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Oklahoma State University

English Placement

Every first-time entering OSU student (new freshman or transfer student with fewer than 24 hours) is provided an Entry Level Placement Assessment (ELPA) report that contains recommendations for course placement. These recommendations follow OSU guidelines that have been approved by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE). OSRHE policy on student assessment and remediation also requires students with basic academic skills deficiencies or lacking curriculum requirements in four subject areas (English, mathematics, reading, and science) to remediate those deficiencies. OSU also places enrollment restrictions on certain courses that must be satisfied by meeting placement requirements.  The following placement information pertains to English courses.

Enrollment Restrictions,  Placement Requirements, and Required Remediation

There are no enrollment restrictions or placement requirements for English courses for a student who meets the following criteria:

  • The student's ACT English subscore is 19 or greater, OR
  • The student's ACT English subscore is between 14 and 18 and the student's PGI coefficient for English is 2.0 or greater.  The PGI (Predicted Grade Index) coefficient represents a student's predicted grade in selected entry-level courses.  Predictions are based on formulas using high school GPA, high school core curriculum grades, and ACT subscores.

OSU requires the completion of a remedial/developmental English course (UNIV 0133 at OSU or equivalent) when:

  • The student's ACT English subscore is below 14, OR
  • The student's ACT English subscore is between 14 and 18 and AND the student's PGI coefficient for English is below 2.0, OR
  • Curricular deficiencies in English are indicated.  Curricular deficiencies occur if the student did not complete the required number of high school units in the subject area.

OSRHE policy further requires that the student must satisfactorily complete the required remedial/developmental English course within the first 24 hours of college-level coursework at OSU (excluding repeats, pass/fail and 0-level courses). A student who does not remediate the deficiency during this time period must attend another institution until the work is completed.

Alternate Methods for English Remediation

Students may also satisfy the English remediation requirement by:

  • Scoring 86 or greater on the OSU English Placement Exam (ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills).
  • Scoring a 19 or greater on the English section of the National ACT Exam
  • Scoring a 14 to 18 on the English section of the National ACT Exam AND having a PGI coefficient score of 2.0 or greater (Note: PGI scores cannot be used to meet curricular deficiencies)
  • Scoring a 19 or greater on the English section of the ACT Residual Exam
  • Scoring a 14 to 18 on the English section of the ACT Residual Exam AND having a PGI coefficient score of 2.0 or greater (Note: PGI scores cannot be used to meet curricular deficiencies)
  • Successfully completing UNIV 0133 or equivalent