Competency & Placement
As a component of the general education program, students who do not have transfer credit in certain skill areas are required to demonstrate competency in order to meet a requirement, or for placement in the correct course of the Cardinal Core Curriculum.
- English College Writing Course Placement
Knowledge and skill in the area of written communication is an important foundation for learning. It is recommended that students meet this requirement the first year of college. Entering students who have not already met the requirement for college writing through an ENG 101 equivalent should select an initial course based on the following:
Placement By Questionnaire
- Students may complete a self-directed determination of writing competency to guide course selection. Using this placement option gives students the freedom to choose the composition coursework best suited to their needs and interests, regardless of high school GPA.
Placement By High School GPA
- ENG 100 College Writing I (3–4 cr) — Students with a high school average of less than 85% may register for this course. ENG 101 College Writing II is also required for this two course pathway.
- ENG 101 College Writing II (3 cr) — Students with a high school average of 85% or higher may register for this course.
Students who choose placement by the English Placement Questionnaire will need to log into the questionnaire using their Plattsburgh student IDs and passwords.
Students who choose placement by questionnaire must complete all parts of the activity. This includes a declaration of the level of college writing they feel fits them: this is the “last step.” Students will not receive feedback on the selection unless they request it. Students’ selection of level should be based on the activity outcomes.
Counsel by composition faculty regarding this activity is available at summer orientation sessions or by contacting the first-year composition program’s director, Dr. Tom Friedrich, at [email protected]. Adjustment of students’ selection is also possible during the first week of the semester.
- Mathematics Competency
Students should select math courses to meet their educational goals based on the Math Pathways Guide. To enroll in a math course other than MAT101, MAT106, or MAT108, or a course in the quantitative reasoning category of the Cardinal Core Curriculum, students must first demonstrate competency in foundational mathematics. This can be accomplished by meeting one of the following:
- SAT mathematics score of at least 530
- ACT mathematics score of at least 21
- High school overall grade average of 85% or higher
- MAT101 — Elementary College Mathematics (3 cr.) with a grade of C or better
- MAT106 — Quantitative Pathways I (3 cr.) and MAT107 — Quantitative Pathways II (3 cr.)
- MAT108 — Statistical Pathways I (3 cr.) and MAT109 — Statistical Pathways II (3 cr.)
- Transfer credit for any mathematics course also offered by SUNY Plattsburgh
- Mathematics Competency Exam passing score – the Mathematics Competency Exam may be taken by any student who has not previously taken or currently enrolled in MAT 101, MAT106, or MAT108. Log into the MyPlattsburgh Portal with your Plattsburgh student ID and password, then click the button below:
- Calculus Readiness
Students who are required to take calculus (either MAT221 or 224), or a calculus-based course (CSC217 or CSC221) for their major, must show competency with precalculus concepts prior to taking the course. This can be accomplished by meeting one of the following:
- MAT102 – Precalculus
- Transfer credit for a course equivalent to MAT102 – Precalculus
- Calculus Readiness Test passing score
The Calculus Readiness Test is designed for students who have had a precalculus course in high school. If you have never had a precalculus course, you should take MAT102 – Precalculus instead of taking this test. The test may only be taken once and should not be taken by any student who has previously enrolled in or is currently enrolled in MAT102. If you do not pass the CRT, you must take MAT102 in order to show readiness. Log into the MyPlattsburgh Portal with your Plattsburgh student ID and password, then click the button below:
- Modern Language Course Placement
Successful completion of language courses requires accurate placement based on language proficiency. Students who wish to take a language course in French or Spanish or pursue a major or minor in language will be placed into course levels as follows:
- Students who have completed up to two years of a modern language in high school may take language courses at the 111-level.
- Students who have completed three consecutive years of a modern language in high school or achieved 85 or better on the Regents Exam should take language courses at the second semester, 112-level.
- Students who have completed four consecutive years of a modern language in high school and achieved 85 or better on the Regents Exam should enroll in courses at the 213- or 251-level.
- Students with confirmed transfer credit will be placed in the next appropriate college-level course.
- Modern language courses at the 111-, 112-, 213- and 214-levels will be applied to the Human Communities category of the Cardinal Core Curriculum.
Students who wish to be placed above the level indicated by their high school record or college record, or who are fluent speakers of the language being pursued, should take intermediate college level language courses (200-level and above) as determined by his or her performance on the WebCAPE Placement Exam by the department of Modern Languages and Cultures. Students do not receive credit for this placement exam.
WebCAPE Placement Exam Instructions
- Go to: http://bit.ly/2p88Thx
- Create an account on WebCAPE:
- Enter your name, campus email (your plattsburgh.edu email address) and Plattsburgh Banner I.D. number. (This is a 9-digit number that you should have received from the Registrar’s Office.)
- Choose a password for this account. Tips for creating secure passwords.
- Click “Create Account” to access the exam.
- The first screen is a practice item. After that, you will begin the exam.
- Your placement score will be displayed at the end of the exam. Be sure to click on “Finished” to send a copy of this information to Plattsburgh.
- If you receive an error indicating “too many connections,” please refresh the page and continue working. If necessary, you can log into the exam again and follow the directions near the button labeled ‘Resume’ on the identity/survey page.
- Please note: There is a 24-hour delay for this score to show up in the SUNY Plattsburgh system. Therefore, we recommend taking the exam at least a few days prior to orientation. Your results will appear on your Degree Works record for advisement purposes.
- Information Literacy Competency
The Information Literacy requirement of the general education program and Cardinal Core Curriculum can be met through the following:
- LIB190 Critical Research Skills (1 cr.).
- Information Literacy Competency Exam passing score.
Passing the Information Literacy Competency Exam meets the requirement but does not award credit, does not replace a previously earned grade in LIB190, and can only be attempted once per academic year. If you are currently enrolled and attending a LIB 190 course you are not eligible to take the exam.
The exam is offered the Sunday before the start of the fall and spring semesters and during the advising period.