or be placed in courses/programs that will help students prepare for college-level coursework. The minimum test scores used for placement were established by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. A student may retest on one or more sections of a placement exam after a minimum of 30 days in order to allow time for the person to study before attempting the exam again. The Director of Student Development may make an exception to this where special circumstances exist. Placement score requirements are as follows:

Reading Course Placement 

Course ACT Reading  Accuplacer Reading Accuplacer Next Generation Reading GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
College Level Courses

Minimum of 19

- or -

13-18 w/ Approved High School GPA1

Minimum of 78

- or -

30-77 w/ Approved High School GPA1

237-300 Minimum of 165 Reasoning Through Language Arts
Reading Improvement 18 or below 30-77 220-236 Not Applicable2
Not currently eligible for admission** NA 29 or below 219 or below Not Applicable2

** Free Adult Education Program available to improve reading skills.

Students who test into Reading Improvement must enroll in Reading Improvement during their first or second semester in college and each subsequent semester, if necessary, until the course is completed with at least a grade of “C.”

Reading Improvement is a prerequisite for English composition I for students who score below 19 on the ACT Reading, below 78 on Accuplacer Reading or below 220 on the Accuplacer Next Generation Reading, unless the student meets the high school GPA requirements. Students must successfully complete Reading Improvement with a “C” or better to enroll in English Composition I when test scores require.

1High School Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher AND a grade of “B” or higher in English 12 (413000) or higher-level English course.

2Alternate placement examination scores required.

English Course Placement 

Course ACT English Accuplacer Sentence Skills Accuplacer Next Generation Writing GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
College Level (English Comp I)

Minimum of 19 in English

– or –

13-18 w/ approved High School GPA1 

AND

Minimum of 19 in Reading

– or –

13-18 in Reading w/ Approved High School GPA1

Minimum of 83 in Sentence Skills

- or -

56-82 w/ approved High School GPA1

AND

Minimum of 78 in Reading

- or -

30-77 in Reading w/ approved High School GPA1

Minimum Score of 250 in Writing

AND

Minimum of 237 in Reading

- or –

220-236 in Reading w/ approved High School GPA1

Minimum of 165 in Reasoning Through Language Arts
Basic Writing 13-18 56-82 237-249 Not Applicable 3
Fundamentals of Writing 12 or below 55 or below 200-236 Not Applicable3
Writing for the Workplace Minimum of 16 Minimum of 65 Minimum of 237 Not Applicable3

1High School Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher AND a grade of “B” or higher in English 12 (413000) or higher-level English course.

2Alternate placement examination scores may be accepted. See Office of Admissions for a list of those examinations.

3Alternate placement examination scores required.

Math Course Placement 

Course ACT Math Accuplacer Elementary Algebra Accuplacer Next Generation Arithmetic, Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS) or Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF) Accuplacer Next Generation UACCB Local Mathematics GED Mathematical Reasoning
College Level Mathematics

Minimum 19

- or -

17-18 w/ approved High School GPA1

- or -

Minimum 17-18**

College Math Minimum of 42

- or -

Elementary Algebra 67-77 w/ approved High School GPA1

- or –

Elementary Algebra 67-77**

QAS 276-300

AND

AAF 237-300

- or -

QAS 263-300

AND

AAF 200-236**

265-300

- or -

249-264**

Minimum of 165 in Mathematical Reasoning
Essentials of Math 16 or below Elementary Algebra 66 or below

Arithmetic 200-300

AND

QAS 200-262

200-264 Not Applicable3
Technical Math Minimum of 16 Elementary Algebra Minimum of 55

Arithmetic 250-300

- or -

QAS 263-300

240-264 Not Applicable3

Students scoring 29 or below on Elementary Algebra of Accuplacer must take Essentials of Math regardless of their score on the Intermediate Algebra section.

1High School Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher AND a grade of “B” or higher in Algebra II (432000) or higher-level math course.

2Alternate placement examination scores may be accepted. See Office of Admissions for a list of those examinations.

3Alternate placement examinations scores required.

**College Algebra with co-requisite MTH 0001 Math Skills