Academic Placement for New First-Year Students

At Southern, our First Year Advising team will 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 receive a course schedule for the Fall semester. Before taking the English or Mathematics placement assessments, please click on the links below to determine whether you want to use your standardized test scores or high school record for placement. Students who have been placed by one of these methods may take placement assessments to try to place at a higher level.

Most 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.

Please be aware of the following deadlines:

  • If you plan to attend NSO in June, you must complete both English and Mathematics placement by May 15.
  • If you plan to attend NSO in July, you must complete both English and Mathematics placement by June 15.
  • If you do not complete placement prior to NSO, you must complete both English and Mathematics placement by July 15 in order to be enrolled into Fall courses.

Placement via SAT or ACT scores

SAT or ACT scores are one way advisors determine course placement. If you have already taken the SAT or ACT, please send us your scores (including subscores). Send scores to admissions@southernct.edu, or fax to (203) 392-5727 no later than May 15.  

View Placement Scores

You may check your placement by following the instructions.

  1. Login into BannerWeb.
  2. Enter user ID (student ID number) and your PIN.
  3. Click on Student Services.
  4. Click on View Placement Test Scores.
  5. Scores will be listed for each exam.
     

    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 3.5 or higher;
    • AP English score of 4 or 5;
    • College composition courses taken during high school with credit on official transcripts.

     

    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 3.50 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.

       

    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 3.50 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 3.50 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 3.50 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 college preparatory mathematics course taken 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).

     

    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

    The online placement should be completed prior to attending Orientation only if you would like to take a language course during your first semester. 
      

    Proficiency in a language other than English is required to graduate from Southern. The 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 the placement 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.

    When you’re ready to take the placement make sure you have your Southern email address (i.e. acad1@owls.southernct.edu) and student ID number (8 digit number that begins with a 7) in front of you before beginning it. Simply click on the language you wish to take and begin.

    Click on the link of the language you wish to take for placement and remember it begins as soon as you click on it .

    • French Survey 
    • German Survey
    • Italian Survey
    • Spanish Survey
    • Chinese Survey (Note: We do not offer an online placement for Chinese. Please contact Jessica Reynolds at reynoldsj20@southernct.edu to schedule a time to take the paper version of our placement exam.)