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Orientation

Orientation is an excellent way for the college to present a lot of important information to incoming students. Orientation sessions usually last about an hour and then we help the students get registered for the coming semester.

Topics covered in Orientation include:

Financial Aid

How to Register

Tips for being successful at SouthArk

Introduction to all of the wonderful academic services that they college provides.

Orientation sessions are listed in the schedule of classes and every student is encouraged to attend orientation.

Pre-Admission Test

o be fully admitted to SouthArk, scores from ONE of the following admissions test: ACT, SAT, ASSET or COMPASS, must be in your admissions file.. The college gives the COMPASS on campus every Wednesday at 2:00 except for the first Wednesday of the month, then the test is given at 6:00 p.m. If these times will not work for you, we encourage you to contact Heather Rowe, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-870-862-8131 ext. 413 to set up a convenient time.

 

Basic Studies Requirements
All students must demonstrate basic skills in writing, reading and mathematics by attaining minimum placement test scores or passing appropriate courses. Degree-seeking students may meet Basic Studies requirement by doing the following:

English

 

ACT scores 

ASSET score 

COMPASS Scores 

SAT scores

19+

42+

75+

470

or complete Writing II



Reading

ACT scores 

ASSET score 

COMPASS Scores 

SAT scores

19+

42+

82+

470

Or complete Reading II



Mathematics

ACT scores 

ASSET score 

COMPASS Scores 

SAT scores

19+

43+
Intermediate Algebra Test

71+
Algebra Test

460

Or complete Intermediate Algebra



In compliance with Arkansas Statutes, South Arkansas Community College uses standardized tests for course placement.  The COMPASS, ASSET, ACT or SAT test measure academic preparedness in reading, writing and mathematics. Students are placed in Basic Studies courses if the scores on the COMPASS, ASSET, ACT and/or SAT indicate a need for college preparatory work. Students who enroll in basic studies courses must satisfactorily complete the work for the course. The college will accept ASSET or COMPASS scores if a student has been tested at another college. The student is responsible for having official test scores sent to the college.

Students must be enrolled in basic studies course during each semesters until the have completed all of the necessary requirements.

COURSE PLACEMENT TEST SCORES

Writing Skills

 

ACT Scores

ASSET Scores 

COMPASS Scores 

Courses Required

15 or below 

23-35 

01-41 

Writing I

16-18 

36-41 

42-74 

Writing II

19

42+

75-100 

Composition I



Reading Skills

 

ACT Scores 

ASSET Scores 

COMPASS Scores 

Courses Required

15 or below 

23-32 

01-50 

Reading I

16-18 

33-39 

51-81 

Reading II

19

41+

82-100 

Reading not required



Math Skills

 

ACT Scores 

ASSET Scores 

COMPASS Scores 

Courses Required

Mathematics

Numerical Skills 

Pre-algebra 

 

14 or below 

23-38 

01-35 

Fundamentals of Arithmetic

15-16 

39+

36-100 

Elementary Algebra

17-18   

 

 

Intermediate Algebra

 

Intermediate Algebra 

Algebra

15-16 

23-33  

 

Elementary Algebra

17-18 

34-42 

50-70 

Intermediate Algebra

19+

43+

71-100 

College Algebra

 

 

SAT SCORES 

 

English & Reading 

470 or above – Composition I
Reading not required

Mathematics

 460 or above – College Algebra



Students who are required to have two or more basic studies course are required to take a three (3) credit course entitled FYI 1003 Freshman Year Information. This course is designed to provide all new students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in future courses.

Students who are required to take basic studies course as a pre-requisite will be limited in the number of other courses available. See the course description section for further information about pre-requisites.

Unclassified

First Time in College (Non-Degree Seeking)

 

This category is intended for students who have never attended college, are not sure that they will ultimately seek a college degree or certificate, and wish to enroll in a limited number of college credit courses.

A student in this category who has completed high school* must follow all regular application procedures with the exception of the placement test.  The student may take up to 10 semester hours of credit under these conditions, if the courses taken do not require placement scores in English, Math, or Reading.  After completion of 10 semester hours, the student must take the COMPASS or otherwise provide placement test scores and must change his/her status to Regular Admission (Degree/Certificate Seeking).

*Note:  Non-high school graduates must take the placement test to show ability to benefit before enrolling in college, and therefore cannot be exempt from this requirement.

Business and Industry

This category is intended for students who wish to enroll in specific courses that have been scheduled by/for business and industry or courses business and industry have specified for their employees.  Generally, students in this category will enroll or be registered at the request of an employer. Business and Industry students must submit the application for admission only; they are exempt from placement testing, transcript, and immunization requirements as long as they remain in this category.  Business and Industry students are ineligible to receive financial aid.  The business/industry/employer is responsible for determining that all appropriate prerequisites are met.

Should a Business and Industry student wish to change to degree or certificate-seeking status, all requirements of Regular Admissions (readmission) will then apply.

Other Educational Objectives

This category is reserved for students who:
1. hold an associate or bachelor degree and are not seeking an additional degree at South Arkansas Community College;
2. are seeking teacher certification;
3. are concurrently enrolled at another college or university;
4. are enrolled for enrichment purposes only;
5. are attending college with an Over 60 waiver. **

**Students in this category must complete an application for admission and proof of graduation, if applicable.  Students taking advantage of the Over 60 Waiver who wish to earn a degree or certificate must follow guidelines for Regular or Transfer Admission.

Persons over 60 are exempt from basic skills requirements unless enrolled in a degree program.   

High School Students

Concurrent Enrollment
Any qualified student in a public or private high school may enroll in college-level courses with written permission from his/her high school principal. Qualified refers to approval by the Office of Admissions including completion of the application for admission and presentation of placement scores for either ACT, SAT, ASSET, or COMPASS. Specifically, the following restrictions are placed on enrollment of students in the concurrent enrollment category:

 

  1.   To enroll in English composition or other college-level courses not requiring a math prerequisite, students must score the following

 

ACT

ASSET

COMPASS

SAT

English

Writing

Writing

English

19

42

75

470

  AND

 

ACT

ASSET

COMPASS

SAT

Reading

Reading 

Reading

Reading

19

41

82

470


2.  To enroll in College Algebra, students must score the following:

 

ACT

ASSET

COMPASS

SAT

Math

Interm. Algebra

Math

Quantitative

19

43

71

460


Note: High school students who have not taken a placement test and provided scores as listed above are eligible to enroll only in Reading Skills I, Fundamentals of Writing I, Fundamentals of Arithmetic plus Lab, physical education courses, piano, elementary keyboarding, and choir. 

Tech Prep

In 1993, South Arkansas Community College, in conjunction with area school districts, established the Union County Tech Prep Consortium. Students from member high schools may be admitted to some college technical programs for dual credit through an agreement with the Consortium.

To be admitted to the TECH PREP program, students must be recommended by the high school and approved by the Consortium.

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