Academic Placement for New First-Year Students

At Southern, our First Year Advising team will work with you to build your first semester schedule to ensure you start strong. New first-year students typically receive their fall course schedule at New Student Orientation (NSO).

All first-year students (full-time and part-time) must establish a placement level in English and Mathematics before they can register for Fall semester courses. In order to determine whether you need to take the Mathematics or English assessment, please follow the steps below.

Many students will need to take the English or Mathematics placement assessments. We strongly encourage you to take them as soon as possible so that we are able to help you get the right schedule for your first semester in college.  We cannot guarantee that you will be able to register for fall classes at your orientation session unless you have established your placement well in advance.

Step 1: View Placement Scores

You may check to see whether you have established Math or English placement by following these instructions.

  1. Log into MyApps
  2. Go to Banner Web
  3. Select Student Services
  4. Then select Student Records
  5. Then select Test Scores and Placements

Scores will be listed for each type of placement, if they have been determined.

Step 2: Placement via SAT or ACT scores

If you have already taken the SAT or ACT, those scores can be used to establish an initial Math and English placement.  If you have not already done so, please send your score report (including subscores) well in advance of your orientation session.

Send scores to admissions@southernct.edu, or fax to (203) 392-5727.

Step 3: You need to take a Math or English placement assessment if the following apply to you.

  • You do not have a Math or English placement shown in Banner Web AND you do not have SAT or ACT scores to submit.
  • You have a Math or English placement shown in BannerWeb, but would like to take an assessment in order to potentially improve your placement level.
  • If you are taking AP or Early College (ECE) courses in Math or English but will not have your scores by your orientation session, please make sure you have established placement at Southern for Math and English so you may register for classes at orientation. When your official AP/ECE transcripts arrive later in the summer, your schedule will be adjusted if needed.

 

Take English Placement     Register For Mathematics Placement

 


The links below provide more details about how your standardized test scores or high school records are used for placement. Students who have been placed by one of these methods may take placement assessments to try to place at a higher level.

Incoming first-year students will be automatically placed into English composition based on submission of any of the following:

  • SAT Reading score or ACT Composite score;
  • Verified high school cumulative GPA 3.40 or higher on a 4-point scale;
  • AP Score 3 - English Language and Composition Exam

Incoming first-year students may be waived from English composition based on submission of any of the following:

  • AP Score 4 or 5 - English Language and Composition Exam
  • AP Score 4 or 5 - English Literature and Composition Exam
  • Successful completion of relevant English Early College Experience (ECE) or college transfer credits. Note: unless completed at Southern, official college transcripts are required.

 

Students that place into ENG 110 via SAT or ACT scores may opt to take the English placement assessment to improve their placement level. Details about the English placement exam can be found on the English placement page.

 

The table below details English courses that you are eligible to take based on your SAT/ACT/AP scores:

 

SAT Reading Score/ACT Composite/AP Score * 

First Semester

Second Semester

SAT Reading Subscore 24 or lower/ ACT Composite 17 or below

ENG 110

ENG 112

SAT Reading Subscore 25-30/ ACT Composite 18-24

None

ENG 112

SAT Reading Subscore 31 or above/ ACT Composite 25 or better / AP Score 4

ENG 112

 

High School cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher on a 4-point scale 

ENG 112

 

AP Score 3 English Language and Composition Exam

ENG 110 Credit Earned – Placed into ENG 112

 

AP Score 4 or 5 English Language and Composition Exam

ENG 112 Credit Earned – Requirement Met

 

AP Score 4 or 5 English Literature and Composition Exam

ENG 112 Credit Earned – Requirement Met

 

*Your highest score will be applied.

NOTE: The last day to take the online ENG Placement is Monday, August 22 at midnight. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Brian Johnson at johnsonb2@southernct.edu.

   

Take English Placement

Incoming first-year students can be given an initial mathematics placement based on submission of any of the following:

  • Math score on the SAT or ACT, or
  • Grade in AP Statistics or Calculus, or
  • High school GPA combined with grades in college prep mathematics courses.  If your cumulative high school GPA is 3.40 or higher on a 4-point scale, please review the information below to see whether you can be placed into mathematics courses based on your high school record.

All students may opt to take a math placement exam which allows a student to potentially improve their course eligibility depending on exam results. Details about the placement examination can be found on the Mathematics Placement page.

The table below details the Mathematics courses you are eligible to take based on your SAT, ACT, or AP score:

If your SAT, ACT, or AP score is…

You are eligible to take…

SAT 520 or lower
ACT 1-19

MAT 100P (3 credits, requires 2 additional math lab hours).

SAT 530-560
ACT 20-22

The course above plus MAT 100MAT 103, or MAT 105 (3 credits, chosen major may require specific course from these three classes).

SAT 570 or higher
ACT 23 or higher
B or better in AP Statistics

Any course above plus MAT 107MAT 108, or MAT 112 (3 credits, chosen major may require a specific course from this list).

SAT 600 or higher PLUS a grade of B or better in high school Precalculus* or Calculus*

AP Calculus with grade of B or better

Any course above plus MAT 120MAT 122MAT 125MAT 139MAT 150, and MAT 221 (3 or 4 credits, chosen major may require a specific course from the list).

* – must be shown to include trigonometry. Please contact math.chair@southernct.edu for details on how to do this.

Mathematics Placement via High School Record

Incoming first-year students that have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.40 or higher may be placed into mathematics courses based on their academic record in high school mathematics courses. All students may opt to take a math placement exam which allows a student to potentially improve their course eligibility depending on exam results.

Requirements for using high school record as a basis for mathematics placement:

  • Overall high school GPA of 3.40 or higher on a 4-point scale.
  • Three or more years of college preparatory mathematics courses from the following list:  Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus/Trigonometry (full year), Calculus, AP Statistics, AP Calculus, or equivalent IB course work.
  • A full-year mathematics course completed senior year.

For students who meet the above requirements, the table below shows course eligibility based on high school record.

High school math course/grade requirement

Course eligibility at Southern

HS Precalculus or Calculus grade C or better OR Algebra II grade B or better OR AP Statistics grade B or better

MAT 100P , MAT 100MAT 103,  MAT 105MAT 107MAT 108, or MAT 112 (3 credits, chosen major may require a specific course from this list).

HS Precalculus or Calculus grade B or better OR AP Calculus grade C or better

Any course above plus MAT 120MAT 122, or MAT 125 (3 or 4 credits, chosen major may require a specific course from the list).

AP Calculus grade B or better

Any course above plus MAT 139MAT 150, and MAT 221 (3 or 4 credits, chosen major may require a specific course from the list).

 

NOTE: The last day to register for the VIRTUAL, online placement is 11:59pm on August 29th. The last day take the IN-PERSON placement is Thursday, September 1 at 8am in BU 007. If you have any questions, please email math.placement@southernct.edu

To register for mathematics placement, click the button below. Note: you will need your Southern email address and password to register. If you have forgotten your Southern email address or password, or if you need help accessing your account, contact the IT help desk at (203) 392-5123.
   

Register For Mathematics Placement

Proficiency in a language other than English is required to graduate from Southern. World Language placement is required for all students who have had two or more years of high school world language unless you plan to transfer in AP credit or college credit earned during high school or unless you are fluent in a foreign language. You will have the opportunity to take the World Language placement as part of your first-year inquiry class in the fall.

You will have 90-minutes to complete an online placement assessment with only one opportunity to take it. You may not stop and come back to it; you must complete it in one sitting. All devices (computers, smartphones, and handhelds) and browsers (Firefox, Safari, Chrome, etc) are compatible with the placement. However, while you can use smartphones and handhelds, it is highly recommended that you use a computer.

 

Visit the placement assessment now using its respective links or QR codes.

Spanish Placement Assessment

Take Placement Assessment

QR code for Spanish Placement

French Placement Assessment

Take Placement Assessment

QR code for French Placement

Italian Placement Assessment

Take Placement Assessment

QR code for Italian Placement

German Placement Assessment

Take Placement Assessment

QR Code for German Placement
 
 
 

Results will be available immediately upon completion; an email with your results will be sent to both you and the WLL Department.

If you wish to take the Chinese placement assessment, please contact Dr. Rafael Hernandez hernandezr2@southernct.edu to schedule a time to take the paper version of our placement exam.