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 190WAE 192WAE 194) or in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric (WRT 101WRT 102). Final placement is verified and adjusted as needed during the first week of classes. Details of the policy are below.

New freshmen 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. If any one of the criteria below places you into WRT 102, then you are not required to complete the Online Writing Placement Diagnostic.

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 can determine transfer equivalency information by visiting Stony Brook’s transfer equivalency page here.

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 writing placement 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 an 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 as described below. Failure to complete the online writing diagnostic could impact a student’s ability to register for a writing course and to make degree progress.

Freshmen Students 

Freshmen students who need to complete the online writing placement diagnostic will be contacted by the Writing Program via email in early May. The online writing placement diagnostic needs to be completed no later than June 28th. 

Transfer Students

Transfer students who determine they need to complete the online writing placement diagnostic should email WritingProgram@stonybrook.edu to request access to the diagnostic. Please plan for a two (2) business day response time. New transfer students must complete the diagnostic at least one week before their orientation. 

Onsite Writing Placement Essay— International Student Orientation ONLY

Students attending international student orientation in late August will take an onsite writing placement exam during orientation and do not need to complete the online writing diagnostic. 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
(administered beginning March 2016)

580 or higher

Waived from WRT 101

WRT 102

SAT
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
(administered beginning March 2016)  

Below 580

Online writing diagnostic evaluated for placement

Students attending international student orientation will take an onsite writing placement exam

WAE 190, WAE 192, WAE 194, WRT 101 or WRT 102

 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

Online writing diagnostic evaluated for placement

Students attending international student orientation will take an onsite writing placement exam

WAE 190, WAE 192, WAE 194, WRT 101 or WRT 102

ACT
English Language Arts
(administered beginning September 2015)

23 or higher

Waived from WRT 101

WRT 102

ACT
English Language Arts
(administered beginning September 2015)

Below 23

Online writing diagnostic evaluated for placement 

Students attending international student orientation will take an onsite writing placement exam 

WAE 190, WAE 192, WAE 194, WRT 101 or WRT 102

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

Online writing diagnostic evaluated for placement

 Students attending international student orientation will take an onsite writing placement exam

WAE 190, WAE 192, WAE 194, WRT 101 or WRT 102

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

WRT completed