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Placement

Placement Information for Freshmen and New Entrants

This page lists information on English, Math, & Language Placement for Incoming Freshman and New Entrants of Howard University.

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First-Year Writing Course Placement

Placement in Freshman English is based on your SAT Writing test score (SATW) or your ACT English test score (ACTE). If the scores reported in our database are not your latest scores and your most recent scores are higher, you can provide that information to the Office of Undergraduate Studies or to the Department of English’s First-Year Writing Program Director, Dr. David Green, prior to the first day of classes to be considered for a different course. After classes have begun, no reassignment will be considered.

Please note that to remain in good standing, all students are expected to complete their first-year writing requirements within the first two semesters of attending Howard. Students who place in the advanced writing course, ENGW 103 (Persuasive Writing and Research) will complete ENGW 105 (Reflective Writing Portfolio), a 1 credit seminar course, during the Sophomore year.

If you scored below 450 on the SATW or below 18 on the ACTE, you will be registered for ENGW 101 (Rhetoric, Inquiry, and Critical Writing). Once you complete ENGW 101 with a C or better, you should plan to register for ENGW 103 (Persuasive Writing and Research) during the Spring semester of your Freshman year without exception. Once you complete ENGW 103 with a C or better, you will have completed your first-year writing requirement.

If you scored between 450 – 509 on the SATW or between 25-18 on the ACTE, you will be registered for ENGW 102 (Expository Writing and Literacy Studies). Once you complete the course with a C or better, you should plan to register for ENGW 103 (Persuasive Writing and Research) during the Spring semester of your Freshman year without exception. Once you complete ENGW 103 with a C or better, you will have completed your first-year writing requirement.

If you scored a 510 or higher on the SATW or 26 or higher on the ACTE, you will be registered for ENGW 104 (Writing, Literacy, and Discourse). Once you complete ENGW 104 with a C or better, you should plan to register for ENGW 105 (Reflective Writing Portfolio) during the first or second semester of your Sophomore year. If you earn an A or B in ENGW 104, you should plan to register ENGW 105 during the first semester of your Sophomore year; if you earn a C in ENGW 104, you should plan to register for ENGW 105 during the second semester of your Sophomore year.

If you have been invited to the College of Arts and Sciences Honors program (or to the School of Communications Annenburg Honors Program) and score 600 or higher on the SATW or 30 or higher on the ACTE, you will be registered ENGL 075 (Composition for Honors). (You may be registered for ENGW 104 until your acceptance to the honors program is official.) Once you complete ENGL 075, you should plan to register for ENGW 105 (Reflective Writing Portfolio) during the first or second semester of your Sophomore year. If you earn an A or B in ENGL 075, you should plan to register ENGW 105 during the first semester of your Sophomore year; if you earn a C in ENGL 075, you should plan to register for ENGW 105 during the second semester of your Sophomore year.

If you fail any first-year writing course with a D or F, you are required to retake that course during the semester immediately following the semester of failure.

Students who earned a 5 on the AP Language exam and who scored 510 or higher on the SATW or 26 or higher on the ACTE will receive credit for ENGW 104 and will take ENGW 105 during the second semester of the Sophomore year.

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The Math Placement Examination (MPE) is administered through McGraw-Hill’s Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) program. ALEKS is a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system that quickly and accurately assesses a student’s level of mathematic proficiency. ALEKS provides the advantages of one-on-one instruction, 24/7, from virtually any web-based computer. Upon completion of the initial diagnostic assessment, a customized learning plan will be generated for each student. Students will be able to complete their learning plan prior to taking the mandatory on-campus Math Placement Exam during New Student Orientation. The MPE results will determine math course eligibility and placement. Academic Advisers will be available during New Student Orientation to answer questions regarding major/program requirements.

Students meeting the following criteria are exempt from the Math Placement Exam:

  • Score of “3” on the Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB exam – eligible to enroll in Calculus I
  • Score of “4” or higher” on the Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB exam – will earn credit for Calculus I
  • Score of “3” on the Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus BC exam – will earn credit for Calculus I, eligible to enroll in Calculus II
  • Score of “4 or higher” on Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus BC exam – will earn credit for Calculus I and Calculus II

  • Students who enrolled at Howard in spring 2015 or before and meet the following criteria are exempt from the Math Placement Exam:

  • Score of 570 on the SAT (Math) or 23 on the ACT (Math).The student is eligible to register for College Algebra I.
  • Score of 620 on the SAT (Math) or 28 on the ACT (Math).The student is eligible to register for Calculus I.
  • Selected Howard University Math Courses:

    ACAD 014 Elementary Algebra
    ACAD 015 Intermediate Algebra
    Math 006 College Algebra I
    Math 007 Precalculus
    Math 010 College Algebra II
    Math 156 Calculus I
    Math 157 Calculus II

    Contact Dr. Daniel Williams, Associate Professor of Mathematics (dawilliams@howard.edu) or Mr. Charles Prince (Charles.prince@howard.edu), Director of Student Success & Transition in the Office for Undergraduate Studies.

    ALEKS Log-in Instructions

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The Language Placement Examination (LPE) is administered to every student who has a language requirement for their Major.

The LPE is administered through AVANT’s Placement Assessment program. AVANT’s Placement Assessment is a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system that quickly and accurately assesses a student’s level of language proficiency in Arabic, Chinese (Traditional and simplified), Spanish, French, German, and Japanese. AVANT provides the advantages of grouping and placing students, 24/7, from any web-based computer. AVANT’s Placement Assessments are quick, convenient, and engage students with real-world content in Reading, Contextualized Grammar, Writing, and Speaking.

The LPE must be taken prior to enrollment/registration, or no later than the first week of class. Exceptions can be made through Study Abroad, Transferred Credits, and/or further placement testing.

All language courses must be taken in proper sequence (e.g. “Language” 001, “Language” 002, “Language” 003, “Language” 004).

Exemptions from foreign language requirement will be made based on proctored placement examination taken on site at Howard University.

The LPE results will determine language course eligibility and placement. Academic Advisers will be available during New Student Orientation to answer questions regarding program requirements.

Students meeting the following criteria are exempt from the Language Placement Exam:

  • Score of “3” on the Advance Placement (AP) Target Language exam – eligible to enroll in “Language” 004.
  • Score of “4” or “5” on the Advance Placement (AP) Target Language exam – exempt from lower language courses (e.g. 001, 002, 003, 004) and eligible to enroll in Major/Minor sequence courses.
  • Score of “5” on the Advance Placement (AP) Target Language exam – eligible to enroll in Major/Minor sequence courses.
  • The LPE results are valid for one academic years (two semesters).

    Selected Howard University Language Courses

The first column indicates the score from the AVANT exam. The second column represents the University course equivalence to the AVANT score. The third column is a description of the University course.

AVANT SCORE UNIVERSITY LEVELS DESCRIPTION OF LEVELS
6 Major/Minor sequence courses Advanced-High, Students show a strong level of proficiency and are eligible to take Major/Minor sequence courses.
5 Language 004 Advanced-Low, Students who have completed two to three years of university-level language study and have basic understanding of grammar/ vocabulary, able to benefit from content-based instruction in language and culture.
4 Language 003 Intermediate, Students who have completed one to two years of university-level language study and have basic understanding of grammar/ vocabulary, able to benefit from content-based instruction in language and culture. Review of writing and speaking responses is recommended to make accurate placement decisions.
3 Language 002 Intermediate-Low, Students who show some competency or who have extended previous experience studying the language (3-4 years at the high school level, or limited travel abroad).
2 Language 001 Novice-High, typically students who start language study from scratch with some exposure to the language.
1 Language 001 Novice-Low, typically students who start language study from scratch with no previous exposure to the language.
0 Student cannot enroll in Language Course. Must re-take the examination. Student did not finish the examination

The department of World Languages and Cultures has the right of final approval of the accuracy of placement (i.e. deciding if the case is too high or too low).

Contact Prof. Scotto di Pompéo, Professor of French as a Second Language (paul.scottodipompeo@howard.edu) or Mr. Charles Prince (charles.prince@howard.edu), Director of Student Success & Transition in the Office for Undergraduate Studies.

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