Regional Campus Placement Exams

The English and Math Placement Exams are offered in Kennett, Malden and Sikeston. Registration is available online for each of the three locations. For additional information, please contact the campus directly. Photo ID required for testing.

Register Online for the English or Math Placement Exam 

English Placement

Southeast Missouri State University uses the ACT English subscore to determine a student’s placement in the appropriate English course. This measurement is an indicator of the student’s language skills and helps to identify the appropriate beginning English course to maximize the student’s chance to be successful.

  • An ACT English subscore of 22 or better is required to place into EN100 – English Composition.
  • An ACT English subscore of 21 or below places in EN099 – Writing skills Workshop.
  • Students entering without ACT scores will be required to take the English Placement exam.

Math Placement Exam

Southeast Missouri State University uses the ACT Math subscore to determine a student's placement in the appropriate math course. This measurement is an indicator of the student's math ability and helps to identify the appropriate beginning math course to maximize the student's chance to be successful.

The following are the ACT score ranges used for course placement:

ACT Math Subscore COMPASS Test & Required Score Math Course Placement

Pre-Algebra Test

MA050 Basic Math Skills
Logical Systems with Lab or
15 - 21 Algebra Test
Logical Systems with Lsab or
Logical Systems
22+ College Algebra Test
Logical Systems
MA139 Applied Calculus
24+ College Algebra Test
MA139 Applied Calculus
26+ College Algebra Test
Trigonometry Test
MA140 Analytic Geometry
and Calculus I

NOTE: Students who do not have an ACT Math Sub-Score or SAT Math Score on file will automatically be placed into MA050. Students can take the appropriate COMPASS Test ONCE to attempt to place into another math course

Please visit the Department of Mathematicsweb site for information on the MA101 - Beginning Algebra course or for information about the MA050 - Basic Math Skills course.

Optional Math Placement Exam

As a service to students, Southeast Missouri State University offers an optional math placement test for:

  • Students without ACT Math subscores who want to qualify for a math level above MA050
  • Students with ACT Math subscores that do not meet placement requirements
  • Students who want to demonstrate the ability to qualify for a higher-level math course

Testing Services administers the ACT COMPASS exam as an option for determining math placement. Like the standard ACT Math subscore, the COMPASS Math score is an indicator of a student's math ability and can be used to identify the appropriatecourse placement. Immediately after testing, the student will receive a report containing the score and an explanation of the corresponding math course placement.

The COMPASS exam is an untimed computer-based test. It must be taken in person at a certified, proctored location as detailed below.

Pre-registration for the COMPASS optional math placement test is required for both on-campus and remote testing locations.

Registration, Fees and Location

Students can register to take the COMPASS administered by Testing Services at one of the Regional Campuses in Kennett, Malden or Sikeston.

Test dates are listed in the registration form.

Test takers must use their Student ID number to register.

There is a $20 fee for the exam that will be charged to the student’s account.

Preparing for the Math Placement Test

The math placement test could cover the following areas:

  • Numerical skills/pre-algebra
  • Beginning algebra/intermediate algebra
  • College algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Additional resources are available through Brazosport College.

Test Day: When to Arrive and What to Bring

  • Arrive 15 minutes before the test time.
  • Bring the printed test confirmation email
  • Bring a Photo-ID (i.e., driver’s license, student ID, etc.)
  • Have available the test taker’s University ID number (S########) if known
  • Calculators are not-permitted; test takers will have access to a built-in calculator

For questions and help with online registration, please call Testing Services at 573-651-2836.

Regional Campus Information

Southeast Missouri State University - Kennett

1230 First Street
Kennett, MO 63857

Telephone: (573) 888-0513
Fax:(573) 888-1583

Southeast Missouri State University - Malden

700 North Douglass
Malden, Missouri 63863

Telephone: (573) 276-4577
Fax: (573) 276-4070

Southeast Missouri State University - Sikeston

2401 N. Main
Sikeston, MO 63801
Telephone: (573) 472-3210
Fax: (573) 472-4689


Kent Library Room 108
Testing Services
One University Plaza, MS 3970
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701