Placement Testing for Students

All entering students are assessed through a 3-level screening guideline process.

  • Screening Level 1: ACT Placement

All students who have taken the ACT within the last 5 years must make sure their scores are on file with the Admissions Office (251-580-2111).

  • Screening Level 2: High School GPA and Grade Markers

Use if (a) students did not take the ACT test, (b) students’ ACT scores are over 5 years old, or (c) students’ scores do not meet guidelines. The students must make sure that the Admissions Office has their official high school transcript. Level 2 screening is based upon high school GPA and course of study.

  • Screening Level 3: Accuplacer

If students do not meet placement requirements pursuant to the new guidelines for Level 1 and Level 2 screenings, then they will need to schedule a date to take the ACCUPLACER test. There is no charge for the first time students take the ACCUPLACER test. However, there is a $25 re-test fee afterwards. Students may schedule a re-test date any time after 6 weeks following their original test. However, students are limited to take the test only twice during their tenure at Coastal Alabama. All placement test results are valid for five years from the original or re-test date.

 

English Placement Chart

Screening Level 1:

ACT English Score

Screening Level 2:

HS GPA and English Grade

Screening Level 3:

ACCUPLACER Writing

Score*

Placement

GPA/English Grade**

Placement

Score*

Placement

Below 17

See SCREENING LEVEL 2

Below 2.75 GPA

See SCREENING LEVEL 3

0 – 3

ENR 098

17

ENG 101C with ENG 099

2.75 or higher GPA and “C” in English IV

ENG101C with ENG 099

4

ENG 101C with ENG 099

18 or higher

ENG 101

2.75 or higher GPA and “A” or “B” in English IV

ENG 101

5

ENG 101

*Scores may be used for placement up to five (5) years from the date of the test.

**English grade and GPA may be used for placement up to five (5) years from the high school graduation date. 

Math Placement Chart

Screening Level 1: ACT Math Score

Screening Level 2:

HS GPA and Math Grade

Screening Level 3: ACCUPLACER

Score*

Placement

GPA/Math Grade**

Placement

Score*

Placement

Below 17

See SCREENING LEVEL 2

Below 2.75 GPA

See SCREENING LEVEL 3

QAS 200 – 242

MTH 098

17

MTH 100C & MTH 099

MTH 110S with support

2.75 or higher GPA and

“C” in Algebra II

MTH 100C & MTH 099

MTH 110S with support

QAS 243 – 252

MTH 100C & MTH 099

MTH 110S with support

 

18 – 19

MTH 100

MTH 110

MTH 112S with support

2.75 or higher GPA and “A” or “B” in Algebra II

MTH 100

MTH 110

MTH 112S with support

 

QAS 253 – 266

MTH 100

MTH 110

MTH 112S with support

 

HS Math Completed

Course Placement

QAS 267 – 300

MTH 110

MTH 112

20 or higher

Algebra I (HS1)

with an A, B, or C

MTH 100 – Intermediate College Algebra MTH 110 – Finite Math

 

Algebra II (HS2)

with an A, B, or C

MTH 100 – Intermediate College Algebra MTH 110 – Finite Math

MTH 112 – Precalculus Algebra

MTH 231 – Math for Elementary Ed Teacher I MTH 232 – Math for Elementary Ed Teacher II MTH 265 – Elementary Statistics

 

Precalculus (HS3)

with an A, B, or C or

Calculus (HS4)

with an A, B, or C

MTH 100 – Intermediate College Algebra MTH 110 – Finite Math

MTH 112 – Precalculus Algebra

MTH 113 – Precalculus Trigonometry

MTH 115 – Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry MTH 120* – Calculus and Its Applications

MTH 125* – Calculus I

MTH 231 – Math for Elementary Ed Teacher I MTH 232 – Math for Elementary Ed Teacher II MTH 265 – Elementary Statistics

Note:

MTH 116 (Mathematical Applications) is a Code C nontransferable course that has no pre-requisite or placement score requirements. This course is for technical programs only. Students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should not take this course.

*ACT math score of 25 or higher automatically places into MTH 120 or MTH 125.

Scores may be used for placement up to five (5) years from the date of the test. Math grade and GPA may be used for placement up to five (5) years from the high school graduation date.

MTH 116 does not count as a pre-requisite for MTH 100.