University of Southern Indiana

Placement Testing in Reading

The University has mandatory reading placement. Based on their SAT Critical Reading (SATR) or ACT Reading (ACTR) score, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) section score, and/or transfer credit, some students will be required to take an entry-level reading course. Students without information will need to take a reading placement test in Academic Skills.

Students will place into one of two reading levels:

  • University Level indicates that the student is capable of reading independently and ready to enroll in reading-intense college courses.

Students will be exempt from a reading course if they meet one of these criteria:

  • SAT Critical Reading score of 23 or higher
  • SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section score of 490 or higher
  • ACT Reading score of 17 or higher
  • 9+ hours of transfer credit
  • Placement test Reading Comprehension score of 80 or higher.

Students will place into GENS 151 based on these criteria:

  • SAT Critical Reading score less than 23
  • SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score less than 490 
  • ACT Reading score less than 17
  • Placement test Reading Comprehension score less than 80.

A reading placement test will be given to students who do not have SAT/ACT scores or transfer credit.

GENS 151:

It is recommended that students enrolled in a full semester GENS 151 course also enroll in one of the following courses concurrently: History 101, 102, 111, 112; Economics 175; Sociology 121; or Biology 105.

Questions regarding reading placement can be directed to Lori Saxby, Reading Specialist, in Academic Skills at 812/464-1743 or lsaxby@usi.edu.

Education Center Room 1111   812/464-1743   acadskil@usi.edu

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