The Reading Placement Exam is also known as the Next Generation Accuplacer Reading Comprehension Exam, a nationally administered, computerized placement test designed to provide placement and advising information for students entering college. It provides students with the opportunity to “challenge” their placement in the RDG 095 course and helps us to determine if they will benefit from and are required to take RDG 095. The exam is a self-paced test given on a computer and consists of reading comprehension (questions related to reading skills, such as identifying the main idea and making references) and sentence skills (questions related to sentence structure and grammar).

You may prepare for the reading placement exam as much as you wish, but you may not bring any notes or written material with you.

Please fill out the registration form below. The exam is offered at the Center for Academic Support, Hearnes 213.

RDG 095 Reading Skills Improvement is a course designed for students who need to improve their understanding of written expression. The focus of the course is on higher-level comprehension and vocabulary skills.

Students will learn how to:

  • Be an active and engaged reader
  • Actually remember what they read
  • Increase reading speed
  • Expand their vocabulary
  • Become a critical thinker
  • Find empowerment through reading

RDG 095 is required for freshman students who score 17 or below on the ACT reading section or score 84 or below (prior to Summer 2018) on the Reading Placement Exam approved by Missouri Western. Beginning in Summer 2018, Missouri Western will utilize the a new format for the Reading Placement Exam (also known as the Next Generation Accuplacer Reading Comprehension Exam), and a score of 250 or higher will be required to test out of RDG 095. If you took the placement exam prior to Summer 2018 and you are satisfied with your score, you do not need to retake exam using the new format.  

Students who score 17 or below on the ACT reading section may elect to take the Reading Placement Exam prior to the beginning of the semester.

Reading is assigned in almost every college course offered on campus; therefore, being able to complete, understand and remember everything you read is vital to your success as a college student. For example, general study courses in history, psychology, and biology as well as English rely heavily on reading assignments from textbooks, magazines, newspapers and journals; therefore, being able to actively and critically read an essay, a chapter from a textbook or an article from a magazine or newspaper is crucial to your success in these classes.

As part of this course, your instructor will provide you with pre-reading, reading, note-taking and studying strategies. In addition, you will also go beyond comprehending the main points of a text, and strengthen your academic reading skills by recognizing supporting details and the organizational pattern of a text.

This course will help you to see connections between what and how you read in this course and in other courses. Moreover, reading can help you to make sense of your experiences and of your life by providing you with connections between yourself and your larger community. In this course, you will read and participate in lively and intellectually challenging discussions about topics that affect you and events that are taking place around you. This response to reading and exchange of ideas is the cornerstone of the true college experience and, after completing this course, you will be a better-prepared student and citizen. This course will enable you to succeed in academic reading comprehension.

No. If you are satisfied with placement according to Reading subsection of the ACT scores, you may accept that placement. Currently, a Reading subsection ACT score of 17 or lower places you in RDG 095. If you believe you have strong critical reading skills and wish to challenge this placement, you should consider taking the Reading Placement Exam. Note: Because RDG 095 is a developmental class below the 100-level, it does not count towards students’ credit for graduation.

No. You remain eligible for any class in which your R-ACT score would place you. This test is an additional way to receive a higher placement. You may also use the score to help you consider whether to take a lower course voluntarily.

You will receive your scores the same day.