Reading Placement

Reading Placement

Your reading placement is based on a combination of ACT-Reading or SAT-Verbal scores and high school GPA.  Placement will be at one of the following levels:

  • Required to take LS 1040, Effective College Reading, in the fall semester
  • Required to either
    • attend a series of five free 1-hour reading skills seminarsimage: link-offsite in the fall semester, and then take and pass the Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) test.  A score of 60 correct out of 70 on the DRP test will exempt you from having to take the LS 1040 class, or
    • take LS 1040 in the spring semester
  • Exempt from LS 1040

You will have an opportunity to test out of LS 1040 during the week before classes start and the first week of classes (see Effective Reading Seminarsimage: link-offsite and College Success Seminarsimage: link-offsite for more information).

Follow the table below to determine your placement.  Intellectual skills courses are shaded.

HS GPA

ACT-Reading or SAT-Verbal Score

ACT 16 or less
SAT 370 or less

ACT 17-18
SAT 371-440

ACT 19+
SAT 441+

3.30 and above

Exempt

Exempt

Exempt

3.00-3.29

LS 1040 Spring

2.50-2.99

LS 1040 Fall

LS 1040 Spring

2.49 or less

LS 1040 Fall

 

 

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