Placement Guidelines in Mathematics, Reading and Writing

This document is a brief summary of the knowledge, skills and placement scores expected for admittance into college-level courses at Missouri State University-West Plains. For more information or questions, please contact advisement and academic coaching center for empowering student success (AACCESS) at (417) 255-7222.

Reading Course ACT COMPASS ACCUPLACER NextGen Accuplacer
ENG 101 Integrated Developmental Reading and Writing 0-17 0-80 0-84 0-255
No Reading Course Required 18 or higher 81 or higher 85 or higher 256 to 300

Students with an ACT Reading sub-score of 14 and below should complete the College Readiness math program to demonstrate competency in reading; contact the adult education and literacy center at (417) 255-7744 with any questions.

Indicators of College Readiness

College-Level Math Course at Missouri State University-West Plains:

Math 135 is entry-level College Algebra. A student prepared to succeed in MTH 135 College Algebra is able to:

  • Solve linear, absolute value, and quadratic equations and inequalities
  • Simplify exponential and radical expressions
  • Graph linear equations and inequalities
  • Find the equation of a line passing through two points
  • Perform arithmetic operations on polynomials and rational expressions, including factoring
  • Solve radical and rational equations
  • Use algebraic equations and functions to solve application problems

College-Level Writing Course at Missouri State University-West Plains:

English 110, Writing I, is the entry-level college composition course. It is a course in argumentation. A student prepared to succeed in ENG 110 is able to:

  • Apply prior experience with the writing process to writing situations
  • Critically read and evaluate material from many sources
  • Develop an essay that meets the needs of the target audience and achieves the intended purpose
  • Summarize and paraphrase appropriately
  • Recognize plagiarism and how to avoid it
  • Possess basic research skills
  • Locate and evaluate appropriate source materials for a college essay
  • Possess a basic understanding of the need to document sources
  • Control surface features such as syntax, grammar, punctuation and spelling.

College-Level Reading Expectations at Missouri State University-West Plains:

  • Critically read primary source documents
  • Summarize and/or paraphrase various academic readings
  • Draw conclusions and make inferences from printed graphic material and materials found on the Web
  • Use context clues or appropriate tools (i.e., glossary, dictionary, thesaurus, English language translation dictionaries) to determine meaning of unfamiliar terms