All entering undergraduate students, including transfer students (with or without credit for freshman English composition) must pass the Writing Sample Placement Test (WSPT). Freshman students are required to take the WSPT for placement purposes.
Transfer students with credit for freshman English composition will use WSPT scores for diagnostic purposes. Transfer students who do not pass the WSPT must meet with a writing counselor to form a plan of action to correct writing deficiencies before registering for the second semester. Transfer students are required to pass the WSPT before the end of their second semester. This policy was developed to ensure that all students have the writing skills to successfully complete the Exit Exam, a graduation requirement.
Those students who do not have credit for freshman English composition and who have not received their test results by course registration during PREVIEW will not be able to register for English composition or any class that has English Composition as a prerequisite.
The highest SAT Math score (or ACT score if you did not take the SAT) of incoming freshmen will determine Math Placement. All incoming students are eligible to enroll in MATH 101M (Math for Critical Thinking) or MATH 103M (College Algebra with Supplemental Instruction). Those students who seek higher placement than MATH 101M or 103M must submit either an SAT score or an ACT score or they must agree to take the COMPASS Placement Test. Appropriate scores on one of these tests will place the student into one of the following: Stat 130M Statistics, MATH 102M College Algebra, Math 162M PreCalculus I, Math 163 PreCalculus II, or Math 211 Calculus I. Students can challenge their math placement and/or seek academic credit by making an appointment to take the COMPASS placement test at the University Testing Center. Click on "Schedule" from the menu on the left for times and dates. For more information or to schedule to take the COMPASS, contact the Test Center at 757-683-3697.
*COMPASS Math Placement Test is used for placement into a math course at ODU, therefore, once a student has enrolled/completed any math course at ODU they are not eligible to take the COMPASS Math Placement Test.
RE-TEST POLICY: Eligible students are allowed to take the COMPASS Math Placement Test twice in a semester.
REMINDER: You are not eligible to re-test if you have enrolled in a math course at ODU.
All students who have studied a foreign language in high school for three or more years who wish to continue in that same language must take the Foreign Language Achievement Test. Students with fewer than 3 years of foreign language study in high school may take the test if they wish; otherwise, they must begin with the 101F course. Foreign Language courses below the 300 level are not open to native speakers. Students are advised to contact the Testing Center at (757) 683-3697 to schedule an appointment to take the test. There is a $25 fee (may be subject to change) for this test.
Exit Examination of Writing Proficiency (Exit Exam)
All undergraduate students, including those students who are seeking a second baccalaureate degree, must register for, take and pass the University's Exit Examination of Writing Proficiency prior to the date of graduation. Students should take the exam as soon as they have accumulated 58 semester hours of credit and the credit hours appear on the official transcript, usually at the end of the semester in which the hours are completed. Students must have passed the WSPT and English 110C before taking the Exit Exam. The Exit Exam is usually given on the third Saturday of each month except December.
Registration and test dates are listed in each semester's Schedule of Classes, on the Writing Center's home page, and they are posted throughout the campus each month. For questions, call the Writing Center at 757-683-4112.