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 scores that are less than 5 years old), or
- COMPASS or ACCUPLACER test scores (applicable for students with no valid ACT or SAT scores), or
- Transfer coursework
The required scores to be exempt from Learning Support (LS) requirements with either ACT or SAT scores are as follows:
English: 18 and above
Reading: 19 and above
Math: 19 and above
Comparable SAT subscore
English: 490 and above
Reading: 500 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 passing transfer credit in college-level Math and/or English.
For transfer coursework:
- 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
- Students with a passing grade in any college level Mathematics course will be exempt from Learning Support Math competencies
For students 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.
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 coursework 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.
Below 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
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. 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.
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.
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 COMM 2025 (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 courses 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 advisor is recommended. Learning Support faculty have the authority to assign an "F" grade 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).