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Placement Exams

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Policy

Placement Exams

Placement Exams

If you are a new first-year or transfer student with no college-level English or mathematics courses, you may need to take a placement exam prior to enrolling in your first English or mathematics course.

We describe these placement requirements in the following sections.

English Composition Placement

In order to enroll in an English course that satisfies Northern Arizona University’s undergraduate composition requirement, you must have the appropriate English placement.

You can establish your English placement by:

  • Earning a “C” or better in an approved college or university English transfer course, or
  • Scoring sufficiently on one of the following exams:
    • ACT
    • SAT
    • Advanced Placement (AP)
    • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
    • International Baccalaureate (IB)
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • TOEFL
    • NAU’s Program in Intensive English (PIE), or

Taking the ACCUPLACER exam offered through the W.A. Franke College of Business Testing Center

Eligible to Enroll in: PLACEMENT TESTS (Components/Score)
ENG 105 Completed

 

PLACE (ENGL/60)

ENG 205*

ACENG (WRPLC/8)

ACT (ENGL/30-36)**

AP (ENGLN/4)

AP (ENGLT/4)

IB (ENGA/4)

PLACE (ENGL/40-50)

SATI (VERB/700-800)**

ACENG (WRPLC/10-12) (test taken before Summer 2009)***

ENG 105

ACENG (WRPLC/4-7)

ACT (ENGL/17-29)

AP (ENGLN/3)

AP (ENGLT/3)

IELTS (COMP/6-9)

PIE (TOTAL/70-120)

PLACE (ENGL/30)

SATI (VERB/340-690)

TOEFL (TOTCB/193-300)

TOEFL (TOTIB/70-120)

TOEFL (TOBPB/525-677)

ACENG (WRPLC/6-9) (test taken before Summer 2009)***

ENG 107

(Students at this placement level can only enroll in ENG 105 if they take ENG 107 in the same term.)

ACENG (READ/1-120)

ACENG (SNTC/1-120)

ACENG (WRPLC/1-3)

ACT (ENGL/1-16)

PLACE (ENGL/10-20)

SATI (VERB/200-330)

ACENG (WRPLC/1-5) (test taken before Summer 2009)***

*Tests taken with qualifying scores in this row will result in an additional 2 units of English credit. The additional 2 units received for completing these tests will be applied to the student's record as a separate course (ENGCRD 2).

** High range ACT and SAT scores will allow NAU students to enroll in ENG 205 beginning Summer 2010.  For all students who are admitted to NAU in Summer 2010 or later, these high range ACT and SAT scores also will result in an additional 2 units applied to the student’s record as a separate course (ENGCRD 2)

***The ACENG (WRPLC) exam was rescaled as of Summer 2009.  Scores from the test taken before Summer 2009 may still be used for placement, however.

PLACE/ENG scores are used to manually override student placement under specific circumstances. PLACE/ENG scores are awarded at the discretion of the English department.

Transfer Students

Students who transfer to Northern Arizona University who have completed English 101 and 102, or their equivalent, have satisfied the composition requirement.

These courses must be listed as equivalent within the Arizona state higher education system. If the courses are taken at a private institution or outside of Arizona, an English Composition Substitution Request may be required.

Students who transfer to Northern Arizona University who have completed English 105 at Arizona State University will need to take English 205 at Northern Arizona University.

Northern Arizona University students who complete English 105 and then transfer to the University of Arizona or Arizona State University will be required to take English 102 to complete their composition requirement.

Northern Arizona University students who complete English 105 and English 205 satisfy the composition requirements of the University of Arizona and Arizona State University.

For more information, please visit the University Writing Program website.

Mathematics Placement

In order to enroll in any mathematics or statistics course at Northern Arizona University, you must have the appropriate mathematics placement.

You can establish your mathematics placement by:

  • Earning a "C" or better in an approved college or university mathematics or statistics transfer course, or
  • Scoring sufficiently on the Advanced Placement (AP), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), or International Baccalaureate (IB) exam; or
  • Taking the NAU ALEKS Mathematics Placement Test.

For questions regarding transfer course equivalence, please contact your advisor.

The NAU ALEKS Mathematics Placement Test is designed to accurately measure students’ mathematics knowledge, and will indicate a specific mathematics placement for each student. It can place students into the following courses: MAT 100, 108, 114, 150, 119, 125, 131, 136, 226, or STA 270. Students whose score is not high enough for placement into their desired mathematics or statistics course are encouraged to study and review on their own, or with a tutor, or to use the ALEKS Learning Module before testing again.

Most students who are admitted to NAU for Fall 2010 and later will need to take the NAU ALEKS Mathematics Placement Test in order to establish their mathematics placement.

Students who were enrolled at NAU prior to Fall 2010 will be allowed to use their prior mathematics placement scores (pre-dating the NAU ALEKS exam) until Fall 2013. Beginning with the Fall 2013 term, these students must take the NAU ALEKS Mathematics Placement Test to re-establish their mathematics placement if they have not yet completed the foundation mathematics requirements for their degree programs.

 

To Take This COURSE:requires a grade of C or better in this PREREQUISITE*or requires one of these PLACEMENT TESTS (Components/Scores):
MAT 226 MAT 125

ALEKSMATH (MATHC/65+)
PEAKEXAM (PK03/70+)
PLACE (MATH/70)
ALEKSMATHA (MATHA/65+)***

MAT 136 MAT 125

ALEKSMATH (MATHC/65+)
PEAKEXAM (PK03/70+)
PLACE (MATH/70)
ALEKSMATHA (MATHA/65+)***

MAT 131 MAT 108, MAT 110**, or MAT 119 ALEKSMATH (MATHC/60+)
PLACE (MATH/65)
ALEKSMATHA (MATHA/60+)***
MAT 125 MAT 108 or MAT 110**

ALEKSMATH (MATHC/50+)
PEAKEXAM (PK02/70+)
PLACE (MATH/55)
ALEKSMATHA (MATHA/50+)***

MAT 119 MAT 114

ALEKSMATH (MATHC/50+)
PEAKEXAM (PK02/70+)
PLACE (MATH/55)
ALEKSMATHA (MATHA/50+)***

STA 270

MAT 108, MAT 114
or
MAT 100 (grade of P; taken Fall 2013 or later)

or

MAT 100 and passing score on Mathematics Advancement Exam (if MAT 100 taken before Fall 2013)
or

MAT 102X**

ALEKSMATH (MATHC/40+)
MATHADVEXAM (ADVT/2)
PEAKEXAM (PK01/70+)
PLACE (MATH/46)
ALEKSMATHA (MATHA/40+)***

MAT 150

MAT 100 (grade of P; taken Fall 2013 or later)

or

MAT 100 and passing score on Mathematics Advancement Exam (if MAT 100 taken before Fall 2013)
or

MAT 102X**

ALEKSMATH (MATHC/30+)
MATHADVEXAM (ADVT/2)
PEAKEXAM (PK01/70+)
PLACE (MATH/43)
ALEKSMATHA (MATHA/30+)***

MAT 114

MAT 100 (grade of P; taken Fall 2013 or later)

or

MAT 100 and passing score on Mathematics Advancement Exam (if MAT 100 taken before Fall 2013)

or

MAT 102X**

ALEKSMATH (MATHC/30+)
MATHADVEXAM (ADVT/2)
PEAKEXAM (PK01/70+)
PLACE (MATH/43)
ALEKSMATHA (MATHA/30+)***

MAT 108

MAT 100 grade of P; taken Fall 2013 or later)

or

MAT 100 and passing score on Mathematics Advancement Exam (if MAT 100 taken before Fall 2013)
or

MAT 102X**

ALEKSMATH (MATHC/30+)
MATHADVEXAM (ADVT/2)
PEAKEXAM (PK01/70+)
PLACE (MATH/43)
ALEKSMATHA (MATHA/30+)***

MAT 100 Placement Score Only
or
MAT 101X**
ALEKSMATH (MATHC/1-29)
PLACE (MATH/30 or lower)
ALEKSMATHA (MATHA/1-29)***
ALEKSMATHB (MATHB/1-100)***

*or equivalent transfer or test (AP, CLEP, IB) credit

**MAT 101X Beginning Algebra, MAT 102X Intermediate Algebra, and MAT 110 College Algebra are no longer offered at NAU. They are included here to assist students who may have taken these courses at NAU before they expired or who have transferred equivalent coursework to NAU.

***The ALEKSMATHA and ALEKSMATHB tests are no longer offered but scores from these tests taken before Spring 2011 may still be used for placement. Students with ALEKSMATHA (MATHA) and/or ALEKSMATHB (MATHB) scores are not required to take the new test, ALEKSMATH (MATHC).

ALEKSMATH (MATHC) is the mathematics placement test that is currently being offered. The Mathematics Advancement Exam (MATHADVEXAM) is used to place students who completed MAT 100 prior to Fall 2013.

PLACE (MATH) scores are used to manually override student placement under specific circumstances. PLACE (MATH) scores are awarded at the discretion of the Mathematics and Statistics department.

For more information, please visit the Mathematics Placement Website.

Departmental Placement

When you begin your undergraduate work, your college or department may also require that you take a placement or proficiency exam covering introductory or basic areas in its academic discipline to determine the course level at which you will be permitted to enroll. No credit is awarded for your performance on these placement exams.

Your college or department decides how to determine placement levels for its courses. Its exams may include:

  • nationally normed standardized exams, such as ACT or SAT,
  • exams designed and graded by the individual college or department,
  • prior course work, or
  • combinations of these three.

You may be charged a nominal fee to cover the cost of producing the placement exam.

In some departments, you may be permitted to use supplemental exams to challenge the placement level initially assigned to you. There is a charge for such challenges. (See Transfer and Test Credits).