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All new students are required to take a COMPASS placement test. Students may be exempt from COMPASS testing who have taken the ACT or SAT exam within three years of the date of acceptance with the following scores:

ACT
Reading Score =19
Math Score = 22
English Score = 20
SAT
Reading Score = 480
Math Score = 520
English Score = 440

Students may also be exempt from the writing portion of the COMPASS test who have scored a 3.5 or higher on the MUS writing assessment (MUSWA), a 7 or higher on the SAT Writing Essay, an 18 or higher on the combined English/Writing section of the ACT, or a 7 or higher on the Writing section of the ACT.

Students who have successfully completed college-level mathematics and writing courses at an accredited college or university do not need to take that portion of the compass placement test or provide test scores. All students must present reading test scores through Compass, ACT or SAT, unless the student has already been awarded a two- or four-year degree from an accredited college or university.

Assessment results will be used by academic advisors to place students into courses that are consistent with their skill level. COMPASS scores will be valid for one year from the date of the original assessment, and students are permitted no more than two retests per discipline each semester.

Students who do not meet the requirements for exemption, which prove their readiness for college level work, are required to take the recommended courses in their first semester. Many college courses have pre-requisites of a basic aptitude in reading and writing before a student may enroll in that course. Therefore, a student who does not complete his/her required developmental reading, writing or math coursework during their first semester may jeopardize their ability to carry a full load of classes by their second semester and graduate within a two-year period.

 
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