Course Placement Information
FOR INCOMING FALL 2020 STUDENTS
Course Placement Information (doc)
READING PLACEMENT Determined by the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Reading score |
SCORE RANGES |
READING COURSE PLACEMENT |
NGRDG = 236 or below |
CS 0409* REQUIRED ** |
NGRDG = 237 – 249 |
CS 0412* REQUIRED |
NGRDG = 250 – 262 |
NO READING COURSES REQUIRED (CS 1501 recommended) – (Three-credit-hour format – Elective Credit) |
NGRDG = 263 and above -or- SAT-ERW>= 510*** |
NO READING COURSES REQUIRED or RECOMMENDED |
*CS 0409 and CS 0412 are Developmental Reading courses that do not count towards graduation/college credit. |
WRITING PLACEMENT Determined by the ACCUPLACER WRITEPLACER Essay score |
SCORE RANGES |
WRITING COURSE PLACEMENT |
ESSAY = 0– 5 |
ENG 1025 REQUIRED* - Introduction to College Composition** |
ESSAY = 6 – 8 -or- SAT-ERW >= 510*** |
ENG 1030 REQUIRED - College Composition**** |
*Students scoring 0-5 on their Essay are required to take ENG 1025. |
MATH PLACEMENT Determined by the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER (QAS) Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics score and/or the (AAF) Advanced Algebra and Functions score (if administered) |
SCORE RANGES |
MATH COURSE PLACEMENT |
QAS = 200 - 229 |
MATH 0901 REQUIRED |
QAS = 230 –244 |
MATH 1016 or MATH 1010 with co-requisite MATH 0902* (for majors not requiring MATH 1000 or MATH 1054) or MATH 0901 with co-requisite MATH 1000 (for majors that require MATH 1054) |
QAS = 245 - 265 -or- SAT - M >= 510** |
MATH 1000 or MATH 1016 or MATH 1010 or MATH 1030 or MATH 1044 |
QAS = 266 - 274 -or- SAT - M >= 560 |
MATH 1054 ELIGIBLE |
QAS = 275 - 300 -and- AAF = 240 - 300 |
MATH 2415 ELIGIBLE |
*MATH 0901 (3 credits) and MATH 0902 (1 credit) are Developmental Basic Algebra courses that do not count towards graduation/college credit. MATH 0902 is paired with MATH 1016 or MATH 1010 for majors not requiring to take MATH 1000 or MATH 1054. Please note: In all of the above areas, students may be asked to take a diagnostic exam in their course(s), as stipulated by the course(s) syllabus at the start of the semester, which may require students to be placed in an alternative course. |
FRENCH COURSE PLACEMENTDetermined by the WebCAPE FOREIGN LANGUAGE PLACEMENT EXAM TEST SCORE |
SCORE RANGES |
FRENCH COURSE PLACEMENT |
Below 260 |
FREN 1101 |
260-336 |
FREN 1102 |
337-402 |
FREN 2101 (GRAMMAR: READING AND WRITING) |
403-476 |
FREN 2102 (CONVERSATION) |
Above 476 |
Please take 3000 level courses; and/or seek advisement from the School of Global Education and Innovation |
GERMAN COURSE PLACEMENTDetermined by the WebCAPE FOREIGN LANGUAGE PLACEMENT EXAM TEST SCORE |
SCORE RANGES |
GERMAN COURSE PLACEMENT |
Below 292 |
GERM 1101 |
292-383 |
GERM 1102 |
384-492 |
GERM 2101 |
Above 492 |
GERM 2102 |
SPANISH COURSE PLACEMENTDetermined by the WebCAPE FOREIGN LANGUAGE PLACEMENT EXAM TEST SCORE |
SCORE RANGES |
SPANISH COURSE PLACEMENT |
Below 270 |
SPAN 1101 |
270-345 |
SPAN 1102 |
346-427 |
SPAN 2101 |
428-485 |
SPAN 2102 |
Above 485 |
Please take 3000 level courses from the following list: SPAN 3101 (ADVANCED SPANISH I) |
Understanding Your Test Results/Course Placements
Individualized Initial Course Placements
Students enter the University with varying skill levels and differing levels of preparedness for college-level coursework. Therefore, each incoming freshman is assessed prior to registration and provided with individualized initial course placements based on criteria such as placement test results and SAT/ACT scores. Your individualized course placements tell you:
- which level of College Composition you are required to take
- whether any reading courses are required or recommended to help prepare you for reading-intensive college-level coursework
- whether a developmental math course is required to help prepare you for your college-level math coursework
- whether you are eligible to take Pre-Calculus or Calculus
- and–if you took the Web-CAPE Foreign Language Placement Exam–which level of French, Spanish, or German you should take
Your Reading Course Placement
Your reading course placement is determined by your Reading score on the placement test.
Kean offers two developmental (non-college-credit) reading courses, CS 0409 (Basic Reading Skills) and CS 0412 (Introduction to Academic Reading), as well as a college-level reading course, CS 1501 (College Reading and Study Skills).
- If your Reading score is <= 236, you are required to take both developmental reading courses, CS 0409 and CS 0412 (sequentially). You are also required to take ENG 1025, regardless of your Writing score.
- If your Reading score is 237-249, you are required to take the second-level developmental course only (CS 0412). You are also encouraged (but not required) to take ENG 1025 regardless of your Writing score.
- If your Reading score is in the range of scores considered borderline (250-262), you are strongly encouraged (but not required) to take the college-level reading course, CS 1501.
- If your Reading score is >= 263 or you were exempt from reading testing because your SAT-Critical Reading/Verbal score was >= 520 or your rSAT-ERW score was >= 510 or your ACT Composite score was >= 23, no reading courses are required or recommended.
Your Writing Course Placement
Your score on the Essay section of the placement test determines the level of College Composition you are required to take.
Kean offers two, three-credit-hour courses for composition: Introduction to College Composition (ENG 1025) and College Composition (ENG 1030). Introduction to College Composition (ENG 1025) is designed for students whose placement test essays indicate they need more writing instruction/skills development, and College Composition (ENG 1030) is designed for students whose placement test essays indicate they are ready for college-level writing. College Composition (ENG 1030) is required of all students.
- If your Essay score is 0–5, you are required to take Introduction to College Composition, ENG 1025, before ENG 1030.
- If your Essay score is >= 6 or you were exempt from the writing testing because your SAT-Writing score was >= 520 or your rSAT-ERW score was >= 510 or your ACT Composite score was >= 23, you will take College Composition, ENG 1030.
- If you have placed into CS 0409, regardless of your writing placement test score, you are required to take Introduction to College Composition, ENG 1025. It is recommended that if you place into CS 0412, that you take ENG 1025, regardless of your writing score.
Your Math Course Placement
Your math course placement is determined by your Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS) score on the placement test and/or the Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF) score on the placement test (if taken).
- If your QAS score is <= 229, you are required to take the developmental math course, Basic Algebra (MATH 0901 - 3 credits), before you take your college-level math course(s).
- If your QAS score falls within the score range of 230-244, you must take a developmental math Basic Algebra course but you qualify to take a college level class with the basic Algebra course in the same semester. For majors that do not require Algebra for College Students (MATH 1000) or Precalculus (MATH 1054) you may take Statistics (MATH 1016) or Foundations of Math (MATH 1010) or Problem Solving (Math 1030) with co-requisite Basic Algebra - 1 credit (MATH 0902). Some majors such as those in the Sciences, Math, and some Education majors require Algebra for College Students (MATH 1000) and/or Precalculus (MATH 1054); if you score in this test range you qualify to take MATH 0901 with co-requisite MATH 1000 in the same semester. It is recommended that students review Basic Algebra prior to retesting. Please visit kean.edu/placement-testing; click on ACCUPLACER Resources for Students, to view Math test sample questions.
- If your QAS score is >= 245 or you were exempt from math testing because your SAT-Math score was >= 530 or your rSAT-Math score was >= 510, or your ACT Composite score was >= 23, you are NOT required to take developmental math before you can take the first college-level math course required by your major(s). Seek advisement from your major advisor to select the appropriate Math course.
The ACCUPLACER Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics test and the Advanced Algebra and Functions Test are automatically administered to students with QAS scores >= 275, and, upon request, to students exempt from math testing due to their SAT-Math scores. The Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics test score can be used to determine preparedness for Pre-Calculus and combined with the Advanced Algebra and Functions test score can be used to determine placement into Calculus.
Whether or not you take any advanced math course for which you are eligible will largely depend on whether the course is required by your particular major.
Your Foreign Language Course Placement
Kean does NOT have a foreign language requirement, but if you want to study French, German, or Spanish at Kean, your score on the Web-CAPE Foreign Language Placement Exam determines which course you should take first.
- For French, if your score is < 260, you should take FREN 1101 (Basic French I); if your score is 260–336, you should take FREN 1102 (Basic French II); if your score is 337–402, you should take FREN 2101 (Intermediate French Grammar, Reading and Writing); and if your score is > 402, you should take FREN 2102 (French Conversation).
- For German, if your score is < 292, you should take GERM 1101 (Basic German I); if your score is 292–383, you should take GERM 1102 (Basic German II); if your score is 384–492, you should take GERM 2101 (Intermediate German I); and if your score is > 492, you should take GERM 2102 (Intermediate German II).
- For Spanish, if your score is < 270, you should take SPAN 1101 (Basic Spanish I); if your score is 270–345, you should take SPAN 1102 (Basic Spanish II); if your score is 346–427, you should take SPAN 2101 (Intermediate Spanish I); and if your score is > 427, you should take SPAN 2102 (Intermediate Spanish II).
Descriptions of Courses
CS 0409 (Basic Reading Skills): This course is designed to develop proficiency in reading to meet the curriculum needs of succeeding courses. Emphasis is on vocabulary development and comprehension skills. Prerequisites: none (placement by ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score).
CS 0412 (Introduction to Academic Reading): In this course, students will focus on improving and refining their reading comprehension skills, increasing their general and specific vocabulary levels, matching reading strategies with their learning styles, and applying appropriate strategies to college-level texts. CS 0412 is offered only in a “paired course” format; i.e., students will concurrently enroll in a CS 0412 section and a designated college-level course (such as a sociology, health, or psychology course). The skills and strategies studied in the CS 0412 class will be applied to the materials and assignments of the course with which it is paired. Prerequisites: successful completion of CS 0409 or appropriate score on the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Reading Test.
CS 1501 (College Reading and Study Skills): This college-level course (three elective credits) is designed to help students increase the efficiency of their reading and learning skills. Topics covered include classroom listening and note-taking skills; reading skills for the content areas, including vocabulary development and speed and accuracy of reading comprehension; study skills, such as textbook note-taking, memory improvement, test preparation, and test-taking; and organizational skills such as time management and task analysis and prioritization. Prerequisites: successful completion of CS 0409 and CS 0412 or appropriate score on the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Reading Test.
ENG 1025 (Introduction to College Composition): Preparatory course for College Composition. Introduction to academic expository writing, and the writing, reading, and critical thinking processes used across the college curriculum. Writing Intensive Course Prerequisites: none (placement by ACCUPLACER Writing score). ELECTIVE CREDIT
ENG 1030 (College Composition): Development of flexible processes for composing writing to meet academic purposes across the curriculum. Prerequisites: none (placement by ACCUPLACER Writing score).
MATH 0901 (Basic Algebra): Topics covered in this course include operations with real numbers, simplifying algebraic expressions, linear equations, graphing equations of lines, applications and word problems, operations with polynomials, factoring polynomials, solving quadratic equations, and operations with square roots. Prerequisite: none (placement by the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics score). NON-CREDIT
MATH 0902 (Basic Algebra – 1 credit developmental course paired with co-requisite Math 1010, 1016 or 1030): Topics covered in this course include operations with real numbers, simplifying algebraic expressions, linear equations, graphing equations of lines, applications and word problems, operations with polynomials, factoring polynomials, solving quadratic equations, and operations with square roots. Prerequisite: none (placement by the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics score).
MATH 1000 (Algebra for College Students): Topics covered in this course include operations with real numbers, polynomial expressions, exponents, rational and radical expressions; solutions of linear and nonlinear equations and inequalities; solutions of linear and nonlinear systems of equations; and an introduction to functions and their graphs. Prerequisite: placement or successful completion of MATH 0901 (if required).
MATH 1010 (Foundations of Mathematics): An introduction to mathematical reasoning including problem-solving strategies, sets and set operations, logic, geometry, and statistics. Prerequisite: placement or successful completion of MATH 0901 (if required).
MATH 1016 (Statistics): Topics covered in this course include: descriptive and inferential statistics, graphic treatment of data, characteristics of distributions, statistical models, correlation, regression, estimation and hypothesis testing. Computer applications. Prerequisite: placement or successful completion of MATH 0901 (if required).
MATH 1030 (Problem Solving in Mathematics): This course focuses on development and application of problem solving strategies to a variety of problems within and outside of mathematics, making connections between mathematics and other content areas, numerous and varied experiences with problem solving as a method of inquiry, and applications. Prerequisite: placement or successful completion of MATH 0901 (if required).
MATH 1044 (Precalculus for Business): Topics covered in this course include equations, inequalities, and their applications; functions and graphs, lines, parabolas and systems of equations; exponential and logarithmic functions; compound interest, present value, annuities and amortization of loans; matrix algebra, Gauss-Jordan elimination and applications; inverse of a matrix, solutions of systems of equations and inequalities; and problem solving methods. Student will be required to acquire a specified graphing calculator. Cannot be used as a pre-requisite for MATH 2415. Prerequisites: successful completion of MATH 0901 (if required) or appropriate score on the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics test.
MATH 1054 (Precalculus): Topics covered in this course include exponential and logarithmic functions; trigonometric functions with emphasis on trigonometric identities and trigonometric analysis; complex numbers, polar coordinates, plane vectors and trigonometric forms of complex numbers; arithmetic and geometric sequences and series; and problem solving methods. Prerequisites: successful completion of MATH 0901 and MATH 1000 (if required) or appropriate score on the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics test.
MATH 2415 (Calculus I): Topics covered in this course include functions, limits, and continuity; differentiation of algebraic and trigonometric functions; tangent and normal lines; Newton’s method; optimization and related rate problems. Course includes applications to the physical, biological, and managerial sciences and computer applications. Prerequisites: successful completion of MATH 0901 (if required) and MATH 1000 and MATH 1054 or appropriate score on the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics test and the Advanced Algebra and Functions test.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where can I find a list of all the courses required by my intended major?
A: For a list of all courses you will need to complete your degree, visit the following website: https://www.kean.edu/offices/registrars-office/curriculum-sheets and select your major.
Q: Why doesn’t everyone have to take Introduction to College Composition, ENG 1025?
A: Because the writing skills of entering freshmen vary, Kean relies on a variety of placement measures to ensure that students are placed into a class that best fits their skill level. ENG 1025 is a three-credit, one-semester course that helps students prepare for writing at the level needed to succeed in College Composition and throughout college. ENG 1025 is not a developmental course. It earns three elective credits. Most majors, except Education majors, have elective credits.
Q: If I scored >= 6 on my Writing Test, why am I being placed into Introduction to College Composition, ENG 1025?
A: Check your reading test score. Students who place into CS 0409 are required to take ENG 1025, and those who place into CS 0412 are recommended to take ENG 1025 before moving on to College Composition, ENG 1030. College Composition, ENG 1030, is a fast-paced course whose focus is on analyzing and writing about texts. Those students whose placement tests suggest they need more help in reading will benefit from taking ENG 1025 with either CS 0409 or CS 0412 to develop the skills needed to be successful in College Composition, ENG 1030, and throughout their college careers.
Q: Why are reading courses required or recommended for some students?
A: Many University courses require that students master extensive and often complex assigned readings/texts. In order to prepare students to succeed in such courses, reading courses are required or recommended for incoming freshmen whose Reading Comprehension scores on the placement test fall within certain ranges.
Q: Why is CS 1501 recommended for some students?
A: CS 1501 (College Reading and Study Skills) is recommended (but not required) for students with borderline scores (250-262) on the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Reading test. The recommendation will be noted on your Individual Score Report if your Reading test score falls within this range. While not required to take developmental non-credit reading, students in this category, would benefit from developing their reading and study skills strategies at the beginning of their college careers. CS 1501 is a college-level course that earns three elective credits. Most majors, except Education majors, have elective credits.
Q: What college-level math course(s) will I be required to take?
A: The college-level math course(s) you will be required to complete will depend upon your major. All majors require at least one college-level math course. Some majors, especially those under the College of Natural, Applied and Health Sciences and the College of Business and Pubic Administration, require a sequence of two or more math courses. To view the specific requirements of your intended major, please visit the following website:https://www.kean.edu/offices/registrars-office/curriculum-sheets
Q: Which courses have credits that do not count towards graduation?
A: The credits earned in the developmental reading courses CS 0409 (Basic Reading Skills) and CS 0412 (Introduction to Academic Reading), the developmental math course MATH 0901 (Basic Algebra 3 credits) and MATH 0902 (Basic Algebra, 1 credit which is paired with college level Math 1010, 1016 or 1030), and some English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, are developmental credits that do not count towards graduation or factor in your Grade Point Average (GPA). Developmental courses do not count towards graduation or factor in your GPA. However, developmental and supplemental credits do count in your semester credit load; i.e., they do count in determining your full- or part-time status and therefore your tuition as well as your eligibility for housing, athletics, financial aid, etc. All developmental courses can be identified by the course number. They start with a zero, i.e., Math 0901, CS 0412.
Q: Won’t I “fall behind” if I have to take credits that don’t count towards graduation?
A: Many students–at Kean as well as most other colleges/universities–have to take developmental- or supplemental-credit courses at the beginning of their college careers. Such courses are required of students because this initial investment in skills development has proven to be critical to students’ success and persistence in college. The most common way students “catch up” on credits is by taking courses during one or more summers during their undergraduate years.
Q: What should I do if I am entitled to accommodations in my classes due to a documented learning disability?
A: You should contact Disability Services; Downs Hall (DN 127), (908) 737-4910 or e-mail disabilityservices@kean.edu.
Q: Who should I contact if I have questions regarding my Math course placement?
A: If you have any questions about your Math course placement, you should call the School of General Studies at (908) 737-0330—before registration.
Q: Who should I contact if I have additional questions about my placement test results/course placements?
A: If you have additional questions regarding your placement test results/course placements, you should call the Placement Testing Office at (908) 737-0340—before registration.