English Placement

English Placement

To ensure broad communication competence is addressed and developed at the beginning of a student’s university career, it is a University requirement that all students are required to earn six credits in the ISUComm Foundation Courses, English 150, normally taken in the first year and English 250, normally taken in the second year.

English 150. Critical Thinking and Communication. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.SS. Prereq: Concurrent enrollment in LIB 160 is recommended. Application of critical reading and thinking abilities to topics of civic and cultural importance. Introduction of basic oral, visual, and electronic communication principles to support writing development. Initiation of communication portfolio.

English 250. Written, Oral, Visual, and Electronic Composition. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.SS. Prereq: ENGL 150 or exemption from ENGL 150; sophomore classification or exemption from ENGL 150; credit for or concurrent enrollment in LIB 160. Analyzing, composing, and reflecting on written, oral, visual, and electronic (WOVE) discourse within academic, civic, and cultural contexts. Emphasis on supporting a claim and using primary and secondary sources. Continued development of communication portfolio.

English 250H. Written, Oral, Visual, and Electronic Composition: Honors. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Exemption from ENGL 150 and admission to Freshman Honors Program; credit for or concurrent enrollment in LIB 160. In-depth analysis, composition, and reflection on written, oral, visual, and electronic (WOVE) discourse with academic, civic, and cultural contexts. Emphasis on argumentation: developing claims, generating reasons, providing evidence. Individual sections organized by special topics. Development of communication portfolio.

Students whose first language is English and who demonstrate certain levels of proficiency may be placed directly into English 250 or 250H. In order to meet the 6 credit hour graduation requirement, students placed in English 250 or 250H earn an additional 3 hours of “T” credit if they meet the placement criteria below AND receive a “C” or better in English 250/250H taken at Iowa State University.

Placement criteria for students whose first language is English:

If you do not have transfer credit in English composition, placement in English will be based on your official ACT-E or SAT-V scores and final high school rank according to the following guidelines:

  • If you have an ACT-E score of 24 or higher, or SAT-V of 550 or higher, you will be placed in English 250.
  • If you have an ACT-E score of 23 or SAT-V of 540 with a high school rank of 75% or higher, you will be placed in English 250.
  • If you do not meet the above placement criteria for English 250, you will be placed in English 150.
  • If you do not have ACT-E or SAT-V scores, you will be placed in English 150.
  • If you have an ACT-E score below 16 or an SAT-V below 410 you are expected to supplement your work in English 150 with regular appointments with the Writing and Media Center.

Placement criteria for students whose first language is not English:

  • If you are a student whose first language is not English, and you graduated from a U.S. high school AND have an ACT-E score of 16 or higher or SAT-V of 410 or higher. Your English placement will be determined according to the criteria above for students whose first language is English.
  • If you are a student whose first language is not English and you do not meet both of the above criteria, you are required to register for the English Placement Test for Non-Native Speakers of English at http://apling.public.iastate.edu/ept.html. Instructions for registering as well as dates and locations of the test will be posted at this website prior to the start of the semester.

Advanced Placement (AP) and Transfer Placement

Some students bring English credits based on AP exams or transfer coursework.

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit for English 150

  • English Language and Composition Exam.  Students who earn a score of 3 or better receive credit by examination, “T” credit, for English 150.
  • English Literature and Composition Exam.  Students who earn a score of 4 or better receive credit by examination, “T” credit, for English 150. Students who have already placed into English 250 because of an ACT-E or SAT-V scores will receive 3 credits of English 100P (ADVL-GEN LITERATUR).

Students do not receive credit for English 250 based on Advanced Placement (AP) Exam scores.

Transfer Placement

ISU’s English Composition curriculum is built around an innovative WOVE (Written, Oral, Visual and Electronic) pedagogy, so all students are encouraged to take their English courses, especially English 250, at Iowa State.

Students with transfer credit will be placed in English 150 or 250 depending on the coursework they have taken. Please see Transfer Credit Policies.

When does English 150 “T” credit appear on the student’s transcript?

English 150 “T” credit is recorded on a student’s transcript after the student receives a “C“ or better in English 250 taken at Iowa State University.  We do not attach English 150 “T” credit to courses taken at other colleges or universities.

If the 3 “T” credits for English 150 do not appear on the student’s permanent record, the student’s adviser must submit an online Degree Audit Adjustment Form (DAAF) filling out the ISUComm Foundation Requirement Changes section to request the 150 “T” credit.

When do students not earn “T” credit for English 150?

Students who do not earn a “C “or better on their first try in English 250 or who drop English 250 on their first try may repeat English 250 to earn a “C” or better and still receive “T” credit for English 150.  Students who do not earn a grade of “C” or higher after two tries forfeit their exemption.  At that point, they need to enroll in English 150.

We do not attach English 150 “T” credit to courses taken at other colleges or universities. Therefore, students who take English 250 at a college or university other than ISU forfeit their English 150 exemption. Students who come to ISU with credit for English 250, but not credit for English 150, will be advised to take an advanced communication course (English 275, 302, 309, 312, 313, or 314) to complete their sequence of composition courses. Before this is done, they must receive permission from their adviser and approval from the ISUComm Foundation Courses office. For approval from the ISUComm Foundation Courses office, the student’s adviser must submit an online Degree Audit Adjustment Form (DAAF) filling out the ISUComm Foundation Requirement Changes section by listing the advanced communication course (English 275, 302, 309, 312, 313, or 314) the student plans to take at ISU in place of English 150.

 

Contact Information

Deanna Stumbo
Foundation Courses Office
229 Ross Hall
(515) 294-3516
stumbo@iastate.edu

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