Placement

Good writing skills are part of your educational toolbox and a part of your professional toolbox. Students will be placed in Rhetoric 0321 (Reading), Rhetoric 0310 (Composition Fundamentals) and Rhetoric 1311 (Composition I), just Rhetoric 1311 (Composition I), just Rhetoric 1312 (Composition II) OR Rhetoric 1320 (Honors Composition) based upon their ACT scores or SAT scores. Students who don’t have ACT or SAT scores or would like to improve their placement may take the Compass Test through UALR’s Testing Services. Students may retake the Compass Test as many times as they would like.

 Compass Reading Score

  • 82 or less – RHET 0321
  • 83 or more -¬†Always exempt from RHET 0321

 Compass Composition Score

  • 38 or less – RHET 0321
  • 79 or less – RHET 0310 and RHET 1311 simultaneously
  • 80 or more – RHET 1311
  • 99 or more but made less than a B in high school English – RHET 1312
  • 98 or more and made an A or B in high school English – RHET 1320

ACT Reading Score

  • 18 or less – RHET 0321
  • 19 or more -¬†Always exempt from RHET 0321

 ACT English Score

  • 13 or less – RHET 0321
  • 14-18 or less – RHET 0310 and RHET 1311 simultaneously
  • 19 or more – RHET 1311
  • 29 or more but made less than a B in high school English – RHET 1312
  • 27 or more and made an A or B in high school English – RHET 1320

 SAT Critical Reading Score

  • 469 or Less – RHET 0321
  • 470 or More – Always exempt from RHET 0321

 SAT Writing Score

  • 359 or less – RHET 0321
  • 449 or less – RHET 0310 and RHET 1311 simultaneously
  • 450 or more – RHET 1311
  • 650 or more but made less than a B in high school English – RHET 1312
  • 610 or more and made an A or B in high school English – RHET 1320

Students transferring 60 or more hours to UALR who have met the first year composition requirement at the college previously attended may be exempted from UALR’s freshman composition requirement. The decision to exempt a student is made by the student’s major department chairperson when the student files a degree plan.


Testing Out of Composition

Students who feel they already have the requisite skills of either Rhetoric 1311 or 1312 may attempt to complete these requirements by examination or testing out. For information about test dates, required fees, and test content, students should contact the Office of Testing Services and Student Life Research. The tests parallel the contents of Rhetoric 1311 and 1312. A student who successfully tests out of a course will receive no grade but will receive three credit hours, per course, toward graduation.