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 challenges of our academic programs at Montclair State University, it is essential that students are provided with the coursework in writing that is needed to best succeed in their academic careers.  Therefore, during the first week of the fall semester first-year writing professors will work to find exactly the right class for each student – ENWR100 Introduction to Writing or ENWR105 College Writing I: Intellectual Prose. 
    At the point of registration, however, students need to know for which class they should register. For that purpose, for preliminary placement we are using the SAT Critical Reading and Writing assessments that students took prior to their acceptance at Montclair State. Students who score below 520 on SAT Critical Reading and below 410 on SAT Writing should register for Introduction to Writing (ENWR100). For most students, this original registration will become the final placement.
    However, final placement will not be determined until students have arrived on campus and attended their first two writing classes and completed an essay.  It is critical for students to know that they will be asked to write an essay, due the first day of class, based on readings and an essay assignment that will be sent directly to students via email.  Students are encouraged to look out for this email from the first-year writing program. 
    The placement process is extended into the beginning of the semester because it enables us to ensure that each student is at best advantage for a successful academic career – quite simply, what we can learn about students from a week in class is immeasurably greater and more important than what we can learn about students from their performance on a few standardized tests.  If a student needs to have a class changed, the first-year writing program will work carefully to make such a class change is minimally disruptive.For more information, 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.