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Multiple Measures

Multiple Measures for Placement Policy

The Multiple Measures for Placement Policy establishes a hierarchy of measures that colleges will use to determine students' readiness for college-level courses:

  1. A recent high school graduate who meets the specified GPA benchmark will be exempt from diagnostic placement testing and will be considered "college-ready" for gateway math and English courses.
  2. If a recent high school graduate does not meet the GPA benchmark, the college will use specified ACT or SAT subject area test scores to determine placement.
  3. If a recent high school graduate does not meet the GPA threshold or have college-ready ACT or SAT scores, the college will administer the diagnostic placement test to determine placement.
  4. If an applicant does not have a recent high school transcript or ACT or SAT scores, the college will administer the diagnostic placement test to determine placement.

 

Multiple Measures for Placement Policy
GPA              Information
Unweighted GPA =  or > 2.6 Four High School Math Courses* Student is college ready for any gateway math course and any course that has a DMA prerequisite. Colleges may require students to take a supplemental math lab as a co-requisite, based on college policies.

Unweighted GPA = or > 2.6

Four High School Math Courses*

Student is college ready for any English course up to and including English 111 and any course that has a DRE prerequisite. Colleges may require students to take a supplemental English composition lab as a co-requisite, based on college policies.
Unweighted GPA < 2.6

College will evaluate subject-area ACT or SAT scores to determine if student is college ready in math and English using the following scores:

English: ACT reading 22 OR ACT English 18

             SAT Writing 500 OR SAT Critical Reading 500

Math:    ACT Math 22

             SAT Math 500 

Unweighted GPA < 2.6 and subject-area score(s) below college ready Student will take subject-area State Board-approved assessment(s) to determine placement.
Students without a recent transcript GPA or without ACT or SAT scores Student will take subject-area State Board-approved assessment(s) to determine placement.

 

 

*To be eligible for Multiple Measures for Placement, a high school student must complete four math courses, including Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra II (or the Standard Course of Study equivalents) and one additional math course.  Eligible 4th High School Math Courses for Multiple Measures Placement (see below). The System Office's Program Division will update this list as needed in consultation with the Department of Public Instruction.

 

Approved Math Courses (for 4th Math)

  • Advanced Functions and Modeling

  • Analytical Geometry

  • AP Calculus

  • AP Statistics

  • Calculus

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematics

  • IB Math Methods

  • IB Math Studies

  • Approved NC Career & College Promise Math

  • Discrete Mathematics

  • Integrated Mathematics IV

  • Pre-Calculus

  • Mindset

  • Probability and Statistics

  • Statistics

  • Trigonometry

  • Essentials for College math (SREB - Math Ready)