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Frequently Asked Questions

What determines my need for placement exams? Are there exemptions?

Your SAT, ACT, AP tests and college credits are all reviewed to determine whether or not you need placement exams. Students who do not meet the exemptions listed below are required to take placement exams. 

English:

    • Course credit for ENG 1301 
    • 4 or higher on the AP English exam
    • 480 or higher on SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (SAT test administered before March 2016 is not accepted for placement purposes)
    • 23 or higher on the ACT composite AND a minimum of 19 or higher on English test 

Math:

    • Course credit for MAT 1302 or another college-level math course
    • 3 or higher on AP Calculus AB Test or 4 or higher on AP Calculus Test
    • 530 or higher on the SAT math section (SAT test administered before March 2016 is not accepted for placement purposes)
    • 23 or higher on the ACT composite AND a minimum of 19 or higher on math test
    • 28 or higher on the ACT math section or 600 on the SAT math section will qualify you to take a paper-based pre-calculus test scored by the TXWES math department

Reading:

    • 480 or higher on SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (SAT test administered before March 2016 are not accepted for placement purposes)
    • 23 or higher on the ACT composite AND a minimum of 19 or higher on Reading test
    • 30 or more transfer credit hours

Think you might be exempt? Provide evidence to the Office of Admission or Academic Placement Testing before orientation.

What test does Texas Wesleyan administer?

Texas Wesleyan uses the Accuplacer, Webcape and specialized departmental exams for placement testing. The Accuplacer and Webcape are computer-based tests that assess your knowledge and abilities in English (Writing), Math, Reading Comprehension and Spanish.

Can TSI exempt me from placement exams at Texas Wesleyan?

Students who present TSI Test Scores may be exempt from taking the Accuplacer for initial course placement. College Board concordance tables are used to compare scores on the redesigned SAT with those that predate it. Students who obtain at least the following TSI scores will be exempt from enrolling in Developmental courses:

  • Mathematics - 369
  • Reading - 359
  • Writing –
    • Placement score of at least 350 and an essay score of at least a 5; OR
    • Placement score of at least 363 and an essay score of 4; OR
    • Placement score of less than 350, and an ABE Diagnostic level of at least a 4, and an essay score of at least a 5.
Does Wesleyan accept the THEA, Compass or other placement tests in place of the Accuplacer?

Wesleyan does not accept the THEA, Compass or other placement tests in place of the Accuplacer. Wesleyan requires specific sections of the Accuplacer, so please contact Academic Placement Testing prior to testing at any alternate locations.

How long does the test take?

Test times vary for each student and depend on the number of tests taken. There are no time limits for each Accuplacer section, however, each test session is limited to three hours. If you do not finish testing in 3 hours, you will be asked to return to complete your tests at another time. Students who need multiple sections are not required to complete all sections in one testing session.  

Please note that testing typically starts 15-20 minutes after the posted exam time. The first 15-20 minutes are dedicated to addressing testing questions, check-in and testing instructions. If you are under strict time constraints, or have prior commitments that may limit your time to test, we strongly encourage you to reschedule. 

Can I test at any time?

Testing sessions are offered daily. Although advanced registration for these sessions is highly encouraged, individual arrangements can be made.

What if I score below the minimum requirements?

If you do not meet the minimum score requirements, you will be placed in developmental courses. Developmental courses:

  • Count towards Financial Aid purposes
  • Do not count towards hours needed for graduation
  • Are calculated into a student's overall GPA
  • Do not transfer to or from other colleges or universities
Where is the test located?

During the university's COVID-19 closure, all placement tests will be completed online with the use of virtual proctoring software. For more details, contact Richard Jolivette.

Can I test at another location?

If you think you need to take your test in another location, please contact our testing coordinator at testing@txwes.edu.

Testing Policies

During the university's COVID-19 closure, placement testing will be given using virtual proctoring software. A photo ID is required before taking the exam.

Students must adhere to the following policies while testing:

  • Cell phones must be silenced or powered off and not visible during testing.
  • Outside sources may not be used during the test. Outside sources include any notes, books, websites, search engines and Microsoft Word. The only outside program allowed is Notepad.
  • No talking during the test.
  • No external calculators. An on-screen calculator is provided during the Math section of the Accuplacer.
  • You must know your Wesleyan ID number or the last 6 digits of your social security number.
  • You must bring a photo ID to test.
What do the Accuplacer scores mean?

COVID-19: In-house Math Placement Test

During the university's COVID-19 closure, students who need only the math portion of the placement test will take an in-house placement test proctored virtually by our testing coordinator. Students who score a 5 or below will be placed into MAT0300 (developmental course). Students who score between 6-10 will be placed into MAT0301 (developmental course). Students who score 11 and above will be college-ready and can take MAT1302 or MAT1304 depending on the requirements of their major.

Writing

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 250 on the Sentence Skills exam. Students who score lower than the standard are placed in ENG 0300 or WRT 0311 for Non-native speakers of English.

Restricted classes if minimum passing score is not met: ENG 1301 or any course in which ENG 1301 is a prerequisite.

Reading

Passing Scores - 253 and above on the Reading Comprehension exam. Students who score lower than the standard are placed in RDG 0301 or RDG 0311 for Non-native speakers of English.

Restricted classes if minimum passing score is not met: BIO 1321/1121, HIS 2301, HIS 2303, HIS 2321, HIS 2322, PSY 1301, and POL 2311.

Math

Passing Scores - 245 and above on the Advanced Algebra exam. Restricted classes if minimum passing score is not met: MAT 1302 (college algebra) or any course in which MAT 1302 is a prerequisite.

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