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Placement Tests and Required Courses

  • ENGLISH PLACEMENT TEST. All international students whose native language is not English are required to take the English Placement Test, prior to enrollment, for the purpose of validating previous English study and/or placement in English courses, including English as a Second Language (ESL) and/or English composition. The cost of the English placement test is $20. To take the English Placement test, a student must bring an id. Students who score below the established norm for placement in ESL 1010 will not take regular courses which require reading and writing (for example psychology, US History and literature) until their English is at an acceptable level.
  • ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL). Unless specifically exempted by the English Placement Test score, all international students are required to take ESL 1010 and 1020 during their first two semesters at Tennessee Tech. International students will take ESL courses concurrently with their major program of study courses. ESL 1010 and 1020 are prerequisites to English 1010 and 1020, as well as to American History 2010 and 2020.
  • ACCUPLACER TEST. The ACCUPLACER math test will be administered to first-semester undergraduate international students who score less than 19 in the math portion of the ACT or less than 430 in the math portion of the SAT prior to enrollment. Some undergraduate international students are required to take the English and reading portions of the ACCUPLACER test after passing the English Placement test or completing the ESL (English as a Second Language) course requirements. The purpose of these tests is to validate previous math and English study and/or placement in math and English courses. 
  • AMERICAN HISTORY. All undergraduate international students who have not completed one unit in American history at the secondary school level or six hours of American history in previous college work must enroll in American history the first semester in residence and continue in consecutive semesters until they have earned six hours of American history (History 2010 and 2020), if exempted from ESL 1010 and 1020. International students who are required to take ESL 1010 and 1020 must enroll in American history upon completion of the ESL courses and continue in consecutive semesters until they have earned six hours in American history (History 2010 and 2020)

Test Scores

Reading

ACCUPLACER Reading ACT Reading SAT Reading & Writing TOEFL (IBT) IELTS

Course Placement

< 205 12 < < 390 < 60 5.5 International students take ESL1010 or receive tutoring and retest
205 - 222 13 - 14 400 - 430 61 - 69 6.0 International students take ESL1020 or receive tutoring and retest
223 - 249 15 - 18 440 - 490 70 to 78 6.0 Enroll in READ1010*
250 - 300 19 - 36 500 - 800 79 or above 6.5 or above No reading course required

Writing

ACCUPLACER Writing Score ACT English Subscore SAT Reading & Writing TOEFL (IBT) IELTS Course Placement

< 205

12 - Jan

< 390

< 60

5.5

International students take ESL1010 or receive tutoring and retest

205 - 222

13 - 14

400 - 430

61 - 69

6.0

International students take ESL1020 or receive tutoring and retest

223 - 249

15 - 17

440 - 490

70 to 78

6.0

Take ENGL1020 or receive tutoring and retest

250 - 300

18 - 36

500 - 800

79 or above

6.5 or above

ENGL1010

Math

ACCUPLACER

ACT

Math

SAT

Math

Course Placement*  
ACCUPLACER < 225 < 15 < 400 Receive tutoring and retest.

Elementary

Algebra

Section

225 - 237 15 - 16 400 - 460

L section MATH1000

L section MATH1010

L section MATH1530

  238 - 249 17 - 18 470 - 500

MATH1000

L section MATH1010

L section MATH1130

L section MATH1530

  250 - 300 19 - 21 510 - 530 MATH1130 or engineering math

ACCUPLACER

College-Level

Math

231 - 250 22 - 24 540 - 580 MATH1710 & 1720
Section 251 - 259 25 - 26 590 - 630 MATH1730
  260 - 300 27 - 36 640 - 800 MATH1910 Calculus I

Student who do not have ACT or SAT scores in Mathematics or any Math transfer credit via exam or university transfer credit will be required to take the Math portion of the ACCUPLACER.

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