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Placement exams

Placement exams are particularly important based on your programme and should be taken seriously. Failure to do so can delay your full enrollment. Information on placement exams dates are usually posted on the noticeboard in your enrolled school, but are generally held within the fist two weeks of a semester.

Mathematics Placement Exam

Mature students and GED students who have no CXC subjects will not be required to take CXC Math if they are doing Business Education, Computer Science, or Biology.

However, they will be required to take the MATH Placement Test, and if they score at the proper level to take the required math course for their majors, usually MATH165 or higher, they may proceed to take the required course.

If they do not score high enough, then they must take either the CXC math or take additional math courses that will prepare them to pass the MATH Placement Test, when it is taken again to get into their required math course.

Transfer students with no CXC math in programmes requiring math should be evaluated as follows: If the transfer student has already passed the same math course or its equivalent as required in the respective programme (in most cases MATH165), he/she does not need to take the CXC math.

If the transfer student has not already passed the required math course, he/she should take the MATH Placement Test.


English Placement Exam

The following categories of students are required to take the proficiency examination. If they do not score 75% or higher, they must take ENGL 110: Beginning Composition.

  • Students who have a grade of II or III on the CXC
  • Students who have a cumulative grade average below B or its equivalent on the High School Diploma Level
  • Students who have taken the GED to meet entrance requirements.
  • Students Transferring from University of the Southern Caribbean Programmes

A student who did not have five O-level GCE or CXC passes before entering the University of the Southern Caribbean degree programme will be required to subtract 6 semester (9 semester) credits from those earned in the USC programme for each missing O-level pass, up to a maximum of 30 credits.

Thus the student would be required to complete the 30 USC requirements, plus up to 30 additional credits to a total of 60, in order to be eligible for graduation. The student will also have to complete all major and minor requirements, with their prerequisites and cognates.

The regular published policy relating to the number of residency credits taken in the major and minor by transfer students will apply at all times.