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Fall 2017 - New Placement & Testing Procedures/Policies

Effective Fall 2017, incoming freshmen will be placed into mathematics, writing, and reading courses based on new procedures and policies.

Detailed Information, via email from Office of Planning & Assessment, dated May 9, 2017.


Congratulations on your acceptance to the Bloomsburg University community! We are busy preparing and looking forward to your arrival on campus. One part of our work is to get you started with the right courses in reading, writing, and math. This page describes your initial placements for those courses as well as your options to challenge placement into courses that do not seem appropriate.

Reading Placement

College-level reading skills are important to your success in almost every class you will take at Bloomsburg University. For that reason, all students are encouraged to enroll in Enrich 120: College Reading and Study Skills. In addition, students whose score on the Reading Test portion of the SAT falls below 26 (out of 40) will be required to take Enrich 110: Reading Your World during their first year. This course will help students become active and confident learners with college-level literacy and critical thinking skills. Students who are not required to take Enrich 110 based on their test scores are also welcome to take this class if they desire.

Writing Placement

For many students, the transition to writing in college presents a significant challenge. Some students coming to BU will be best served by taking two semesters of first-year writing courses, while others will do fine taking only one. Students whose overall high school grade point average is less than 87% will be placed into Enrich 101: College Writing Enrichment and will then take English 101: Foundations of College Writing the next semester. Students whose overall high school grade point average is equal to or greater than 87% will be placed directly into English 101.

If you feel that your overall high school grade point average does not reflect your ability as a writer, there is an opportunity this summer to challenge your first-year writing placement by completing and submitting samples of your work. To learn more about that opportunity visit http://www.bloomu.edu/testing-placement-writing

Foreign Language Placement

One of Bloomsburg University’s General Education (MyCore) Goals is that you demonstrate basic communication in a second language. You can accomplish this goal by taking foreign language courses or by taking a 20-40 minute Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish. Your score on the FLPT will either satisfy the Second Language Goal or determine which language course you should schedule. To learn more about the FLPT please visit: https://www.bloomu.edu/testing-placement-language.

Mathematics Placement

Most students will be placed into a math course appropriate for your major using your SAT or ACT scores. The following table indicates the placement. (Note: The SAT was changed in March 2016. If you took the SAT prior to March 2016, your score will be adjusted to the equivalent for the new SAT. For instance, a score of 470 prior to March 2016 will be adjusted to 510.)

SAT or ACT MATH SCORE Course Placement (depending on major requirements)
SAT ≤ 450
ACT ≤ 16
Enrich 80: Introductory Algebra (Department of Academic Enrichment)*
460 ≤ SAT ≤ 500
17 ≤ ACT ≤ 19
Enrich 90: Intermediate Algebra (Department of Academic Enrichment)*
SAT ≥ 510
ACT ≥ 20
Mathematical Thinking, College Algebra, Intro to Statistics or other Foundational Math course.

*Introductory Algebra and Intermediate Algebra course credits do not count toward graduation.

Students who require accommodations (i.e. readers, scribes, etc.) and have documentation, must contact the Students with Disabilities Center, Denise Recla (drecla@bloomu.edu) or Linda Tomashefski (ltomash2@bloomu.edu) to complete the test. All students are allotted 24 hours to complete the ALEKS assessment; therefore, an extended time accommodation is not being offered for this placement assessment.

If the table shows placement into an Academic Enrichment Course for math and you wish to challenge your Math placement you may use the online Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) testing system. Contact Jessica Beaver in the Office of Planning and Assessment to obtain the ALEKS information: aleks@bloomu.edu

Students in some College of Science and Technology majors will be invited to participate in the ALEKS testing system for course placement. ALEKS uses artificial intelligence to determine your knowledge in a subject. ALEKS then creates an individualized learning plan that guides you to work on material that you are ready to learn. For additional information, please visit: http://www.bloomu.edu/aleks

Placement into your first math class at Bloomsburg University will be based on your best ALEKS score and your degree program requirements. Specific details are available in your placement testing welcome letter.

Please note: Students should start ALEKS now and try to finish it within four weeks.

We hope that you are excited to start the next phase in your educational journey with us. We look forward to working with you and want to maximize the benefit you receive from our programs.