Basic Skills Policy

Basic Skills Competency Requirement in Math and Reading (subject to change)
Students who are determined to need coursework in basic skills on the basis of placement test results will be required to enroll in and successfully complete the requirement as indicated below.

NOTE: Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required, but, if a student chooses to submit those scores to ASC, the scores will be considered in the assessment of the exemption from basic skills testing and remediation in math and/or reading.

  1. Basic Skills competency in Mathematics
  2. Basic Skills competency in Reading
  3. Placement into Writing

1. Basic Skills competency in Mathematics, effective Fall 2017, is determined by the following:

  1. Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required, but, if a student chooses to submit those scores to ASC, the scores will be considered in the assessment of the exemption from the elementary algebra placement test.
  2. All students with an SAT Math score greater than or equal to 500 (530 if taken in 2016) or an ACT Math score greater than or equal to 22 are exempt from all precollege coursework in mathematics, and do not need to take the elementary algebra placement test. These students should confer with their academic advisors and enroll in the appropriate 100-level course in Math.
  3. All students who completed high school Algebra II with a course numerical grade of 82 or better are exempt from all precollege coursework in mathematics, and do not need to take the elementary algebra placement test. These students should confer with their academic advisors and enroll in the appropriate 100-level course in Math.
  4. Students admitted to the BFA or Bachelors in Music program and who do not plan to participate in the teacher education program are exempt from all precollege coursework in mathematics, and do not need to take the elementary algebra placement test.
  5. Transfer students with 24 or more college credits accepted by Montclair ARE NOT required to enroll in any remedial or developmental coursework in math, and should confer with their academic advisors and enroll in the appropriate 100-level course in Math.  Transfer students with 24 or more college credits may be required to take the math and/or the Chemistry readiness tests if their majors require MATH 110, MATH 111, MATH 116/122 or INFO 240, provided that these students did not transfer in equivalent coursework to the preceding courses.
  6. Students who fail to meet either of the exemption criteria listed above are REQUIRED to take the elementary algebra placement test; students who score below 71 on the elementary algebra section of ACCUPLACER ARE REQUIRED to enroll in: 
  • Montclair State University’s Precollege Algebra (MATH 071) course during the Pre-College Summer Program (PCSP) or
  • Successfully complete an approved equivalent course to MSU’s MATH 071 at another college (contact the Academic Success Center for course approval) or
  • Enroll in one of MSU’s online Boot Camps (http://www.montclair.edu/csam/red-hawk-math-learning-center/bootcamps/)
  • Students who do not successfully complete one of the three programs listed above will be required to complete a co-requisite math requirement in their freshman year.

MATH 071 Grading Policy

MATH 071 is a 3-credit course that does not count toward the degree. Students who enroll in and complete MATH 071 will receive a grade a satisfactory grade (S), if the course is successfully completed, or No Credit (NC), if the course is not successfully completed.

Boot Camp Grading Policy

The boot camps are non-credit bearing online programs and are not graded, but do have a final exam. Passing the final exam is necessary to successfully complete the Boot Camp.

2. Basic Skills competency in Reading, effective fall 2017, is determined by the following:

  1. Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required, but, if a student chooses to submit those scores to ASC, the scores will be considered in the assessment of the exemption from basic skills testing and remediation in reading.
  1. All students with SAT Critical Reading score greater than or equal to 500(27 if taken in 2016) or ACT Reading score greater than or equal to 19 are exempt from all remedial and developmental coursework in reading, and do not need to take a reading placement test. These students should confer with their academic advisors and enroll in appropriate college-level courses.
  2. All students who completed BOTH high school English and History in their junior year with course numerical grade of 83 or better are exempt from remedial and developmental coursework in reading, and do not need to take a reading placement test. These students should confer with their academic advisors and enroll in the appropriate college-level courses.
  3. Students who fail to meet either of the two exemption criteria above are REQUIRED to take a reading placement test. Students who achieve a score greater than or equal to 72 on the reading section of ACCUPLACER ARE NOT required to enroll in any remedial or developmental coursework in reading, and should confer with their academic advisors and enroll in the appropriate college-level courses. Students who score below 72 on the reading placement test ARE REQUIRED to enroll in Precollege Reading.
  4. Transfer students with 24 or more college credits accepted by Montclair ARE NOT required to enroll in any remedial or developmental coursework in reading, and should confer with their academic advisors and enroll in the appropriate college-level courses.

Policy Regarding Completion of Reading Requirements: Precollege Reading

Students who are entering Montclair State in the fall semester and who are determined to need coursework in basic skills reading on the basis of placement test results MUST enroll in and successfully complete one of the following approved reading programs:

  1. An On-Line Precollege Reading; students choosing this option will go through an on-line program offered by Montclair State University over the summer. Students who are placed into Precollege Reading,  must register for the On-Line Precollege Reading  through the Academic Success Center and must successfully complete the program within 10 weeks or prior to the start of the Fall 2017 semester; whichever comes first or
  2. Successfully complete an approved equivalent course to MSU’s Precollege Reading at another college (contact the Academic Success Center for course approval) during the Summer Session.

Once enrolled in reading program either at Montclair State University or at a local college, students will be permitted to tentatively register in fall coursework with the understanding that their eligibility to remain enrolled for fall will be determined by their successful completion of the course.

Failure by regularly admitted students to successfully complete this requirement by the end of the summer prior to their first semester at Montclair State will result in the rescinding of admission to the University and the cancelation of any active fall courses.  Students will retain the right to reapply for admission once they have successfully completed an approved equivalent for Precollege Reading at a local college.

Spring Entrants – Students who are entering Montclair State in the spring semester and who are determined to need coursework in basic skills reading on the basis of placement test results MUST enroll in and successfully complete an On-Line Precollege Reading during the Winter Session or by successfully completing an approved equivalent course at a local college).  Students, once enrolled in the appropriate reading course either at Montclair State University or at a local college, will be permitted to tentatively register in spring coursework with the understanding that their eligibility to remain enrolled for spring will be determined by their successful completion of the course.

Failure to successfully complete the designated course by the end of the winter session will result in the rescinding of admission to the University and the cancelation of any active spring courses. Students will retain the right to reapply for admission once they have successfully completed an approved equivalent for the designated course at a local college.

3. Placement into Writing

Please refer to the following website: https://www.montclair.edu/chss/first-year-writing/first-year-writing-program-students/writing-placement/ for information about course placement into writing.