Placement

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Bay College uses computerized assessment tools to determine academic preparedness and satisfy prerequisites. These tools are free to Bay College students. The results are used to place students in the appropriate classes.

English, Writing and Reading

The ACCUPLACER is the placement tool used to determine placement in English Writing and Reading. This program uses a multiple-choice format with computer-adaptive technology (except for WritePlacer®, the written essay assessment). Questions are presented based on your individual skill level. Your response to each question drives the difficulty level of the next question. It’s important to give each question as much thought as you can before selecting your answer.

Students who wish to take ACCUPLACER elsewhere and send Bay College the scores should note that Bay College uses the "Next Generation Reading" and "Writeplacer" assessments.

Studying for the ACCUPLACER Test
  1. Take the ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Practice Test
  2. Take the WritePlacer Essay Guide (Only 1 hour is allotted to plan, write, proofread, and submit your essay; Aim for at least 4 paragraphs, but 5 paragraphs are ideal (your introductory paragraph, supporting paragraphs for each of your three examples, and your concluding paragraph).
ACCUPLACER PRACTICE TEST
WRITEPLACER ESSAY GUIDE

Math

ALEKS is the assessment tool used to determine placement in Math. The online ALEKS Placement Assessment covers material from basic math through precalculus and is designed to determine what you know. We want you to start in the math course that best fits your skill level, while keeping you on track to complete your degree. Being placed in a class that is below your skill level could delay your time to graduation and result in unnecessary tuition. To prepare for the test, you can use the resources listed in the "Take Math First" brochure below. You may also visit the ALEKS website to sign up for a free trial.

ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator if you need one to complete a particular problem. Otherwise, you may not use a calculator. Placement assessments require approximately 90 minutes to complete, but the amount of time will vary by student. There will be a maximum of 30 questions.

TAKE MATH FIRST BROCHURE
ALEKS.COM

Placement Guide

Below are placement tables showing how scores place you into certain courses. Please know that we will go over this with you to make sure you understand what placement means based on your chosen career path.

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
0 - 479 ENGL 098 Integrated Reading and Writing Skills (TS)
480 and Above Meets "E" and "R" requirement ENGL 101 Rhetoric and Composition
Math
200 - 429 MATH 085 Pre-Algebra (TS)
385 - 509 MATH 085 Accelerated Pre and Basic Algebra (TS)
430 - 509 MATH 085 Basic Algebra (TS) or Intro to Technical Math
430 - 479 MATH 085 Mathematical Literacy (TS)
480 and Above Meets "M" requirment MATH 085 Mathematics of Business or Liberal Arts Math
510 - 569

MATH 085

 

Intermediate Algebra or Technicaal Algebra andTrigonometry I
570 - 639 MATH 085 College Algebra or Intro to Statistics
640 and Above MATH 085 Trigonometry or Analytical Geometry and Calculus I (if high school trigonometry completed)
English/Writing (WritePlacer)
0 - 3 ENGL 098 Data 3. Header can be optional.
4  ENGL 099 or if "R" is met; ENGL 097W and designated section of ENGL 101 Integrated Reading and Writing Skills (TS) or College Writing Skills Workshop (TS) and Rhetoric and Composition
5 and Above Meets "E" requirment ENGL 101 Rhetoric and Composition
Reading (Next Generation Reading)
0 - 244 ENGL 098 Integrated Reading and Writing Skills (TS)
245 and Above Meets "R" requirement ENGL 101 Rhetoric and Composition
Math
0 - 13 MATH 085 Pre-Algebra (TS)
13 - 29 MATH 098 Accelerated Pre and Basic Algebra
14 - 29 MATH 095
MATH 102
Basic Algebra
Introduction to Technical Math
14 - 24 MATH 097 Mathematical Literacy
25 and Above Meets "M" requirment BUSN 177
MATH 107 
Mathematics of Business
Liberal Arts Mathematics
30 - 45 MATH 105
MATH 106
Intermediate Algebra
Technical Algebra and Trig I
46 - 60 MATH 110
MATH 210
College Algebra
Introduction to Statistics
61 - 75 MATH 111 Trigonometry
76 - 100  MATH 141 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I
English
0 - 11 MATH 085 Integrated Reading and Writing Skills (TS)
12 - 17 MATH 098 Integrated Reading and Writing Skills (TS) or College Writing Skills Workshop (TS) and Rhetoric and Composition
18 and Above
Meets “E” requirement
MATH 095
MATH 102
Rhetoric and Composition
Reading
0 - 17 MATH 085 Integrated Reading and Writing Skills (TS)
18 and Above
Meets “R” requirement
MATH 098 Rhetoric and Composition
Math
0 - 16 MATH 085 Pre-Algebra (TS)
17 - 19 BUSN 177
MATH 105
MATH 106
MATH 107
Basic Algebra (TS) or Mathematical Literacy (TS) or Intro to Technical Math
20 - 22
Meets “M” requirement
MATH 095
MATH 102
Mathematics of Business or Intermediate Algebra or Technical Algebra & Trig I or Liberal Arts Math
23 - 25 MATH 110
MATH 130
MATH 210
College Algebra or Math for Elementary Teachers or Intro to Statistics
26 - 36 MATH 111
MATH 141
Trigonometry or Analytical Geometry & Calculus I (if high school trig completed)
English/Writing
0 - 29 MATH 098 Integrated Reading & Writing Skills (TS)
12 - 17 MATH 098 Integrated Reading & Writing Skills (TS) OR College Writing Skills Workshop (TS) and Rhetoric & Composition
18 and Above
Meets “E” requirement
MATH 095
MATH 102
Rhetoric and Composition
Reading
0 - 17 MATH 085 Integrated Reading and Writing Skills (TS)
18 and Above
Meets “R” requirement
MATH 098 Rhetoric and Composition
Math
Pre-Algebra
0 - 40 MATH 085 Pre-Algebra (TS)
41 - 100 MATH 095
MATH 097
MATH 102
Basic Algebra (TS) or Mathematical Literacy (TS) or Intro to Technical Math
Algebra  
0 - 40 MATH 095
MATH 097
MATH 102
Basic Algebra (TS) or Mathematical Literacy (TS) or Intro to Technical Math
41 - 65
Meets “M” requirement
BUSN 177
MATH 105
MATH 106
MATH 107
Mathematics of Business or Intermediate Algebra or Technical Algebra & Trig I or Liberal Arts Math
66 - 100 MATH 110
MATH 130
MATH 210
College Algebra or Math for Elementary Teachers or Intro to Statistics
College Algebra  
0 - 45 MATH 110
MATH 130
MATH 210
College Algebra or Math for Elementary Teachers or Intro to Statistics
46 - 100 MATH 111 College Algebra or Math for Elementary Teachers or Intro to Statistics
Trigonometry
0 - 100 MATH 111
MATH 141
Trigonometry or Analytical Geometry and Calculus I (if high school trig completed)
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