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Placement Policy

In order to ensure student success, all students entering Concordia for the first time who do not have transfer credits for college level English or math, will be placed in courses based on the English (reading & writing) and math portions of the SAT or ACT. Concordia also accepts TSI and ALEKS scores for math placement.

If you have any questions, please contact your admissions counselor or the Office of Admissions at 512-313-4CTX or admissions@concordia.edu.

  • Placement Policy for Math

    All students entering Concordia for the first time that do not have transfer credit for college level math will be placed in courses based on math SAT, ACT, or TSI scores. The score that places them in the highest level will be used. If a student does not have math test scores or wants to improve their placement, they must take the ALEKS assessment for placement.

    Highest Score
    Placement Level Course Options
    • SAT Math: < 470
    • ACT Math: < 18
    • ALEKS: 0-29
    • TSI: < 335
    Lower Developmental Math
    • MTH 0313 - Fundamentals of Math, OR
    • MTH 0220 – Developmental Quant. Lit. and MTH 1323 Based on the major/degree
    • SAT Math: 470-510
    • ACT Math: 18-21
    • ALEKS: 30-45
    • TSI: 335-349
    Upper Developmental Math
    • MTH 0320 - Intermediate Algebra, OR
    • MTH 1323 Quantitative Literacy Based on the major/degree
    • SAT Math: 520-590
    • ACT Math: 22-24
    • ALEKS: 46-60
    • TSI: ≥ 350
    Lower College Level Math College Level Math. Based on the student’s major/degree audit. See DegreeWorks.
    • SAT Math: ≥ 600
    • ACT Math: ≥ 25
    • ALEKS: 61 or greater
    Upper College Level Math College Level Math. Based on the student’s major/degree audit. See DegreeWorks.

     

    There are three developmental math courses at Concordia, and they are MTH 0220 Developmental Quantitative Literacy, MTH 0313 Fundamentals of Math, and MTH 0320 Intermediate Algebra. Students register for two to three hours of credit for these courses, but do not receive college level credit (this is designated by the 0 in the course number e.g., MTH 0313); therefore, there is no impact to the GPA. Grades for these courses are CR (credit) or NC (no credit). Financial Aid counts these credit hours towards the total required for scholarships, grants, etc.

  • Placement Policy for English

    All students entering Concordia for the first time who do not have transfer credit for college level English will be placed in courses based on Reading/Writing SAT scores or Reading/English ACT scores. The score that places them in the highest level will be used. If a student does not have ACT or SAT scores, they are not assigned a placement level.

    Highest Score Placement Level Course Options
    • SAT Reading OR Writing: ≤ 420
    • ACT Reading OR English: ≤ 16
    • Accuplacer Sentence Skills AND Reading Comprehension: ≤ 55
    Developmental English

    Enroll in ENG 1316 unless college level credit equivalent has been earned.

    • SAT Reading OR Writing: 430-490
    • ACT Reading OR English: 17-20
    • Accuplacer Sentence Skills AND Reading Comprehension: 56-79
    Developmental English Plus Enroll in ENG 1316 unless college level credit equivalent has been earned.
    • SAT Reading OR Writing: ≥ 500
    • ACT Reading OR English: ≥ 21
    • Accuplacer Sentence Skills AND Reading Comprehension: ≥ 80
    College Level English Enroll in ENG 1316 unless college level credit equivalent has been earned.