Atlanta Metropolitan State College
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 . . . 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 LS courses are offered at AMSC? AMSC offers lower level foundations courses for English (ENGL 0989) and for Mathematics (MATH 0987, MATH 0988 or MATH 0989) and upper level, co-requisite support labs for English (ENGL 0999) and for Mathematics (MATH 0997, MATH 0998, or MATH 0999). Mathematics courses are aligned with your specific major. They are College Algebra, Mathematical Modeling, and Quantitative Reasoning. Consult an advisor, the campus online catalog, and the requirements at a school you might transfer to for the appropriate Math course sequence.
Who exempts Learning Support English placement at AMSC? Students who transfer in credit for English 1101, or 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.
Students who do not exempt English placement either by Transfer of Credit, ACT score, or SAT score must take the reading and English COMPASS placement examinations. Students who score at least 60 on the COMPASS English placement exam and also score at least 74 on the COMPASS reading placement exam are exempt from LS English and are eligible to register for English 1101. Students who do not meet these cut off scores, but earn both the minimum English score of at least 32, and also the minimum reading score of at least 62 on the COMPASS exams will be placed in the appropriate level of LS English.
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.
Students who do not exempt Mathematics placement either by Transfer of Credit, ACT score, or SAT score must take the Algebra COMPASS placement examinations. Students who score at least 37 on the COMPASS algebra placement exam are exempt from LS Mathematics placement and are eligible to register for college-level Mathematics. Students who do not score at least 37, but meet the minimum entry score of at least 20 on the COMPASS Algebra exam will be placed in the appropriate level of LS Mathematics.
Take the COMPASS Placement Exam Seriously.
Prepare for the COMPASS Placement Exam(s) by viewing www.act.org and other COMPASS websites.
What is an option for improving the COMPASS score? Atlanta Metropolitan State College offers a "boot camp" designed to prepare students for success on the English, Mathematics, and Reading placement exams. The program is called Pre-Matriculation or Pre-MAT. For more information on Pre-MAT visit the campus website.
Phone Contact Information:
AMSC Testing Center 404-756-4783
Academic Advising Center 404-756-3813