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Developmental Education

The Developmental Education program at Morehead State University increases college readiness and promotes success for students who are academically underprepared. Our programs and academic support provide students with the best opportunity to learn the mathematics, reading and writing skills they will need to be prepared for college level courses.

High School Students

If you are a high school senior who has already taken a KYOTE or COMPASS test, work with your school counselor to ensure that the MSU Testing Center has received your most recent scores. These scores will determine your ability to register for classes at SOAR.

Placement Testing

Incoming students whose ACT subtest scores fall below the state College Readiness Standards (see the table below) are required to take a placement test in those areas. Contact your advisor for additional information.


  English Math Reading
ACT          Less than 18     Less than 19      Less than 20
SAT     
Writing score less 
than 450
Math score less
than 460
Critical Reading score 
less than 470

Developmental Program Areas

Morehead State University provides the following developmental courses: 
  • ENG 090 – Developmental Writing: For students with ACT subtest scores in English of 13 or less and a COMPASS e-Write score of 5 or less.
  • ENG 099 – Basic Writing: For students who have completed ENG 090, have ACT subtest scores of 14 to 17 or a COMPASS e-Write score of 6 to 8.
  • EDEL 096 – Strategic Reading I: For students with ACT subtest scores in Reading of 17 or less and a COMPASS Reading score of 76 or less.
  • EDEL 097 – Strategic Reading II: For students who have completed EDEL 096, have ACT subtest scores of 18 or 19 or a COMPASS Reading score of 77 to 84.
  • MATH 090 – Pre-Algebra: For students whose program of study does not require MATH 152 (College Algebra) and who have ACT subtest scores in Math of 18 or less, a COMPASS Math score of 35 or less, or a KYOTE score of 21 or less.
  • MATH 091 – Beginning Algebra: For students who must take MATH 093 and have ACT subtest scores in Math of 18 or less, a COMPASS Math score of 35 or less or a KYOTE score of 21 or less.
  • MATH 093 – Intermediate Algebra: For students whose program of study requires MATH 152 (College Algebra) and who have an ACT subtest score of 19 in Math, a COMPASS Math score of 36 to 40, or a KYOTE score of 22 to 26.
 

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