CSU’s Composition Placement Procedures Table

The table below illustrates CSU’s Composition Placement procedures.  Match your highest test score (on the ACT, SAT, TOEFL IBT/PBT, IELTS or PTE) to the appropriate section of the “Standardized Test Scores” column and the corresponding “Placement Procedure” column.  Note that students admitted to CSU without any test scores will place automatically into Group 3.

Standardized Test Scores Placement  Procedure
GROUP I: Students with 

  • ACT COMPOSITE score, 26 or higher OR
  • SAT Verbal/Critical Reading score, 600 or higher OR
  • SAT Evidence Based Reading/Writing score, 650 or higher OR
  • Successful Completion of CO130: Academic Writing
Automatic Placement in CO150: College Composition

Students who wish to challenge this placement and to test out of CO150 may write the Composition Placement Challenge and Re-evaluation Essay.

GROUP 2: Students with 

  • ACT COMPOSITE score, 18-25 OR
  • SAT Verbal/Critical Reading score, 500-599 OR
  • SAT Evidence Based Reading/Writing score, 550-649 OR
  • TOEFL IBT Total score, 79 or higher OR
  • TOEFL PBT Total score, 550 or higher OR
  • IELTS Overall score, 6.5 or higher OR
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) – 53 or higher

 

Complete the Directed Self-Placement (DSP) Survey

The Directed Self-Placement (DSP) Survey is designed to help you

  • review your critical reading and writing practices and abilities;
  • understand what will be expected of you in CSU’s college-level composition courses; and
  • decide which composition course—CO130: Academic Writing or CO150: College Composition—is right for you.

 

A link to the DSP can be found on your RAMweb homepage, listed alphabetically under the heading, Registration.

GROUP 3: Students admitted without standardized test scores, OR Students with

  • ACT COMPOSITE score, 17 or lower OR
  • SAT Verbal/Critical Reading score, 499 or lower OR
  • SAT Evidence Based Reading/Writing score, 549 or lower OR
  • TOEFL IBT Total score, 78 or lower OR
  • TOEFL PBT Total score, 549 or lower OR
  • IELTS Overall score, 6.4 or lower OR
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) – 52 or lower

 

 

Automatic Placement in CO130: Academic Writing
We understand that standardized tests don’t always fully reflect your scholastic abilities and motivation for success. Writing the Composition Placement Challenge and Re-evaluation Essay is your opportunity to place directly into CO150, rather than taking CO130.If you have been admitted to CSU without test scores, we strongly recommend that you write the Composition Placement Challenge and Re-evaluation Essay. The majority of transfer students place into CO150 upon writing the Re-evaluation Essay, which means they are not required to take CO130.