Course Placement Information

At Winona State University, new students are placed in English, math and foreign languages course based on their prior coursework. It is best to start in courses that match your current skill levels to ensure academic success.

If you are not satisfied with your initial placement, you can try to develop your skills and achieve a higher placement. 

Course
ACT English
SAT English
Accuplacer Score
English 111
18 or higher
480 on ERW or higher
78 or higher on Reading Comprehension
English 099
17 or lower
Less than 480 on ERW
Less than 78 on Reading Comprehension

Course Placement Details

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
 ACT Math
Accuplacer
SAT Math
 MCA Score
Math 212
Calculus

26 or higher
76 or higher on Elementary Algebra

 
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
   

Course Placement Details

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.

If you start in language course above 101, you may qualify for retroactive credit for earlier language courses.

Accuplacer Testing Options

Interested in increasing your initial English or math course placement? Accuplacer English and math placement testing will be offered in the Darrell Krueger Library on the following dates.

  • Nov. 9, 2017 at 8am
  • Jan. 5, 2018 at 8am

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 who are unsatisfied with their placement and who have done additional preparation may re-test once.

If you have any questions, reach out to us by:

  • visiting the Warrior Success Center in Maxwell 314
  • calling 507.457.5878
  • e-mailing Tammy Auerbach at TAuerbach@winona.edu