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Placement & Testing

English Placement

UL Lafayette utilizes ACT & SAT scores to place students into Math & English courses during their first semester. Utilize the chart below to determine where you will place based on your ACT Subscores. Students wishing to challenge their placement in English or Math can take one of our Placement Exams.
 

English      
ACT English Subscore SAT Verbal Subscore (Before March 2016) SAT Writing & Language
(After March 2016)
Course Placement
 ≤ 17     Cannot schedule a UL English course. Please schedule an English placement exam.
 18-27  450-620  25-33 ENGL 101 - Introduction to Academic Writing
 28  630  34 Students receive Credit for ENGL 101
 ≥ 28  ≥ 630  ≥ 34 ENGL 102 or ENGL 115 (Honors English)


ESOL Placement (For International Students who are non-native speakers of English)

International students who do not meet the minimum scores listed below cannot schedule a UL Lafayette ESOL or English course.  Placement is based on TOEFL, IELTS, ACT or SAT scores. Students who successfully complete the Intensive English Program (IEP) level 6 should schedule ESOL 101.

ESOL              
TOEFL 
(Paper)
TOEFL 
(Internet)
TOEFL
(Computer)
IELTS SAT
Verbal
(Before March 2016)
SAT Writing & Language (After March 2016) ACT
English
Course Placement
 550  79  213  6.5  450  25  18 ESOL 101 
Introduction to Academic Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English

After successful completion of ESOL 101, students may register for ESOL 102; however, they cannot be given credit for ESOL 101 based on TOEFL or IELTS scores. 

For more information about ESOL Placement, visit the Department of Modern Languages website or contact Denise Marceaux, ESOL Coordinator, at 337-482-6811 or marceaux@louisiana.edu.


Math Placement

Algebra Course Changes

In order to better meet the needs of students and to comply with the Board of Regents Common Course Core beginning in the spring 2014 semester, there will be important changes regarding the first mathematics class. The format of MATH 100, College Algebra Fundamentals, currently a 5-hour graded course, is being split into a 3-hour graded course (MATH 103) and a 2-hour credit/no credit course (MATH 104). The intent is to improve the retention of freshmen students.

MATH 103, Applied College Algebra Fundamentals and MATH 104, Applied College Algebra Fundamentals Practicum are replacing MATH 100.  MATH 103 and MATH 104 must be taken together and students must register for corresponding sections (i.e. a student registered for Section 1 of MATH 103 must register for Section 1 of MATH 104).  MATH 103 will be a 3-hour graded course while MATH 104 will be a 2-hour Credit/No Credit course. A student making a grade of A, B, C, or D in MATH 103 will receive a mark of "Credit" in MATH 104. A student earning a grade of F in MATH 103 will receive a mark of "No Credit" in MATH 104. Students who repeat the course must repeat both MATH 103 and MATH 104.

MATH 102, Quantitative Reasoning, is a new course designed as an alternative to MATH 105, Applied College Algebra, title change, for students whose majors do not require pre-calculus, business calculus or calculus.

MATH 107, College Algebra and Quantitative Reasoning, is for Elementary Education majors and does not satisfy mathematics course requirements for other majors.


Placement in Mathematics Courses:

Math      
ACT Math Subscore SAT Math Subscore (Before March 2016) SAT Math Subscore (After March 2016) Course Placement
 ≤ 18     Cannot schedule a UL Mathematics course. Please schedule a math placement exam.
 ≥ 19  ≥ 460  ≥ 500 MATH 102 - Quantitative Reasoning (for students whose majors do not require pre-calculus, business calculus or calculus)
 ≥ 19  ≥ 460  ≥ 500 MATH 117 Number Sense for P-K Teachers (Elementary Education majors only)
 19-20  460-490  500-520 MATH 103 & 104 - Applied College Algebra Fundamentals and Practicum
 21-22  500-530  530-560 MATH 105 - Applied College Algebra
 23-25  540-570  570-590 MATH 109 - Pre-Calculus Algebra
 24-25  560-570  580-590 MATH 110 - Pre-Calculus Trigonometry and Function Theory (students with a 24 or 25 can take Math 109 & 110 in the same semester)
 ≥ 26  ≥ 590  ≥ 610 MATH 143 - Pre-Calculus Algebra and Trigonometry
 ≥ 28  ≥ 630  ≥ 650 MATH 270 - Calculus I

Please remember that placement in a course does not mean students will receive credit in a lower level course.


Credit in Mathematics based on ACT/SAT Math Scores:

ACT Math Subscore SAT Math Subscore​ (Before March 2016) SAT Math Subscore (After March 2016) Credit Earned
 25-27  570-620  590-640 Credit in MATH 105 - Applied College Algebra
 28-29  630-660  650-690 Credit in MATH 109 - Pre-Calculus Algebra
 ≥ 30  ≥ 670  ≥ 700 Credit in MATH 109 & 110 - Pre-Calculus Algebra & Pre-Calculus Trigonometry and Function Theory
To learn more about Math Placement and Credit Examinations, please visit: http://math.louisiana.edu/current-students/placement-credit.
Questions can be directed to James Kimball, Director of Freshman Mathematics, jkimball@louisiana.edu or 337-482-5290.