Math and English Placement

SVSU has a Basic Skills requirement for all students in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. After meeting the admission requirements through TOEFL score or ELP courses, undergraduate students must take tests in Reading, Writing and Math for placement purposes.

Reading

Reading proficiency is determined through the use of the Nelson-Denny reading test, which is a test of vocabulary and reading comprehension. Results will place you into one of four possible outcomes

  1. ENGL 082 + ENGL 103
  2. ENGL 103 ONLY
  3. ENGL 104 ONLY
  4. WAIVED reading requirements (no coursework)

Writing

Writing proficiency is based on a 40-minute writing sample, graded on the basis of content, organization, grammar and academic language use. Results will place you into one of four possible outcomes

  1. ELP 014A & B
  2. ENGL 080 + ENGL 111
  3. ENGL 111 ESL section
  4. ENGL 111

Mathematics

Mathematics proficiency is determined by a math test. Study materials are available for download at the Math Center site. Results will place you into one of four possible outcomes

  1. MATH 080
  2. MATH 081
  3. MATH 103
  4. Any course requiring MATH 103 as a pre-requisite

You may retake the Math Test by visiting the Math Center in SE 106. You may not retest in Reading or Writing.