The Developmental Program at Texas Wesleyan offers courses in English, math and reading. These courses are designed to give students a better foundation and help them be more successful in their college level courses.
The purpose of the Texas Wesleyan Developmental Program is to provide an opportunity for students with assessed deficiencies in reading, mathematics, and English to receive appropriate developmental education in order to perform satisfactorily in college-level caoursework.
The developmental courses do count towards hours for Financial Aid purposes, but do not count towards hours needed for graduation. Developmental courses do figure into a student's overall GPA.
ENG 0300 - Composition and Grammar
Prerequisite: As indicated by the Texas Wesleyan University English Placement Exam
Designed to prepare students for ENG 1301, this course addresses grammar, punctuation rules, and essay writing. Only students who have a 70 or better in course work will be eligible to take the final exam; those students not eligible will earn a grade of "F" in ENG 0300 and must retake the course at Texas Wesleyan. Students earning a 70 or better in course work, including the final essay, will receive the earned grade, and must enroll in ENG 1301.
MAT 0300 - Beginning Algebra
Prerequisite: As indicated by the Texas Wesleyan University Mathematics Placement Exam
Designed to assist students in preparing for Intermediate or College Algebra. Placement in this class is determined by performance on the Mathematics Placement Test. Operations with signed numbers and fractions and the following topics from beginning algebra will be covered: basic set concepts, the four operations with simple polynomials, exponents, roots, radicals, factoring basic polynomials, and solving simple equations and inequalities. Course grade will be "A, B, C, or F." Students who do not earn a grade of 70 or better will earn a grade of "F" in MAT 0300 and must retake the course at Texas Wesleyan. Students who pass with a grade of 70 or better will receive the "A, B, or C" grade and must enroll in MAT 0301. Students are required to attend and participate in class or they will be withdrawn from the course.
MAT 0301 - Intermediate Algebra
Prerequisite: As indicated by the Texas Wesleyan University Mathematics Placement Exam or satisfactory completion of MAT 0300
Fundamental operations, solution of linear equations, products and factoring, functions and graphs, ratio and proportion, exponents and radicals, quadratic equations, and simultaneous equations. Preparatory course for college level mathematics. Course grade will be "A, B, C, or F." Students who do not earn a grade of 70 or better will earn a grade of "F" in MAT 0301 and must retake the course at Texas Wesleyan. Students who pass with a grade of 70 or better will receive the "A, B, or C" grade and must enroll in MAT 1302 or 1304. Students are required to attend and participate in class or they will be withdrawn from the course.
RDG 0301 - Reading Techniques I
Prerequisite: As indicated by the Texas Wesleyan University Reading Placement Exam
Improvement of basic reading skills through individualized development of comprehension, vocabulary, study skills, critical reasoning, and relationships among ideas in written material. Placement based on reading exam. Students enrolled in this course must demonstrate learned proficiency receiving a grade of "C" or higher in the course and by passing an exit exam. Students unable to demonstrate proficiency are required to enroll in RDG 0302 the following semester. Students who place into RDG 0301 are unable to enroll in the following courses: BIO 1321/1121, HIS 2301, HIS 2303, HIS 2321, HIS 2322, PSY 1301, and POL 2311.
What test does Texas Wesleyan Use?
Texas Wesleyan uses Accuplacer for placement testing.
What are Placement Tests?
The Accuplacer is a computer-based test that is administered to students to measure the student’s skill in math, English, and reading. The score on the Accuplacer placement test ensures that the student is "placed" in the course which is most appropriate to his/her needs and readiness to succeed in college-level courses.
When can I take the Placement Tests? How long do the tests take?
The Placement Tests may be taken anytime prior to registration. Designated testing days and times are available the week before orientations and registrations, or students may take their tests by appointment. Students should allow 1 to 2 hours per test.
How long does it take to get the results?
Each test is computer scored – results are immediate.
If I don’t do well on a test, may I retake it?
Yes, you may retake any part of the Accuplacer but there will be a $5 fee for each part you retake.
What do the Accuplacer scores mean?
English: Passing Scores Either a score of 6, 7 or 8 on the essay portion of the exam or a score of 5 on the essay and a minimum score of 80 on the sentence skills. Students who score lower than this standard are placed in ENG 0300. Restricted class: ENG 1301 Developmental Coursework: ENG 0300
Reading: Passing Scores 78 or above Restricted classes: BIO 1321/1121, HIS 2301, HIS 2303, HIS 2321, HIS 2322, PSY 1301, and POL 2311 Developmental Coursework: RDG 0301, RDG 0302
Math: Passing Scores 64 and above on College Level Math Restricted class: MAT 1302 (college algebra) Developmental Coursework: MAT 0300, MAT 0301
Students can either retest for a fee of $5 or take the developmental classes to prove readiness for college-level classes.
Although these developmental courses are considered "non-credit," they constitute a semester-hour course load, and they do figure into your GPA.