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College Placement & Learning Support

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is required to do college placement for English and Mathematics? Board of Regents (BOR) policy states that students taking courses or seeking to enter associate, degree, or certificate programs with Learning Support (LS) prerequisites, or seeking to enter programs leading to the associate or baccalaureate degree must be evaluated for LS placement in English (reading/writing) and Mathematics. (BOR Policy manual 2.9.1)

What is Learning Support? The Learning Support (LS) Program is a BOR initiated program of courses and advisement designed to help students build the foundational skills needed for success in college-level courses. Students enrolling in Learning Support courses at Atlanta Metropolitan State College (AMSC) will have a program of study specifically designed to fulfill their unique learning needs.

Which Learning Support (LS) courses are offered at AMSC? AMSC offers two levels of LS English and Mathematics. Students are assigned LS English and Mathematics courses based on their placement scores. The lower (Foundations) level courses are four-credit-hour courses designed to provide foundational skills in English and Mathematics. They are listed in the College catalog as ENGL 0989 (Foundations of English Compositions), MATH 0988 (Foundations of Mathematical Modeling), and MATH 0989 (Foundations of College Algebra).

The upper-level courses are one-credit-hour laboratories that are designed to provide supplemental “just-in-time” support for college level English and Mathematics. They are listed in the college catalog as ENGL 0999 (Support of English 1101), MATH 0998 (Support of Mathematical Modeling), and MATH 0999 (Support of College Algebra).

Who exempts Learning Support English placement at AMSC? Students who transfer in credit for English 1101or students who have a current ACT Verbal score of at least 17 or a current SAT critical reading score of at least 430 are exempt from LS English placement.

Which placement examinations do students who do not exempt English placement take? Currently, there are two options for students who do not exempt LS placement by either by transfer of credit, ACT score, or SAT score. They may take either (a) the COMPASS Reading AND English Placement examinations together OR (b) they may take the Accuplacer Reading Comprehension AND the WritePlacer English Examinations together.

NOTE: After November 30, 2016, the COMPASS Placement Examinations will no longer be available.

Students are then placed based on the score ranges in this table: English placement is based on which ever score (reading or English) is lower.

ENGLISH PLACEMENT-- BASED ON READING AND WRITING TEST SCORES
COMPASS
Reading
COMPASS
ENGLISH/WRITING
ACCUPLACER
Reading
ACCUPLACER
WritePlacer
ACT SAT REQUIRED COURSE(S)
74-99 60-99 61-120 5-8 17 or
Higher
430 or
Higher
THE GATEWAY ENGLISH COURSE, NO LEARNING
SUPPORT REQUIREMENT

ENGLISH 1101 (English Composition 1)--3 credits
69-73 48-59 54-60 4 No Score,
or a Score
Less Than
17
No Score,
or a Score
Less Than
430
THE CO-REQUISITE MODEL
English 1101 (English
Composition 1)--3 credits AND ENGL 0999 (Support of English Composition)--1 credit
62-68 32-47 46-53 3 No Score,
or a Score
Less Than
17
No Score,
or a Score
Less Than
430
FOUNDATIONS LEVEL
ENGL 0989 (Foundations of
English Composition 1)--4 credits

Who exempts Learning Support Math placement at AMSC? Students who transfer in credit for college-level Mathematics, or students who have a current ACT Mathematics score of at least 17 or a current SAT Mathematics score of at least 400 are exempt from LS Mathematics placement.

Which placement examinations do students who do not exempt Mathematics placement take? Currently, there are two options for students who do not exempt LS placement either by transfer of credit, ACT score, or SAT score. They may take either (a) the COMPASS Algebra Examination or (b) the Accuplacer Elementary Placement Examination.

NOTE: After November 30, 2016, the COMPASS Placement Examination will no longer be available.

Students are then placed based on the score ranges in this table:

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MATHEMATICS PLACEMENT--BASED ON MATH TEST SCORES
COMPASS ALGEBRA ACCUPLACER ELEMTRARY ALGEBRA ACT SAT REQUIRED COURSE(S)
COMPASS ALGEBRA 67-120 17 or Higher 17 or
Higher
THE GATEWAY MATH COURSE,
NO LEARNING SUPPORT REQUIREMENT
MATH 1111 (College Algebra)--3 credits OR MATH 1101 (Mathematical Modeling)--3 credits
30-36 55-66 No Score,
or a Score
Less Than
17
No Score,
or a Score
Less Than
17
THE CO-REQUISITE MODEL
MATH 1111 (College Algebra)--3 credits AND MATH 0999 (Support of College Algebra)--1 credit OR MATH 1101 (Math Modeling)--3 credits AND MATH 0998 (Support of Math Modeling)--1 credit
20-29 32-54 No Score,
or a Score
Less Than
17
No Score,
or a Score
Less Than
17
FOUNDATIONS LEVEL
MATH 0989 (Foundations of College Algebra)--4 credits OR MATH 0988 (Foundations of Math Modeling)--4 credits

Take the COMPASS or Accuplacer Placement Exams seriously. For additional information on preparation for COMPASS placement testing and websites that provide sample test questions please visit http://www.atlm.edu/students/preparing-for-the-compass-text.aspx.
Practice materials may also be obtained from AMSC’s Center for Academic Success or by visiting their webpage at http://www.atlm.edu/academics/Center%20for%20Academic%20Success.aspx.
Accuplacer resources and study tools may be found at https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students.
COMPASS will no longer be available after November 30, 2016.

What is an option for improving one’s placement score prior to acceptance to AMSC? Atlanta Metropolitan State College offers English and Mathematics Pre-Matriculation (Pre-Mat) classes that provide background reviews in Mathematics, Reading and Writing (English). Students who have taken but have not passed the COMPASS or Accuplacer exams are encouraged to participate in the Pre-MAT classes. For information about the Pre-Mat classes, follow the Pre/Post-Mat link on the College’s webpage.

Learning Support Office Contact Information

Dr. Curtis Bailey, Director
404-756-4491
Office: S-154
cbailey@atlm.edu