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Testing and Placement

Interpretation of Scores
All entering degree-seeking students less than 21 years of age will be assessed initially for prescribed course placement according to valid ACT/SAT scores. Permissible scores are less than three years old. Students with ACT scores that are lower than 19 in reading or math or lower than 18 in English are required to undergo secondary university assessment to determine if prescribed course placement is needed. Students with mathematics scores or critical reading scores less than 460 have the same requirement.

Applicants who will be 21 years of age or older at the time of admission are required to undergo university assessment or may elect to provide ACT/SAT scores that have been taken within three years prior to the first day of the first term of enrollment. For these purposes, university assessment includes: (1) a test in writing; (2) a test in reading comprehension; and (3) a test in mathematics covering algebra skills. The Academic Assessment Placement Test is administered at MTSU through University Studies. Please call (615) 898-2568 for an appointment. Additionally, transfer students who have not earned college-level, algebra based math or English credits must undergo university assessment in appropriate areas.

Students admitted as Adult Special who have not completed the first college-level course in English or algebra-based mathematics must undergo assessment in the appropriate subject area and must complete courses indicated by test placement prior to enrolling in the respective college-level English or mathematics course. Adult Special students must also enroll in the prescribed courses prior to enrolling in any college-level course that has the needed prescribed course as a prerequisite.

Students admitted with high school English or algebra deficiencies must undergo assessment based on valid ACT/SAT scores or university testing for the purpose of meeting high school unit admission criteria. GED students are included in this category.

Testing Fee Payment Site

The site you are about to connect to is the Academic Assessment Placement Test fee payment site. It is for making payment only after you have contacted the University Studies Department at Middle Tennessee State University and received the necessary instructions for completing the Academic Assessment Placement Test registration process. If you haven't already contacted the University Studies Department at 615-898-2568, you must do so before proceeding to the Academic Assessment Placement Test fee payment site. Otherwise, you may proceed to the Academic Assessment Placement Test fee payment site by clicking the link below.