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 5 years old), or
- COMPASS or ACCUPLACER 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 -490 and above|
|Reading||Reading -19 and above||Reading -500 and above|
|Math||Math - 19 and above||Math - 500 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 ACCUPLACER 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 Support in Math competencies
For students 21 years of age or older who do not have valid ACT or SAT scores, Accuplacer testing is required. Please refer to the ACCUPLACER section of this website for details about this test.
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 placement in the Learning Support program. A student will then be advised as to the requirements they must meet under the LS criteria. Please contact the University Advisement Center at 423-439-5244 with questions about Developmental Studies Program to Learning Support Program conversion requirements.
Students who wish to challenge their placement in Learning Support courses may do so by taking the ACCUPLACER test prior to the beginning of the term. Students who have previously enrolled in a Learning Support course 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 ACCUPLACER. A $30.00 fee is charged for the challenge test. Contact the University Advisement Center at 423-439-5244 to schedule the test.
Following are the cut-off scores that need to be met in order to be exempt from Learning Support classes:
Reading - 250
English - 250
Math - 250
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. Learning Support requirements in Mathematics may also be met by completing the Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support (SAILS) program prior to beginning courses at ETSU and presenting that certificate of completion to the UAC office.
Students required to complete learning support in Math must enroll in a learning support-designated section of MATH 1530 (section numbers L01 L99). Learning Support requirements in Mathematics may also be met by completing the Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support (SAILS) program prior to beginning courses at ETSU and presenting that certificate of completion to the UAC office.
Students required to complete learning support in writing must enroll in a learning support-designated section of ENGL1010 (section numbers L01 L99)
Students required to complete learning support in reading must enroll in a learning support-designated section of SPCH 1300 (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.
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 is advised. Learning Support faculty have the authority to assign an F to students who exceed the maximum number of absences.
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).
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