Undergraduate Bulletin

Fall 2022 Bulletin

Placement Tests

The university offers placement tests that evaluate the level of preparation of each student in mathematics, writing and foreign language. The score on the examinations are used to place the student in appropriate courses that best match his or her skills. The exams are used only for registration purposes, and carry no credit value. The preliminary score becomes invalid after two semesters.
 
Each exam tests the student's skills at the time the test is taken, and students are advised to study beforehand. Preliminary versions of the examinations are available, and all incoming students, including transfers, should take the preliminary placement examinations.

Foreign Language Placement

Foreign Placement Exam Score

Placement into…

SBC

1

    Language 111

 

2

     Language 112

 LANG_PART

3

       Language 211

LANG 

4

     Language 212

LANG, GLO 

5

   See Department

 LANG, GLO

 
 

Math Placement

 

Math Placement Exam Score

Placement into…

SBC

1

 MAP 101 advised, MAP 103 possible

 

2

 MAP 103

 

2+

  MAT 118 or Statistics or MAT 119+MAT 123

 

3

  MAT 122 or MAT 123

 

3+

  MAT 130+MAT 125

 

4

  MAT 125 MAT 200

 

5

  MAT 131 or AMS 151

 

6

   MAT 126

QPS*

7

   MAT 132  or AMS 161MAT 211 or AMS 210MAT 250

QPS*

8

 MAT 127

QPS*

9

 Beyond 100-level calculus

QPS*

*Scores on unproctored math placement exams are used only for registration purposes. Only proctored math placement exams with scores of 6 or higher will fulfill QPS and major/minor requirements.

Note: Higher level placements may take courses with lower level placements as long as the student does not already have credit for that course. For example, a student with placement level 6 could take MAT 131 and MAT 200, if desired.

Writing Placement 

See chart below for additional information.  

Every student must demonstrate a sufficient level of writing proficiency to graduate from Stony Brook University by completing a writing sequence culminating in the WRT 102 Intermediate Writing Workshop. Depending on individual student preparation, students will enroll initially in writing courses in the Program in Academic English (WAE 190, WAE 192, WAE 194) and/or in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric (WRT 101, WRT 102). Final placement is verified and adjusted as needed during the first week of classes. Details of the policy are below.

New freshmen and transfer students who have not transferred an equivalent course from another collegiate institution will be assigned to a writing course appropriate to their level of preparation based on the criteria discussed in detail below. If any one of the criteria below places you into WRT 102 , then you are not required to complete the Online Writing Placement Exam.

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Score

Students with an Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) score of 580 or higher will be placed into WRT 102 . Faculty from the Program in Writing and Rhetoric and Program in Academic English will review the online writing placement exam of students with an Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score (EBRW) below 580 to determine placement into the appropriate writing course.

ACT English Language Arts Score

Students with an English Language Arts (ELA)* score of 23 or higher will be placed into WRT 102 . Faculty from the Program in Writing and Rhetoric and Program in Academic English will review the online writing placement exam of students with an English Language Arts (ELA)* score below 23 to determine placement into the appropriate writing course.

*Without a writing test score, no English Language Arts (ELA) score will be reported.

AP Scores

Students who have received AP scores in English Language/Composition or English Literature/Composition with a score of 3 or higher will be placed into WRT 102. See https://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/bulletin/current/policiesandregulations/admissions/apcredit.php  for more information.

Transfer Course Equivalence

Students who have transfer college credit in English Composition from a regionally accredited institution with a grade of C or higher can determine transfer equivalency information by visiting Stony Brook’s transfer equivalency page here.

Online Writing Placement Exam

All matriculating students who have not satisfied the SBU writing requirement (WRT 102) or who have not been placed into WRT 102 through one of the established mechanisms listed above will take an online writing placement exam. Students will read excerpts from source texts and respond to a writing prompt. This 30-60 minute online writing exam will be made available to students as described below. Failure to complete the online writing exam could impact a student’s ability to register for a writing course and to make degree progress.

Freshmen Students

Freshmen students who need to complete the online writing placement exam will be contacted about this by the Program in Writing and Rhetoric via email in late May of students’ intended year of matriculation.

Transfer Students

Transfer students who are instructed to complete the online writing placement exam should email Jilleen.May@stonybrook.edu to request access to the exam. Please plan for a two (2) business day response time.

Final Placement

In the first week of WRT and WAE class, faculty may ask students to complete a writing sample to determine if the students' current writing placement is appropriate. When necessary, faculty evaluation could require students to change their writing course. Advisors are available to assist students with schedule changes if needed.

Test or Course

 Score 

Action

Placement into…

SAT

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 

580 or higher

Waived from WRT 101

WRT 102

SAT
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 

Below 580

Online writing exam evaluated for placement

WAE 190, WAE 192, WAE 194, WRT 101 or WRT 102

ACT
English Language Arts

23 or higher

Waived from WRT 101

WRT 102

ACT
English Language Arts

Below 23

Online writing diagnostic evaluated for placement 

WAE 190, WAE 192, WAE 194, WRT 101 or WRT 102

AP
English Language/ Composition

3 or higher 

Waived from WRT 101 

WRT 102 

AP
English Literature/ Composition

3 or higher

Waived from WRT 101  

WRT 102 

Transfer Credit
English Composition
(course equivalent to 
WRT 101 )

C or higher

Waived from WRT 101  

WRT 102

Transfer Credit
English Composition
(course equivalent to 
WRT 102 )

C or higher

Waived from WRT 101 and WRT 102

WRT completed