Course Placement Information

It is important to your academic success to start in the courses best suited to your current skill levels. Please review the following information to learn how Winona State places students in English, math, and foreign language courses. If you are not satisfied with your initial placement, we offer additional options to develop your skills and achieve a higher placement.

Course Placement  ACT English SAT English Accuplacer Score
English 111 College Reading and Writing 18 or higher 480 on ERW or higher 78 or higher on Reading Comprehension
ENG 099 Introduction to College Writing* 17 or lower Less than 480 on ERW Less than 78 on Reading Comprehension
  •  * English 099 is a developmental, non-degree credit course. It is a prerequisite for English 111 for students who do not meet the placement criteria for that class.
  • Students with previously earned credit in college English may enroll in the next appropriate course regardless of ACT or test scores. Students who are not satisfied with their English placement may take the Accuplacer exam to attempt to improve their English placement level.

Course Placement

ACT Math
 
Accuplacer Score 

SAT Math            
 

MCA Score           
Math 212 Calculus 26 or higher 76 or higher on Elementary Algebra & 70 or higher on CLM    
Math 120 Precalculus 


Math 140 Applied Calculus 

24 or higher

76 or higher on Elementary Algebra & 60 or higher on CLM

   
Math 115
College Algebra
Math 112
Applied Precalculus 

Math 117 Precalculus with Modeling

22 or higher

76 or higher on Elementary Algebra & 50 or higher on CLM

530 or higher 1158 or higher
Math 110 Finite Mathematics 

Math 202 Elements of Math

18 or higher

76 or higher on Elementary Algebra

   
Math 100 Survey of Mathematics  18 or higher

50 or higher on Elementary Algebra

  1150 or higher
Stats 110 
Fundamentals of Statistics
18 or higher

50 or higher on Elementary Algebra

  1148 or higher 
Stats 100 Numbers & Data in Society 17 or lower Less than 50 on Elementary Algebra     
Math 050 Intermediate Algebra* 17 or lower Less than 50 on Elementary Algebra    

CLM=College Level Math

  • *Math 050 is developmental, non-degree credit course. It is a prerequisite for Math 112, 115, and/or 117 for those students who need these courses but do not meet their placement criteria. 
  • Students placed into Math 050 may register for the ALEKS Preparation and Learning Program as an alternative to taking a developmental course.
  • Students with previously earned credit in college math may enroll in the next appropriate course regardless of ACT or test scores.

Students with prior language coursework or skills are encouraged to take the brief Foreign Language Placement Assessment. This self-test is free and will match you to the right initial course, based on your current level of language proficiency. Start in a language course above 101 and you may qualify for retroactive credit for earlier language courses. 

Accuplacer Testing Options

Interested in increasing your initial English or math course placement? Try Accuplacer! Accuplacer English and math placement testing will be offered in the Darrell Krueger Library on the following dates and is also available by appointment at the Warrior Success Center.
    • August 15, 2017 - 8am
    • August 16, 2017 - 3pm
No appointments are needed for the scheduled placement test dates. If you would like to set up testing for another time, please call 507.457.5878 or go online to make an appointment. Students must bring a photo ID to the testing site. To prepare for your test, take time to review the sample questions (PDF) for students and practice with the free Accuplacer study app.

Students not satisfied with their placement and who have done additional preparation may re-test once. If you have any questions you may visit the Warrior Success Center in Maxwell 314, call 507.457.5878, or e-mail JBellman@winona.edu.