Test Waivers

Normandale's placement tests measure a student's reading, writing and mathematical skills. Normandale's courses in reading, English and mathematics require completion of the placement tests or approval of a waiver before students can register for courses in those disciplines.

Certain other courses at Normandale may also require placement testing or approval of a waiver before a student can register for the course. Details on course requirements and prerequisites are available in the individual course descriptions.

All new degree-seeking students at Normandale should complete placement test requirements.

Transfer students who have taken college-level coursework at a regionally accredited college or university may have already satisfied some or all placement test requirements. To obtain a placement test waiver, students should submit official transcripts from all colleges they have attended. Normandale will review the transcripts and grant a placement test waiver in the associated academic skill area if the student has completed the coursework.
• Earned a grade of C or higher in a college-level English composition course (if not, the English and reading assessments are required).
• Earned at least 20 transferable semester credits with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or higher (if not, the reading assessment is required).
• Earned a grade of C or higher in a college mathematics course during the last two years (if not, the mathematics assessment is required if the student is planning to register for math class; is registering for a course with a math prerequisite; or apply to a program with a math requirement).

Students interested in possible placement test waivers must submit ACT, SAT, Advanced Placement (AP), CLEP or ACCUPLACER (CPT) results to the Office of Admissions at the time they apply for admission. Reading and writing placement scores and subject area scores are valid if taken within three calendar years, inclusive of the current year, and mathematics scores are valid for two calendar years, inclusive of the current calendar year.


Minimum Test Cut Scores for Course Placement and Placement Test Waiver

ACT SubscoreMCANew SAT*SATCourse Types

21+

Reading

1047

10th Grade Reading

480 ERW**

550

Critical Reading

Courses that designate college-level reading skills as a prerequisite

18

English

480 ERW**

550

Critical Reading

EngC 1101 - Freshmen English Composition

1148-1149

11th Grade Math

Math 1080 - Intro to Statistics

22

Math

1150-1157

11th Grade Math

Math 1020 - Math for Liberal Arts or
Math 1050 - Math Foundations 1 or
Math 1080 - Intro to Statistics

22-24

Math

1158+

11th Grade Math

530

Math

550

Math

Math 1020 - Math for Liberal Arts or
Math 1050 - Math Foundations 1 or
Math 1080 - Intro to Statistics or
Math 1100 - College Algebra

25-26

Math

Math 1500 - Pre Calculus

27+

Math

Math 1510 - Calculus 1


          Note: All scores valide for 5 years from testing date  
        * New SAT taken after March 2016   
       ** Evidenced Based Reading and Writing