Placement

ACT and SAT Placement Exams

Because the ACT and SAT examinations are used nationwide and have proved to be reliable and valid measures of ability, the University uses the results to determine placement in Math and English courses. (See Placement Exam chart below.)

Placement Options

To fulfill the math requirement, students are required to complete one of the following: MATH 115 Practical Mathematics, MATH 125 College Algebra I, MATH 126 Introduction to Logic, or MATH 250 College Algebra II & Trigonometry. Students also have the following options for meeting the MATH 125 course requirements:

  • Take the math CLEP exam and earn a qualifying score;
  • Transfer an equivalent course from another college or university.

All students are required to complete ENG 124 Rhetoric and Research or ENG 126 Honors Rhetoric and Research. Students have the following options for meeting this requirement:

  • Take the appropriate English CLEP exam and earn a qualifying score;
  • Take ENG 126 Honors Rhetoric and Research if the student’s ACT score is 24 or above;
  • Transfer an equivalent course from another college or university.

Placement Exam Chart

Math*

ACT Under 18 or SAT Under 420 Must take MATH 115 – Practical Mathematics
ACT 18-24 or SAT 420-550 Must take MATH 125 – College Algebra I
ACT Above 24 or SAT Above 550 May take MATH 250 – College Algebra II and Trigonometry
ACT Above 24 or SAT Above 550 May take MATH 126 – Introduction to Logic

*Students who wish to take a math course outside of this rubric may take a university-administered mathematics placement exam. Please contact the Arts & Sciences administrative assistant to arrange for an exam.

English

ACT under 24 or SAT under 550 Must take ENG 124, Rhetoric and Research
ACT 24 - 30 or SAT 550 to 699 May take ENG 126, Honors Rhetoric and Research
ACT over 30 or SAT 700 or above May either take ENG 126, the appropriate CLEP exam, or the appropriate transferable course.

CLEP Exams

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) offers an opportunity to earn college level credit for knowledge already acquired. North Central University accepts CLEP credits as transfer credits to meet the equivalent course requirements. 

    Any student may take a CLEP exam, but statistics indicate that chances of passing are diminished if the ACT individual score is lower than 23. Double credit may not be received by taking the course in addition to passing the CLEP test. CLEP credit will only be granted in areas where coursework has not been taken. The subject exams are recommended by NCU, but the general exams will also be accepted. Effective Fall 2005, NCU will no longer accept CLEP credits for the Language Requirement.



CLEP Testing Dates, Fees and Deadlines

The CLEP test is administered at more than 1,300 locations throughout the United States. The institution administering the exam establishes the testing dates and fees. To find out when and where a CLEP test will be administered, please contact: 

College Level Examination Program

PO Box 6600

Princeton, NJ 08541-6600

609.771.7865

e-mail: clep@ets.org

When taking the exam, use CLEP code 6505 to have your scores forwarded to North Central University. You can find more CLEP information at www.collegeboard.org. Specific information regarding tests and course requirements can be found in the Registrar’s Office. 

    All CLEP exam scores must be sent to North Central within the initial 65 credits of a student’s program to be accepted toward degree requirements.

English Requirement

All students are required to complete 9 credits of English in order to become eligible to receive a baccalaureate degree from NCU. ENG 124 – Rhetoric and Research – is considered the institution’s foundational level English course, the skills of which are necessary for success in most other NCU courses. Therefore, in an effort to insure student success, all baccalaureate degree-seeking students will be required to take North Central’s ENG 124 or ENG 126 (Honor’s Rhetoric and Research) during their first or second semester of full-time enrollment. Students whose verbal ACT scores are under 24 MUST take ENG 124, Rhetoric and Research. Students whose verbal ACT scores are between 24 and 30 may take ENG 126, Honors Rhetoric and Research. Students who have taken this course equivalency elsewhere (as determined by the English Department and the Registrar’s Office) may transfer this course into North Central upon matriculation. Student applicants who have taken the NCU-approved CLEP exam for this course, or who have an acceptable AP score, may also transfer these credits prior to attending North Central University. Before the start of each semester, the enrollment will be checked to see that all full time students have one of the following on their student records: a successfully completed ENG 124 or ENG 126 course from NCU, current registration for ENG 124 or 126 in the upcoming semester, or acceptable transfer credit from another school, CLEP, or AP exam. Any student who does not meet one of the above criteria within one (1) week prior to the start of semester two of full-time enrollment may have his/her schedule rebuilt around this academic requirement. Continual enrollment of this class is required of all full time students until it is successfully completed. Successful completion of ENG124 or ENG126 requires a grade of C or better. 

 

Departmental Requirements

Each academic department is charged with the responsibility to maintain high academic and professional standards for students pursuing majors within that department. In order to fulfill this responsibility, departments may require students to participate in non-credit, co-curricular activities. Examples of such activities include ensembles, ministry credits, research, etc. Students' status within their chosen major may depend on participation in these activities. For more details on these requirements, students may contact their advisors or department chairs.