Initial placement in college-level courses is based upon SAT/ACT scores and/or college transcripts. 

Guidelines for placement in college level courses:

  • Students who score 490 on the SAT-Math, or 20 ACT-Math, may enroll in college level math classes.
  • Students who scare a 500 on the Critical Reading and Writing sections of the SAT Reasoning test, or 21 on the ACT English of English/Writing Test, may enroll in college level English.
  • Students who have completed acceptable college courses in English composition and/or mathematics mar enroll in appropriate courses on the recommendation of their advisers.
  • Students who have completed an earned Associates or higher degree mar enroll in college level courses.
  • Students who completed basic level courses in math and/or English with a grade of “C” or better may enroll in college level classes.
  • Students who score less than 500 on the Critical Reading and Writing sections of the SAT or less than 21 on the ACT English or English/Writing Test may enroll in college-level course if they pass a placement test administered be the Humanities Department. The Placement Test is usually given the first day of New Student Orientation in the fall and spring and the first day of classes by arrangement during the summer.

Guidelines for placement in development level courses are the following:

  • Students who do not meet any of the criteria indicated in the guidelines above.
  • Students who do not provide official SAT or ACT scores
  • A Math placement test will be administered to student in the development courses. Outcomes may allow for placement into a college level math course for degree credit.
  • A Reading placement test will be administered to students in the development courses. Outcomes may allow for placement into another English course.
  • A Writing placement text will be administered to students in the development courses. Outcomes may allow for placement into another English course.

It is required that students pass both English 100-WAC 011 and English 101-RCA 021 before taking English 120.  Math and English placement tests will take place according to the following schedule. 

  • St. Thomas Campus
    • English test: Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Math test: Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
      Registration is at 8:30 a.m. for English  and registration for Math is at 12:30 p.m.. in the CAB computer lab in room 103.
    • English test: Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Math test: Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
      Registration is at 8:30 a.m. for English  and registration for Math is at 12:30 p.m.. in the CAB computer lab in room 103.
    • The UVI placement test can be only taken once.
  • Albert A. Sheen Campus - St. Croix
    • English test: Saturday, July 19th, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Math test: Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
      Registration is at 8:30 a.m. for English  and registration for Math is at 12:30 p.m.. in the North West Wing (NWW) in room 131. 
    • English test: Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. Math test: Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
      Registration is at 8:30 a.m. for English  and registration for Math is at 12:30 p.m.. in the North West Wing (NWW) in room 131.
    • The UVI placement test can be only taken once.

The tests are computer-based and are administered simultaneously. A valid picture ID and UVI student number is required.  Calculators will NOT be permitted in the math placement test. A preparation guide is available.  For reading and writing, sample tests can be found at www.accuplacer.org. And for the mathematics placement test, sample tests can be found at http://tinyurl.com/UVImathplacement. Students who wish to take these tests should call (340) 693-1583 (St. Thomas) or (340) 692-4140 (St. Croix).  Further information on English and Math tests may be obtained from lwymer@uvi.edu.