English 150 Placement
The First-Year Composition Program became the ISUComm Foundation Courses Program beginning in Fall 2007. As part of this process, English 104 and 105 have been renumbered (English 150 and 250); refocused from an emphasis on writing-only to an integration of written, oral, visual, and electronic communication (WOVE); and restructured (shifting the second course to the sophomore level).
English Placement Policies for Students whose First Language is not English
Students whose first language is not English must refer to the ESL Testing website for further information on the placement policies they must follow at Iowa State University. This policy includes students with ACT-E/SAT-V scores and students with transfer credit for English 150 and 250. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com or contact Volker Hegelheimer at 515-294-2282.
Automatic Exemption from English 150
Students can be exempted from English 150 and receive 3 hours of "T" credit for 150 if they meet one of the following criteria AND receive a "C" or better in English 250 taken at Iowa State University:
NOTE: ACT-E/SAT-V score must be an official score (not an unofficial self-report score), and high school rank must be the final rank (not an action rank). Students with only self-report scores and action ranks must be placed into English 150.
Students who do not have a high school rank but do have an ACT-E of 23 or SAT-V of 540 must take English 150 unless they pass the English 150 Placement Assessment.
This policy affects not only new students, but also current students who have not yet fulfilled their ISUComm Foundation Courses requirement.
English 150 Placement Assessment
This is a test that allows students an opportunity to challenge their placement in English 150 if students' ACT-E/SAT-V scores are not high enough to automatically place them in English 250. Students are given 30 minutes to plan and write an essay on a prompt the ISUComm Foundation Courses Director has prepared. There is no fee to take the English 150 Placement Assessment.
The English 150 Placement Assessment will be administered by the Testing Office in January, April, May, June, July, August, and November. Students are to contact their college advising office for actual dates of the English 150 Placement Assessment. If a student demonstrates sufficiently advanced writing skills, student is placed in English 250. Listed below are the skills required for such a placement.
NOTE: Students who are exempted from or who place out of English 150 will receive 3 hours of "T" credit for English 150 only if they take English 250 at Iowa State University and receive at least a "C" in the course. English 250 must normally be completed by the end of the student's sophomore year.
Who must take the English 150 Placement Assessment?
NOTE: Non-native English-speaking students who graduated from a U.S. high school with an ACT-E below 16 or SAT-V below 410 must take the English Placement Test (EPT) for Non-Native Speakers of English.
For additional information, students should contact their college advising office.
Advanced Placement (AP) Credit for English 150
Students do not receive credit for English 250 based on Advanced Placement (AP) Exam scores.