Placement Tests

The university offers placement tests that evaluate the level of preparation of each student in mathematics, writing and foreign language. The score on the examinations are used to place the student in appropriate courses that best match his or her skills. The exams are used only for registration purposes, and carry no credit value. The preliminary score becomes invalid after two semesters.
 
Each exam tests the student's skills at the time the test is taken, and students are advised to study beforehand. Preliminary versions of the examinations are available, and all incoming students, including transfers, should take the preliminary placement examinations.

Foreign Language Placement

Foreign Placement Exam Score

Placement into…

DEC & Skill

SBC

1

    Language 111

 

 

2

    Language 112

 

 LANG_PART

3

      Language 211

Skill 3

LANG 

4

    Language 212

Skill 3

LANG, GLO 

5

   See Department

Skill 3

 LANG, GLO

 
 

Math Placement

Math Placement Exam Score

Placement into…

DEC & Skill

SBC

1

    MAP 101

 

 

2

    MAP 103

 

 

2+

    MAT 118 or Statistics

Skill 1

 

3

    MAT 118, MAT 123, or Statistics

Skill 1

 

4

    MAT 125

Skill 1

 

5

    MAT 131 or MAT 141 or AMS 151

Skill 1

 

6

    MAT 126

Skill 1, DEC C

QPS

7

    MAT 132 or MAT 142 or MAT 171
or AMS 161

Skill 1, DEC C

QPS

8

    MAT 127 or MAT 132 or MAT 171 
or MAT 142 or AMS 161

Skill 1, DEC C

QPS

9

    Beyond 100-level calculus

Skill 1, DEC C

QPS

 

Writing Placement 

See chart below for additional information.

Every student must demonstrate a certain level of writing proficiency to graduate from Stony Brook University by completing a writing sequence culminating in the WRT 102 Intermediate Writing Workshop . Depending on individual student preparation, students will enroll initially into writing courses in the Program in Academic English (WAE 190, WAE 192, WAE 194) or in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric (WRT 101, WRT 102). Final placement is verified and adjusted as needed during the first week of classes. Details of the policy are below.

New and transfer students who have not transferred an equivalent course from another collegiate institution will be assigned to a writing course appropriate to their level of preparation based on the criteria discussed in detail below.

AP Scores for Writing Placement

Students who have received AP scores in English Language/Composition or English Literature/Composition with a score of 3 or higher will be placed into WRT 102.  See http://sb.cc.stonybrook.edu/bulletin/current/policiesandregulations/admissions/apcredit.php for more information.

Transfer Course Equivalence

Students who have transfer college credit in English Composition from a regionally accredited institution with a grade of C or higher should consult the chart for placement information.

SAT Scores for Writing Placement

SAT Scores (administered beginning March 2016)

Students with an Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 580 or higher will be placed into WRT 102. Faculty from the Program in Writing and Rhetoric and Program in Academic English will review the online writing placement diagnostic of students with a combined Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score below 580 to determine placement into the appropriate writing course.

SAT Scores (last administered January 2016)

Students with a combined Critical Reading and Writing score of 1050 or higher will be placed into WRT 102. Faculty from the Program in Writing and Rhetoric and Program in Academic English will review the online diagnostic of students with a combined Critical Reading and Writing score below 1050 to determine placement into the appropriate writing course.

ACT Scores for Writing Placement

ACT Scores (administered beginning September 2015)

Students with an English Language Arts score of 23 or higher will be placed into WRT 102. Faculty from the Program in Writing and Rhetoric and Program in Academic English will review the online writing placement diagnostic of students with a English Language Arts score below 23 to determine placement into the appropriate writing course.

ACT Scores (last administered June 2015)

Students with a combined English and Writing score of 24 or higher will be placed into WRT 102. Faculty from the Program in Writing and Rhetoric and Program in Academic English will review the online writing placement diagnostic of students with a combined English and Writing score below 24 to determine placement into the appropriate writing course.

Online Writing Placement Diagnostic

Beginning in March 2017, all students matriculating Summer 2017 or later who have not satisfied the SBU writing requirement (WRT 102) or who have not been placed into WRT 102 through one of the established mechanisms listed above will take an online writing placement diagnostic. Students will read excerpts from source texts and respond to a writing prompt. This 30-60 minute online writing diagnostic will be made available to students at the beginning of May and must be completed in advance of summer orientation. Failure to complete the online writing diagnostic could impact a student’s ability to register for a writing course and to make degree progress.

Onsite Writing Placement Essay

Students attending the international student orientation will take an onsite writing placement exam. This 30-60 minute essay exam will be administered to these students on campus during this orientation.

Final Placement

In the first week of WRT and WAE class, faculty may ask students to complete a writing diagnostic to determine if the students' current writing placement is appropriate. When necessary, faculty evaluation could require students to change their writing course. Advisors are available to assist students with schedule changes if needed.

Test or Course

 Score 

Action

Placement into…

SAT
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

580 or higher

Waived from WRT 101

WRT 102

SAT
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 

580 or below

SAT essay or writing placement exam evaluated for placement

Determined by essay or writing placement exam (see Note 1)

 SAT
Combined Critical Reading and Writing (last administered January 2016)

1050 or higher

Waived from WRT 101

WRT 102

SAT
Combined Critical Reading and Writing (last administered January 2016)

Below 1050

  SAT essay or writing placement exam evaluated for placement

Determined by essay or writing placement exam (see Note 1)

 ACT
English Language Arts

23 or higher

Waived from WRT 101

WRT 102

 ACT
English Language Arts

Below 23

 ACT essay or writing placement exam evaluated for placement

Determined by essay or writing placement exam (see Note 1)

ACT
Combined English and Writing (last administered June 2015)

24 or higher  Waived from WRT 101  WRT 102 
 
ACT
Combined English and Writing (last administered June 2015)
 Below 24 ACT  essay or writing placement exam evaluated for placement  Determined by essay or writing placement exam (see Note 1) 

AP
English Language/ Composition

3 or higher  Waived from WRT 101  WRT 102 

AP
English Literature/ Composition

3 or higher Waived from WRT 101   WRT 102 

Transfer Credit
English Composition
(course equivalent to WRT 101)

C or higher Waived from WRT 101   WRT 102

Transfer Credit
English Composition
(course equivalent to WRT 102)

C or higher Waived from WRT 101 and WRT 102 Lower division WRT completed

Note 1:
Students may place into WAE 190, WAE 192, WAE 194, WRT 101, or WRT 102 on the basis of the evaluation of the SAT or ACT essay or writing placement exam.