General Information

General Information

Assessment and Placement -- Students are assessed for Learning Support (LS) competency requirements based on:

  • Valid ACT or SAT scores - (valid ACT or SAT scores are those scores that are less than 3 years old), or
  • COMPASS test scores (used for students with no valid ACT or SAT scores), or
  • Transfer course work

The required scores to be exempt from Learning Support (LS) requirements with either ACT or SAT scores are as follows:

LS Content Area ACT subscore Comparable SAT subscore
Writing English -18 and above English -450 and above
Reading Reading -19 and above Reading -460 and above
Math Math - 19 and above Math - 460 and above

* Note: Students with a valid composite ACT score of 26 and above or SAT of 1170 and above are exempt from all Learning Support competency requirements regardless of subscores.

Transfer students are required to test the appropriate areas of COMPASS if they are transferring to ETSU without college-level Math or English. For transfer course work:

  • Students with a passing grade in any college level English course will be exempt from Learning Support English competencies
  • Students with a passing grade in any general education course will be exempt from Learning Support Reading competencies (please refer to this link for a listing of general education courses
  • Students with a passing grade in any college level Mathematics course will be exempt from learning Suuport in Math competencies

For students 21 years of age or older who do not have valid ACT or SAT scores, the COMPASS is required. Please refer to the COMPASS section of this website for details about this test.

Completing unmet Developmental Studies Program (DSP) requirements. Prior to May 2012, a student may have been assessed for the Developmental Studies Program (DSP) and have course requirements under the previous DSP program. Any course work completed under the previous DSP program will be considered for competency placement in the Learning Support program. A student will then be advised as to the remaining requirements they must meet under the LS criteria. Plese contact the University Advisement Center at 423-439-5244 with questions about Developmental Studies Program to Learning Support Program conversion requirements.

Challenging Learning Support placement. Students who wish to challenge their placement in DSP courses may do so by taking the COMPASS test prior to the beginning of the term. Students who have previously enrolled in a Learning Support lab and failed to complete the requirements may not challenge Learning Support placement. Students who have previously enrolled in a Developmental Studies course and failed to complete the course may not challenge their placement by taking the COMPASS. A $20.00 fee is charged for the challenge test. Contact the University Advisement Center at 423-439-5244 to schedule the test.

Meeting Learning Support Requirements

Learning Support requirements are met by taking enhanced General Education courses in the area of learning support need, which is determined by ACT/SAT scores. These enhanced course rubrics and ACT/SAT test score cutoffs are listed in the tables below.

Mathematics Placement

Students required to complete learning support in Math must enroll in a learning support-designated section of MATH1530 (section numbers L01 – L99)

English/Writing Placement 

Students required to complete learning support in writing must enroll in a learning support-designated section of ENGL1010 (section numbers L01 – L99)

Reading Placement

Students required to complete learning support in reading must enroll in a learning support-designated section of SOCI1020 (section numbers L01 – L99) or SPOH1300 (section numbers L01 - L99).

*Note: Learning Support Reading is a prerequisite for the majority of courses offered at ETSU. However, a student requiring LS Reading will be able to take a full course load while completing the reading requirement.

Credit Hours/Grading Criteria -- Learning Support labs are non-credit and non-graded.  

Attendance Policy -- The attendance policy for Learning Support labs follows the University class attendance policy as outlined in the ETSU catalog. The maximum number of allowable absences depends on departmental absentee policies; see your syllabus for your instructor's exact policy.

Students with excessive absences realistically need to consider the distinct possibility that they may not be able to complete the course successfully. Consulting with their academic counselor isadvised. Learning Support faculty have the authority to assign an F to students who exceed the maximum number of absences.

Drop/Add Policy -- Once a Learning Support course is added to a student's schedule it cannot be dropped without written permission of the director of the University Advisement Center. Check with the University Advisement Center for more information (423-439-5244).

Tutoring--Please visit the Center for Academic Achievement for a variety of tutoring services:
http://www.etsu.edu/academicaffairs/cfaa/