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 Placement Questionnaire
Entering students without confirmed ENG101 credit must complete the English Placement Questionnaire activity. This activity helps the college and you determine your level of writing competency.
You will need to log into the English Questionnaire using your Plattsburgh student ID and password.
Complete all parts of the activity. This includes your declaration of the level of English Composition you feel fits you: this is the “last step.” You will not receive feedback on the selection unless you request it. Your 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 your selection is also possible during the first week of the semester.
To enroll in a math course other than MAT101, MAT106, 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
- Transfer credit for any mathematics course also offered by SUNY Plattsburgh
- Mathematics Competency Exam passing score
- 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.)
The Math Competency Exam may be taken by any student who has not previously taken MAT 101, MAT106, or MAT108, or anyone who is not currently enrolled in MAT101, MAT106, or MAT108. Log into the MyPlattsburgh Portal with your Plattsburgh student ID and password, then click the button below:
Calculus ReadinessStudents 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:
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:
- MAT102 – Precalculus
- Transfer credit for a course equivalent to MAT102 – Precalculus
- Calculus Readiness Test passing score
Foreign Language Placement
Successful completion of language courses requires accurate placement based on your proficiency of the language. You will be placed into levels in the following manner.
- 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 to four consecutive years of a modern language in high school (or achieved 85 or better on the Regents Exam) may take language courses at the 112-, 150- or 151-level.
Students with four years (four levels taken in sequence) of a foreign language taken in high school, being at checkpoint C (with 85 or better on the Regents Exam), have satisfied the GE5 World Systems/Foreign Language requirement. (Students wishing to continue can do so by taking the 213 or 251-level course.)
- Students with confirmed transfer credit will be placed in the next appropriate college-level course.
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 language placement examination. Note: based on the results of the Placement Exam, students could be placed in SPA251, SPA252, FRE213, or FRE214 any of which satisfies the GE5 World Systems/Foreign Language category; FRE346 and FRE348 will satisfy the GE5 Western Civilization Category; and or SPA310 which satisfies the GE5 Oral Expression Category.
- You will need to 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.
- For more information on credit-bearing exams and MCL courses offered, please visit Modern Languages & Cultures Placement Exams.
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.