English Composition Placement

Information for English Placement

Southeast Missouri State University uses the ACT English subscore or the SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing 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.

English ACT Score SAT Evidenced-based Reading and Writing Testing/Placement Placement Test-Score Placement Test-Result
0-17 0-429 May opt to take WP001 to place higher (must score 3.5 or higher) or take EN099+EN100A 0-3 EN099 + EN100 (taken concurrently)
18-36 430+ Placement in EN100; no testing 3.5-6 EN100

Students entering without ACT or SAT scores are given the option to take the WP001 English placement exam. If a student is placed into EN099/100 co-requisite due to no ACT, SAT, or writing placement score and fails to take the placement exam before the completion of Week One of the semester in which they attend EN099/100, the student will forfeit the privilege to take the writing placement exam. English placement information is available at the Center for Writing Excellence. Visit Writing Proficiency Exams for more information on the English placement exam.

Students will complete the English placement exam online prior to First STEP orientation. Please refer to New Student Programs - First STEP Orientation for orientation dates.


Memorial Hall 103
Center for Writing Excellence
One University Plaza, MS 4185
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701