Placement | LSU University Writing Program

Placement Guidelines


We believe that everyone can develop as a writer and that takes time. Our classes are designed to help students improve as writers for all sorts of situations.

Still, some students may already feel competent in their writing and may want to purse a path of exemption to make a faster progress towards their degree. 

Initial English placement is most commonly determined by the ACT English score AND the ACT Composite score.

We also can use SAT scores OR AP scores OR  a CLEP score.

Students awarded placement in English 2000 will receive credit for English 1001. 

Initial English Placement Based on ACT Scores

English Course Placement ACT English Score   ACT English + ACT Composite Scores*
Placement in ENGL 1001 18 or above AND 38 minimum
Placement in ENGL 2000 26 or above AND 53 minimum
EXEMPT 32 or above AND 65 minimum

LSU does not superscore. 

Initial English Placement Based on SAT Scores

English Course Placement Old SAT Critical Reading Score
Placement in ENGL 1001 450-589
Placement in ENGL 2000 590-719
EXEMPT 720 or higher

Initial Placement and / or Course Credit Based on AP Scores

English Course Placement and / or Credit AP English Language Score
Credit for ENGL 1001 and Placement in ENGL 2000 3
Credit for ENGL 1001 and ENGL 2000 5



English Credit AP English Literature Score
Credit for either 2025, 2027, or 2029 4


Students who receive a CLEP score of 50 or above may receive credit for ENGL 1001.

Students who place out of ENGL 1001 may take an English Literature elective, but they may not take ENGL 2000 until they have earned 39 hours, usually the second semester of their sophomore year. The proper sequence is ENGL 1001, then a General Education 2000-level ENGL Literature elective (if needed), then ENGL 2000.