Basic Skills Policy

Basic Skills Competency Requirement in Math, Reading and Writing
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. No student may withdraw from developmental courses, and failure by regularly admitted students to comply with the requirement as stated below will result in the rescinding of admission to the University and the denial of course enrollment.

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

 

1. Basic Skills competency in Mathematics, effective Fall 2014, is determined by the following:

  1. All students with SAT MATH score greater than or equal to 550 or ACT MATH score greater than or equal to 22 are exempt from all remedial coursework in mathematics, and do not need to take an algebra placement test. These students should confer with their academic advisors and enroll in the appropriate 100-level course in MATH.
  2. All students who completed high school Algebra II with a course numerical grade of 82 or better are exempt from all remedial coursework in mathematics, and do not need to take an algebra placement test. These students should confer with their academic advisors and enroll in the appropriate 100-level course in MATH.
  3. Students who fail to meet either of the two exemption criteria above are REQUIRED to take an algebra placement test.
    1. Students who achieve a score greater than or equal to 71 on the elementary algebra section of ACCUPLACER ARE NOT required to enroll in any remedial coursework in elementary algebra, and should confer with their academic advisors and enroll in the appropriate 100-level course in MATH.
    2. Students who score below 71 on the elementary algebra section of ACCUPLACER ARE REQUIRED to enroll in either Math 071, “Basic Skills Math: Pre-College Algebra” OR Math 061, “Basic Skills Math II: Laboratory – Algebra”." These courses do not count toward the degree.
  4. 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.

    New Policy Regarding Completion of Required Developmental Coursework in Mathematics

    Effective fall 2011, Montclair State University is revising the policies regarding basic skills mathematics. These changes are a result of careful consideration of curricular requirements at the University. Please read the new policies described below carefully to ensure a clear understanding of how these changes may affect you.

    The University will continue to offer basic skills courses in elementary algebra. Students who are determined to need coursework in elementary algebra on the basis of placement test results will still be required to enroll in and successfully complete either Math 071, “Basic Skills Math: Pre-College Algebra” OR Math 061, “Basic Skills Math II: Laboratory – Algebra”.

    MATH 061 - offered during the fall/spring/summer.

    MATH 071 - offered during Summer Session (reserved for incoming FR only)

    Students who are entering Montclair State in the fall semester and are required to take MATH 061 are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to enroll in and complete its equivalent, MATH 071, as part of the pre-college summer program, prior to their first semester at the University. If the requirement is not successfully completed in the summer, the student will be REQUIRED to take MATH 061 during the fall semester. If the course is not successfully completed during the fall, the student will have one FINAL OPPORTUNITY to retake and successfully complete MATH 061 during the spring.

    Students who are entering Montclair State in the spring semester and are required to take MATH 061 MUST immediately enroll in the course. Spring entrants who fail to successfully complete this requirement by the end of the spring semester are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to enroll in and complete, MATH 061, during the following summer. If the course is not repeated and successfully completed during the summer, the student will have one FINAL OPPORTUNITY to retake and successfully complete MATH 061 during the fall semester.

    Failure to complete MATH 061/071 within the first year of enrollment will result in admission to the University being rescinded and denial of course enrollment in the following semester.

    New MATH 061/MATH 071 Grading Policy

    MATH 061/071 is a 3-credit course that does not count toward the degree.Students who enroll in and complete MATH 061/071 will receive a grade of either Pass (P), if the course is successfully completed, or No Credit (NC), if the course is not successfully completed.

2. Basic Skills competency in Reading, effective fall 2014, is determined by the following:

  1. All students with SAT Critical Reading score greater than or equal to 550 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 READ 099, "Pre-college 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 READ 099: Precollege Reading

    Fall Entrants - 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 READ 099: Precollege Reading during the Summer Session (either through enrolling in the University’s Pre-College Summer Program or by successfully completing an approved equivalent course at a local college). Students, once enrolled in READ 099 either at Montclair State University or at a local college, 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 READ 099 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 a designated writing course during the Winter Session (either through enrolling in the University’s designated course or by successfully completing an approved equivalent course at a local college).  Students, once enrolled in the appropriate writing 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 writing 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 writing course at a local college.

    READ 099 Grading Policy

    READ 099 is a 3-credit course that does not count toward the degree. Students who enroll and complete READ 099 will receive a grade of either Pass (P), if the course is successfully completed, or No Credit (NC), if the course is not successfully completed.

3. Basic Skills competency in Writing is determined by the following:

  1. Given the challenging academic programs at Montclair State University, students need to take the writing courses that will enable them to best succeed in their academic careers, beginning with either ENWR100 (Introduction to College Writing) or ENWR105 (College Writing I). We believe that students’ actual writing can give us more valuable information about their writing skills than their performance on standardized tests alone. As part of the placement process, then, all incoming first-year students must complete a writing placement essay before the start of the semester. The First-Year Writing Program will send incoming freshman information about this assignment, which will involve reading and writing. In most cases, students will learn their writing placement when they come to campus for orientation., please refer to the following website: http://www.montclair.edu/writing/firstyearwriting/placement.html

  2. Transfer students with 24 or more college credits accepted by Montclair ARE NOT required to enroll in any remedial or developmental coursework in writing, and should confer with their academic advisors and enroll in the appropriate college-level courses.