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Placement

English Standardized Test Scores and Placement

Standardized test scores determine student placement in English 110, 111/112, 113, and 120 courses.  
English 113 will not be offered at main campus locations fall 2017-summer 2018, with those students
being placed in English 110. Test scores may also determine exemption from these courses, and may
earn academic credit. 

 ACT English

 SAT Verbal

 SAT Evidence-Based Reading/Writing

 Accuplacer

 Compass Writing

 Prerequisite Courses

 Placement

15-25

380-600

430-650

109-120

75+

 

ISE-100

English 110*

<15

<380

<430

<109 (Main Campus), <93 (Branch Campuses)

<75 (Main Campus, <60 (Branch Campuses)

N/A

English 111*

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

English 111

English 112*

 

15-18

380-440

 

430-490

 

93-108

 

60-74

 

N/A

 

English 113*

(Offered at Branch Campuses Only)

 

26-28

610-640

 

660-690

N/A

N/A

English 110, 112, or 113

English 120

 

 

 

29+

 

 

 

650+

 

 

 

700+

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

To Place Out of

All 1st-Year

Composition Courses

*ENGL 110, 111/112, 113, and 120 may require special permission for registration.
Please contact Gloria Sands at 277-5576 or by e-mail at gsands@unm.edu.

ACT, SAT Verbal, & SAT Evidence-Based Reading/Writing Exams

  • Student scores on the ACT English, the SAT Verbal, or SAT Evidence-Based Reading/Writing exam determine placement in English 110, 111/112, 113 and 120, and can determine exemption from these courses. 
  • ACT and SAT scores do not earn course 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’s writing proficiency requirements.  Your academic advisor will work with you during orientation to determine appropriate placement and credit.

Advanced Placement Exam (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. (As of fall 2017, English 120 is a prerequisite requirement for English 219 and English 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 Exam (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.

International Baccalaureate Exam (IB)

  • Applies only to Higher Level IB
  • A Higher Level IB score of 4 earns credit for English 110 and qualifies you for placement in English 120. 
  • 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.

International Admission Testing

If English is not the student's official language of their home country, the student must demonstrate English language proficiency.  Most students will need to submit official English proficiency test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson, or Cambridge) that are LESS than 2 years old.

TOEFL Exam - Test of English as a Foreign Language

Undergraduate:

  • A minimum score of 520 on the PBT (paper-based test), or 190 on the CBT (computer-based test), or 68 on the IBT (internet-based test), earns placement in ENGL110.  A high TOEFL score does not exempt a student from taking ENGL110. 
  • A student has the option of requesting placement in English 110 ESL (English as a Second Language) course, if seats are available, or any of the other available English 110 classes. 
  • Override permissions are required and are given by the English Department in order for a student to register.
  • CELAC (Center for English Language and American Culture) offers a TOELF PBT Preparation course that is available to all students or residents, and CELAC or non-CELAC students can apply for the exam.
  • CELAC is a university pre-academic, non-credit, intensive English language program at UNM.  It is part of the Global Education Office (GEO). 
  • CELAC serves students who want to develop college-level skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking English.   

Graduate:

  • A minimum score of 550 on PBT, 213 on CBT, or 79 on IBT is required to demonstrate graduate level proficiency. 
  • A graduate level student can take ENGL220 or ENGL224 without having taken ENGL110 (but an undergraduate student cannot). 

IELTS Exam - International English Language Testing System

Undergraduate:

  • A minimum score of 6.0 is required on the PBT, CBT, or IBT exams for ENGL110 placement.

Graduate:

  • A minimum score of 6.5 on the PBT, CBT, or IBT exams is required for placement in ENGL120, however ENGL120 is not generally required of graduate students.

Pearson Test of English

Undergraduate:

  • A minimum score of 47 on the PBT, CBT, or IBT exams is required for placement in ENGL110.

Cambridge Test

  • A satisfactory score of "C" is required for placement in ENGL110.

Department of English Language and Literature
Humanities Building, Second Floor
MSC03 2170
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Phone: (505) 277-6347
Fax: (505) 277-0021

english@unm.edu