New students can waive the placement test and bypass developmental courses in a few different ways:
by earning an un-weighted high school GPA of 2.6, by submitting an appropriate SAT/ACT score, by having an associates or bachelors degree from an accredited college, and or by having credit for college level English and math. Please look over the following guidelines to waive the placement test and bypass developmental courses at COA. If you have any questions please feel free to contact your success coach.
Unweighted High School GPA
High School Unweighted GPA equal to or greater than 2.6 and completion of four high school math courses (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra II (or the Standard Course of Study equivalents) and one additional math course.
High School 4th Math Courses:
- Advanced Functions and Modeling
- Analytical Geometry
- AP Statistics
- Discrete Mathematics
- Essentials for College Math (SREB – Math Ready)
- Integrated Mathematics IV
- International Baccalaureate Mathematics
- Probability and Statistics
ACT or SAT Score
Math score equal to or greater than 22.
Reading score equal to or greater than 22.
English score equal to or greater than 18.
Math score equal to or greater than 500.
Writing score equal to or greater than 500.
Critical Reading score equal to or greater than 500.
If an applicant has earned an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and has received credit for college level English and Math.
If an applicant has taken an Advanced Placement (AP) English or Math test while in high school and has scored high enough to receive college credit.
* The student must be a graduate of an accredited or certified High School approved by the Department of Education of the state in which the high school resides. GED is not valid for this measure. For students who apply prior to high school graduation, the cumulative GPA at the end of first semester of the 12th grade, ACT/SAT scores, or qualifying transfer credit may be used. The high school GPA must be within five years prior to the date of enrollment.
** ACT/SAT scores are only eligible if tests were taken five years prior to the date of enrollment.
***Multiple Measures is effective beginning with new students applying and entering for the Fall 2014 semester.
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