May 26, 2020  
2019-2020 Student Handbook and Undergraduate Catalog 
  
2019-2020 Student Handbook and Undergraduate Catalog

Basic Skills Requirements For Colleges & Universities


Arkansas law requires that all students enrolling in state-supported colleges and universities demonstrate mastery of basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. Students who fail to achieve designated scores on the various components of the ACCUPLACER or ACT test will be required to successfully complete developmental education courses. Developmental courses are not counted toward degree requirements or calculated in the grade point average.

Students whose test scores do not exempt them from basic studies are required to enroll in developmental coursework each enrollment period until the above requirements have been met. Enrollment in and satisfactory completion of required developmental courses is a condition of admission to the college in accordance with state regulations.

First-time entering undergraduate students must meet the following placement standards prior to enrollment in mathematics or English composition courses:

Mathematics: Students scoring 19 or above on the mathematics section of the ACT, or math score of 256 or above on the ACCUPLACER NG test, may enroll in college-level mathematics courses. Students not meeting the standard must successfully complete a developmental (pre-college level) mathematics course or courses.

English Composition: Students scoring 19 or above on the English section of the ACT, 263 or above on the ACCUPLACER NG test, may enroll in college-level English courses. Students not meeting these standards must successfully complete a developmental course in English grammar and/or a writing fundamentals course before being enrolled in English Comp I.

Reading: Students scoring 19 or above on the Reading Section of the ACT, Reading Score of 263 or above on the ACCUPLACER NG test will be considered to have met minimal reading skill requirements. Students not meeting the standard shall enroll in a developmental program in reading during their first semester in college and each subsequent semester (if necessary) until the course is successfully completed. English Comp I may be taken concurrent with or subsequent to any required developmental reading course. Appropriate tests for placement must be completed by students prior to entering a degree, diploma, or technical certificate program or prior to enrolling in mathematics or English course.

NOTE: All first-time entering students who are seeking a degree at SEARK College or any other State college or university may be admitted as “Conditional Prep” students under the following conditions: ACT Composite Score below 11; ACCUPLACER NG Reading Score below 220-236. Each Conditional Prep student will be entered in a Student Success Plan to ensure that the student has the Ability to Benefit in college.