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Basic Skills

The scores of the Rowan University Placement Tests identify skill deficiencies in reading and mathematics. If students' scores on the placement tests indicate that they need to strengthen skills in certain areas, they will be advised to enroll in the appropriate basic skills courses. Students are required to register for these courses the first semester of their freshman year.

Courses

The basic skills courses offered are as follows:

Reading

Improving Personal Reading Skills - 3.0 credits
This basic skills course helps students whose reading skills need improvement in order to cope with the demands of college course work. Instruction in the full semester course emphasizes vocabulary, comprehension, and study skills. It is a required course for entering students who do not pass the Rowan University Placement Test in Reading.

Placement Test Score Ranges                            Reading Course Placement
RC= 20-69                                                            Improving Personal Reading Skills-- 0817-100
RC= 70- 120                                                         NO BASIC SKILLS READING REQUIRED

 

Writing

Foundations for College Writing

As a developmental course, Foundations for College Writing introduces students to college-level writing and to composing practices that emphasize multi-stage writing through multiple modes of composition and reflection. It provides an intensive focus in grammar and mechanics within the context of students' writing, and it guides students to produce focused and coherent writing. This is a pass/fail course and students who pass the course move to Intensive College Composition I (Comp 01105).

Placement in the course is based on the SAT Writing or the ACT Combined English/Composition scores. For more information about placement, including placement reevaluation,  go the Writing Arts First-Year Writing Program webpage  (http://www.rowan.edu/colleges/ccca/departments/writingArts/firstyearwriting.html).

 

Algebra

The Basic Algebra I course is the first course in the developmental mathematics sequence at Rowan University. The course is intended to prepare students for entry and successful completion of the Basic Algebra II course. Students whose Accuplacer scores indicate need for developmental math are required to complete both Basic Algebra I and Basic Algebra II (as deemed by placement) before moving on to any college level math course. Basic Algebra I is a 2-credit course. However, the credits do not count toward general electives, mathematics requirements, grade point average, nor any cumulative university averages. The course is graded on a Satisfactory (S)/Unsatisfactory (U) scale.

The Basic Algebra II course is the second course in the developmental mathematics sequence at Rowan University. Students whose Accuplacer scores indicate need for developmental math are required to complete both Basic Algebra I and Basic Algebra II (as deemed by placement) before moving on to any college level math course. Basic Algebra II is a 2-credit course. However, the credits do not count toward general electives, mathematics requirements, grade point average, nor any cumulative university averages. The course is graded on a Satisfactory (S)/Unsatisfactory (U) scale.


 
 

Placement Test Score Ranges                                 Algebra Course Placement            
EA= 61 or under                                                        Basic Algebra I – 01.094
EA= 62-76                                                                 Basic Algebra II – 01.095
EA= 77-120                                                               NO BASIC SKILLS ALGEBRA REQUIRED
 

NOTE: Students do not receive graduation credit for passing basic skills courses. Tuition for basic skills courses is the same as for college-level courses.

Grades

Satisfactory = Pass
An "S" grade satisfies the university's basic skills requirement in each area.
 
Unsatisfactory = No Credit
A "U" is a failing grade which indicates the student must enroll the following quarter or semester in the same course.

These grades are not included in the Grade Point Average.

Policy

Students who do not complete the basic skills requirement within one year will be recommended for suspension from the university.

COLLEGE MATH

Determined by CLM (College Level Math test) score.

Must be taken by students in the following majors: Computer Science, Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Business Administration, or by any student who wishes to register for a math course at the level of Calculus or higher.

 

Score Ranges                                                         College Math Placement

CLM= 60 or above                                        Calculus (1703 – 130) or Calculus: T/A (1703 – 125)

  • Transfer students with less than 30 credits must also take the Basic Skills Requirements. However, some transferred credits may fulfill the Basic Skill Requirement. Please contact Mark Matalucci at 856-256-4263 with questions.

  • Students who have taken AP Calculus with a C or greater are not required to take the CLM placement test.