# A GUIDE TO CLEP TESTING, CREDIT EXAMS AND CLASS PLACEMENT

CLEP Testing - The College-Level Examination Program^{®} or CLEP provides students of any age with the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement through a program of exams in undergraduate college courses. The CLEP test is a computer based test that is offered by the Department of Testing and Disability Services. You may call 318-257-4882 for an appointment at least one week prior to expected test date.

To learn more about CLEP testing and its advantages to students visit College-Level Examination Program^{®}online.

** What is a Louisiana Tech Credit Exam?**

Credit exams are administered in some subject areas for students who believe they have already attained the level of knowledge required in a course(s).

**How do I register for a Credit Exam?**

- You can register only during regular registration periods. An exam cannot be administered without proper registration. Permission to take a credit exam is denied if you have previously attempted the course for credit, earned credit in a higher sequence course, or failed to receive approval from the department head responsible for the course.
- Every credit by exam has a “E01” section number and is entered on your student registration form or added during the “add period.” Regular University fees apply.
- The your registration record reflects the credit by exam course(s) for which you registered. These courses are not added into the total semester hour load for determining full-time status.
- Exams are given according to the times listed in the schedule of classes (Racing Form) or times assigned by the department head. Exams are normally scheduled during the first three class days of a quarter.
- Successful completion of an exam is recorded on the permanent academic record as “credit by examination” with a grade of “S.” Grades of “S” are not used to compute the GPA.

# English Placement

Test Scores |
Placement |

English ACT less than or equal to 17, or Verbal SAT score less than or equal to 440 | Placement in ENGL 099 |

English ACT greater than or equal to 18, or Verbal SAT score greater than or equal to 450. | Placement in ENGL 101 |

English ACT greater than or equal to 30, or Verbal SAT greater than or equal to 680 | ENGL 101 credit granted if English ACT/Verbal SAT score earned within the previous 5 years. |

# Math Placement

Math ACT/SAT Score |
Math Course by ACT/SAT Placement and Major |
Math Placement/Credit Exams |

ACT 0-18 |
All Majors: Math 099. Does not count toward fulfilling math requirement in any major. |
Not eligible for Math Placement Exam |

ACT 19-21 |
Major Groups I & II: Math 100 B-C. Does not count toward fulfilling math requirement in major.Major Group III: Math 100 B-C fulfills first course in math requirement. |
No placement exam available for bypassing Math 100. |

ACT 22-23 SAT 520-550 |
Major Groups I & II: Math 101. Does not count toward fulfilling math requirement.Major Group III: Math 101. Fulfills first course in math requirement. |
Not eligible for Math Placement Exam |

ACT 24-25 SAT 560-580 |
Major Groups I & II: Math 101. Does not count toward fulfilling math requirement.Major Group III: Math 101. Fulfills first course in math requirement. |
Eligible for Math Credit Exam 101 to earn credit for Math 101. Studying for exam is highly recommended! |

ACT 26+ SAT 590+ |
Major Group I: Math 125 for Accounting majors. Math 112 for all other majors in group. These Courses count toward fulfilling math requirement.Major Group II: Math 240. Fulfills first course in math requirement.Major Group III: Required Math or Statistics course above Math 101. |
All Majors: Credit for Math 101 granted if ACT/SAT test date is within previous 5 years. Major Group I: Eligible for Math Credit Exam 112 to earn credit for Math 112. Refer to curriculum requirements of your major to determine the need for exam. Studying for exam is highly recommended.Major Group II: No Placement / Credit Exam available for bypassing Math 240.Major Group III: Eligible for Math Credit Exam 112 to earn credit for Math 112. Refer to curriculum requirements of your major to determine the need for exam. Studying for exam is highly recommended! |

**What are the Math Placement Exams?**

The Math Placement Exam ensures that you begin the study of mathematics at a level for which you are prepared. The ACT/SAT Math score is used as a measure of preparation for entry-level college math and statistics courses. Math Placement Exams are offered for specified ACT/SAT Math score levels and major fields of study as indicated in the table. Placement in entry-level math courses is based on the Enhanced ACT/SAT Math score. If no scores are on file in the Admissions Office or the Registrar’s Office, the score will be assumed to be 0.

**When can I take the Math Placement Exam?**

Exams are offered during every Student Orientation session in the summer. They are also administered prior to the beginning of every quarter. The Exam schedule is announced in the Schedule of Classes (“Racing Form.”) and in the Student Orientation brochure.

**Can I prepare for the Exam?**

Yes! Advance preparation is highly recommended! Review materials are available free of charge by accessing the website **www.rehanna.pageout.net****.**

- Click on the course you are testing out of (Math 099, 100, 101, or 112)
- Click on "Syllabus"
- Then click on “Instructions for Accessing Review Materials for Placement Exam and/or the Course for Student Not Enrolled in Math xxx.”
- Print out and follow the instructions.

How do I know which math courses I need to complete for my major?

The curriculum requirements for your major determine which math courses you must complete. Refer to the Louisiana Tech Catalog for the specific math requirements for your major. In the Math and Statistics section of the Catalog, you will find information about college preparatory course(s) taken in high school, which should have prepared you for the various entry-level college courses.

**What are the math requirements for transfer students?**

Transfer students who do not have credit for the equivalent math prerequisites(s) for the math requirement in their major must satisfy the same placement criteria as entering freshmen. This may require submitting ACT/SAT scores, which would not have been needed for transfer admission to Louisiana Tech. Transfer credit for prerequisite math courses must be evaluated and approved through the math program before registering for a math or statistics course.

**Majors are divided into three groups based on the math required.**

**Group I:**Accounting, Construction Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Environmental Science, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, Secondary Earth Science Teacher Education, and Secondary Chemistry Teacher Education

**Group II:** Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Geology, Industrial Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Secondary Mathematics Teacher Education and Secondary Physics Teacher Education.

**Group III:** All majors not listed in Group I or II.

**Course Descriptions**

**Math 099** – Beginning and intermediate algebra. Does not count toward fulfilling a math requirement in any major.

**Math 100 B-C** – 5-credit format for college algebra. Includes review material from Math 099 and allows additional instruction hours for college algebra material.

**Math 101** – 3-credit format for college algebra. Does not review material from Math 099.

**Math 112** – Trigonometry

**Math 125** – Algebra for Business, Management and the Social Sciences.

**Math 240** – The first course which counts toward fulfilling a math requirement in majors listed in Group II.

**Can I repeat a placement or credit exam if I do not pass it the first time?**

No. You can only attempt a placement or credit exam once.