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Course Placement '22-'23

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 four 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 four 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).

How to Register for the Approved Assessments

R-ACT — The Residual ACT (R-ACT) is an on-campus testing program for universities that wish to administer the ACT tests to their enrolled, admitted or applicant students. The R-ACT is administered in a group testing setting. Results are reported only to the university (MVNU) administering the tests. No Student Reports are generated and you may not request additional score reports for any other school.

R-ACT cost — $60

*Please note: Students are also able to register for and complete either the ACT or SAT on one of the national test dates.
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

Accuplacer WritePlacer — The WritePlacer essay measures your ability to write effectively, which is critical to your academic success. Your score is based on your ability to express, organize, and support your opinions and ideas.

More information will be shared soon regarding Accuplacer Testing on MVNU’s main campus.  Stay tuned!

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 Acuplacer WriterPlacer Score
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 1 - 3
ENG 1083 – College Writing 19 and higher 500 and higher NA 4-8
HUM 1013 – Discipleship of the Christian Mind w/ Lab *
CSS 1012 – Advanced College Success Strategies *
18 or below 490 or below NA 1-3

*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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