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Course Placement '23-'24

Once an admitted student makes the $100 tuition deposit, it is vital for the student to determine course placement requirements have been met using one of five pathways. Course placement scores are necessary in English and Mathematics and assist our faculty in building a schedule suited to your unique academic needs. Students can use a combination of the pathway options below for placement purposes.

There are five pathways for course placement purposes.

  • Pathway 1:

    Submit official test scores. If you have ACT/SAT or Accuplacer scores, not previously submitted to MVNU, please request a copy of your official score report to be sent to Scores received from the high school counselor or the testing organization are considered official.
  • Pathway 2:

    Advanced Placement (AP) Coursework in English and/or Mathematics with an exam score of 3+.
  • Pathway 3:

    College Credit Plus (CCP) coursework in English and/or Mathematics, with a final grade of C- or better.
  • Pathway 4:

    Complete an approved assessment. (More information about the approved assessments found below).
  • Pathway 5:

    Decline additional assessment(s) and agree to take any assigned English, Math, and/or Success support courses, which may include some non-credit bearing classes.

How to Register for the Approved Assessments

ALEKS Mathematics Assessment — ALEKS Placement, Preparation, and Learning (PPL) is used to determine readiness for mathematics courses. ALEKS PPL is a web-based program that uses artificial intelligence to map a student’s strengths and weaknesses. The Placement Assessment is up to 30 questions and generally takes 60-90 minutes to complete. Please note: This is a remote exam. Students will register for and complete the assessment fully online. 

ALEKS-PPL cost — $20

The Writing test evaluates your ability to revise and edit multiparagraph text. The Writing test is 25 questions and students will have 60 minutes to complete the test. Please note: This is an in-seat test. Students must register ahead of their chosen New Student Orientation and take the test on that date from 9:30am – 10:30am. Or 11:00am - 12:00pm. Students who are required to take the Trig Test (dependent on major) should register for the 9:30am Writing Test to avoid a time conflict.



Transitional Course Requirements (For All Incoming Students)

Students must score HIGHER than at least one of the criteria in order to “opt out” of taking the transitional courses below.

MVNU Transitional Courses ACT Sub Score SAT Reading & Writing Sub Score ALEKS PPL overall score ACCUPLACER Writing Test
MAT 0083 – Basic Algebra 16 or below 470 or below 1-29 NA
MAT 0093 – Algebra 17-18 480 - 520 30-45 NA
ENG 1084 – College Writing w/ Lab 18 or below 490 or below NA 200–262
HUM 1013 – Discipleship of the Christian Mind w/ Lab *
CSS 1012 – Advanced College Success Strategies *
18 or below 490 or below NA 200–262

*Students must also obtain a minimum of a cumulative highschool GPA of a 2.5 to “opt out” of these courses.
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