Placement Policy

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.

 

In order to ensure student success at Concordia University Texas, we use a freshman's ACT or SAT score to place them in the correct level Math and English courses.  Below, please find the placement exam policy, as well as study tips and practice questions.  If a student wishes to challenge his/her placement on a particular portion of the test, or does not have ACT or SAT scores, it is University policy that the student take the corresponding Accuplacer Test.

 

If you have any questions or would like to take the Accuplacer for placement, please contact your admissions counselor.  If you are not sure who your admissions counselor is, please contact the Assistant Director of Traditional Admissions, KC Pospisil at KC.Pospisil@concordia.edu or 512-313-4602.

 

 

Concordia Placement Policy for Math and English


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 must take the Accuplacer for placement. Students who place into ENG 0201* may take the Accuplacer if they want to try to place directly into ENG 1316.

 

Students will be placed into courses according to the following criteria:

 

If student's highest score in ANY of the Reading, Writing or English testing categories is:

Then his/her English placement level is:

And therefore the student:

  • Below 400 SAT Reading or Writing
  • Below 13 ACT Reading or English
Lower
Developmental English
Must enroll in ENG 0201*
Co-enrolling in ENG 1316 is NOT recommended; students should enroll in an alternative companion course
  • 410-450 SAT Reading or Writing
  • 14-17 ACT Reading or English
  • Below 79 Accuplacer Sentence Skills or Reading Comprehension
Middle Developmental English Must enroll in ENG 0201*
Student may co-enroll in any companion course
  • 460-470 SAT Reading or Writing
  • 18-20 ACT Reading or English
Upper Developmental English Must enroll in ENG 0201*
Co-enrolling in ENG 1316 is required
  • 480-500 SAT Reading or Writing
  • 21-22 ACT Reading or English
Lower College
Level English
Enroll in ENG 1316
Co-enrolling in ENG 1316 is recommended, but not required
  • 510+ SAT Reading or Writing
  • 23+ ACT Reading or English
  • 80+ Accuplacer Sentence Skills & Reading Comprehension
College Level English Enroll in ENG 1316

 

*Students placing into ENG 0201: Developmental Writing Workshop MUST also enroll in one of the following companion courses:

ENG 1316: Academic Research & Writing

PSY 1311: Introduction to Psychology

POLS 1303: American Government & Citizenship

HIS 1301: US History to 1877

HIS 1302: US History from 1877

 

*ENG 0201 enhances literacy skills by providing an “editing lab” for any writing-intensive class in any academic discipline. Coursework draws heavily on instructor-guided peer editing, supplemented by a close reading of thought-provoking texts, and presentations on mastering standard American grammar and usage. Assessments will include a writing portfolio and a final exam that covers editing skills and reading comprehension. The course does not fulfill Common Experience requirements. For students who simultaneously take (co-enroll in) ENG 0201 and ENG 1316, the final course score achieved in ENG 0201 will account for 30% of the ENG 1316 final course grade, in addition to the P/F recorded for ENG 0201. For all other students, the course is offered solely on a pass/fail basis.

 

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 or ACT scores. The score that palces them in the highest level will be used. if a student does not have ACT or SAT scores, they must take the Accuplacer for placement. Students may challenge their placement in a math class by taking the Accuplacer.

 

If student's Math score is:

Then:

  • Below 470 SAT
  • Below 18 ACT
  • Below 63 Accuplacer College Level Math Portion & Below
    67 Accuplacer Elementary Algebra Portion
Must enroll in MTH 0313: Fundamentals of Math
  • 470-510 SAT
  • 18-21 ACT
  • Below 63 Accuplacer College level Math Portion & 67+ Accuplacer Elementary Algebra Portion
Must enroll in MTH 0302: Intermediate Algebra
  • 520-590 SAT
  • 22-24 ACT
  • 63-101 Accuplacer College Level Math
Must enroll in Lower College
Entry Level Math
  • 600+ SAT
  • 25+ ACT
  • 102+ Accuplacer College Level Math
Must enroll in Upper College
Entry Level Math

 

 

Developmental Math Level Courses (do not count towards any CTX degree plan):

 

MTH 0313: Fundamentals of Math
  • Does not count towards your GPA
  • Offered on a Pass-Fail basis
  • Must pass course to continue at CTX
  • Allowed to repeat course once
MTH 0320: Intermediate Algebra
  • Does not count towards your GPA
  • Offered on a Pass-Fail basis
  • Must be taken the semester immediately after
    MTH 0313 is completed
  • Must pass course to register for college-level math

 

Lower College Entry Level
  • MTH 1331 Finite Math (For Business students.) MTH 1351 College Algebra (For Science students)
  • MTH 1332 Applied Calculus (required for Business students; only offered in spring semester)
  • MTH 1351 College Algebra
  • MTH 1352 Pre-calculus (required for Science students; only offered in spring semester)
  • MTH 2301 Introduction to Statistics (for Pre-Nursing students; an additional Level 2 course required for Business & most Kinesiology students)
Upper College Entry Level
  • MTH 2401 Calculus I (required for Science students; only offered in fall semester)

 

Re-testing policy: A student is allowed to take each section of the Accuplacer a total of two (2) times for a given semester. There must be 24 hours between tests. If the student fails the test twice, they are allowed to take the test one (1) final time for the following semester. In this case, there must be 30 days between the 2nd and 3rd tests. 

 

Why Study for Accuplacer?

 

 

Accuplacer Study Guides

How it works - http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/accuplacer/how-works.html

Tips for taking the Accuplacer - http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/accuplacer/accuplacer-tips.html

Sample Questions - http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/accuplacer-sample-questions-for-students.pdf

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The experiences I've had have pushed me to integrate my Christian beliefs into all aspects of my life. This integration has strengthened my faith and developed me into a Christian leader.

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Steven Dayton

Steven Dayton


Senior, Biology/Pre-Med

My hometown is Houston, Texas.
As if my academics don’t keep me busy enough, I thought I would fill my spare time with some extracurricular activities at CTX, including Resident Assistant, Academic Coach for Science and Math, and aspiring parish organist.
The highlight of my time at CTX was definitely presenting the results of our Senior Biological Research Project at a Texas Academy of Science Meeting!
I think CTX is unique because the interpersonal relationships that students form with professors. The faculty and staff genuinely care about you as a person.
The professor that impacted me the most was Dr. Stevenson (chemistry) because he has encouraged me to take ownership of my education and perform at my best.
My advice to incoming students is to be prepared to "hit the ground running" on your first day here.
The experiences that I have had in my classes have pushed me to integrate my Christian beliefs into all aspects of my life. This integration has strengthened my faith throughout my experience at Concordia and developed me into a Christian Leader.

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