Placement: Test Scores & Prerequisite Courses

Your scores on the ACT English exam or the SAT Verbal or Critical Reading exam determine your placement in English 110, 111/112, 113 and 120 or your exemption from these courses and from the University Writing Proficiency Requirement. ACT and SAT scores do not earn credit. Please note that some degree programs may require students to take English 110 and/or 120 even if their exam scores fulfill the University Writing Proficiency Requirement. Your academic advisor will work with you during orientation to determine appropriate placement and credit.

Appropriate scores on the following exams may help determine placement and earn credit for English 110, 120, or 150:  Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature & Composition or English Language & Composition, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB).

If you are a transfer student or returning student who has taken college writing courses, a first-year student who tested out of English 110, or an exceptional student who earned a B or better in English 110, the Writing Proficiency Portfolio (WPP) might be an option for you.

Course Placed Into

ACT English

SAT Verbal

COMPASS Writing 

Prerequisite Courses

110 Accelerated Composition

19–25

450-600

>74

ISE-100

111* Composition I (”Stretch I”)

<15

<380

<60

N/A

112* Composition II (”Stretch II”)

N/A

N/A

N/A

ENGL 111

113* Enhanced Composition (“Studio”)

15–18

380–440

60–74

N/A

120 Composition III

26–28

610–640

N/A

ENGL 110, 112, or 113

To place out of all First-Year Composition Courses

>28

>640

N/A

ENGL 120

* ENGL 111, 112, and 113 require special permission for registration; contact Gloria Sands (gsands@unm.edu; 277-5576).

Effective Summer 2014: 

 Advanced Placement (AP) 

  • An AP score of 3 or 4 on either the English Language & Composition exam or the English Literature & Composition exam earns credit for English 110 and qualifies you for placement in English 120, 219 or 220.
  • An AP score of 5 on the English Language & Composition exam earns credit for English 110 and 120, satisfying the University Writing Proficiency Requirement and qualifying you for placement in English 219 and 220.
  • An AP score of 5 on the English Literature & Composition exam earns credit for English 120 and 150, satisfying the University Writing Proficiency Requirement, qualifying you for placement in English 219 and 220, and partially satisfying the University Humanities Core Requirement.
  • AP scores of 5 on both the English Literature & Composition exam and the English Language & Composition exam earns credit for English 110, 120 and 150, qualifying you for placement in English 219 and 220 and partially satisfying the University Humanities Core Requirement.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

  • The College Composition Modular Exam with a score of 50 or above earns 6 English general elective credits.
  • The College Composition Exam with a score of 50 or above earns credit for English 110 as well as 3 English general elective credits and qualifies you for placement in English 120, 219 or 220.

International Baccalaureate (IB) [HIGHER LEVEL ONLY]

  • A Higher Level IB score of 4 earns credit for English 110 and qualifies you for placement in English 120, 219 or 220.
  • A Higher Level IB score of 5 earns credit for English 110 and 120, satisfying the University Writing Proficiency Requirement and qualifying you for placement in English 219 and 220.