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Written and Oral English Competencies for Honors Students

Honors students earning a grade of C (2.00) or better in HON 110, Speaking and Writing with Critical Awareness, fulfill the Oral English Competency and the Freshman Composition portion of the Written English Competency requirements. HON 110 is intended primarily for Centralis Scholars. Honors students must still fulfill parts II and III of the Written English Competency and the Mathematics Competency requirements as specified in those sections.

Written and Oral English Competencies for Stu- dents from Other Nations

Those students from other nations who are required to take ELI 198 and ELI 199, American Language for International Students, will fulfill the Basic Freshman Composition portion of the Written English Competency Requirement and the Oral English Compe- tency Requirement by earning a C (2.00) or better in the course. Students must still fulfill parts II and III of the Written English Competency and the Mathematics Competency requirements as specified in those sections.

Mathematics Competency Requirement

Math competency must be completed before 56 hours of coursework.

There are two ways by which a student may satisfy the Math- ematics Competency Requirement:

  • 1.

    Earning a grade of C (2.00) or better in any mathematics (MTH) or statistics (STA) course numbered 105 or above (excluding MTH 151, MTH 152, or MTH 200), OR

  • 2.

    Successfully completing the Mathematics Competency Examination, the International Baccalaureate Mathematics Examination (higher or subsidiary level), or any CLEP or AP examination approved for credit in a mathematics (MTH) or statistics (STA) course numbered higher than MTH 105 (except MTH 151, MTH 152, or MTH 200).

Mathematics Competency Examination

Students seeking to satisfy the Mathematics Competency Requirement by successfully completing the Mathematics Com- petency Examination must pass the exam by the time they have completed 36 hours of academic credit at CMU. Students who transfer more than 36 credit hours to CMU may take the compe- tency examination only during their first semester at CMU.

The Mathematics Competency Examination consists of 60 questions from which an overall score and five subscores are computed. The Mathematics Competency Requirement is satis- fied by an overall score of at least 80% on the test together with established minimum scores on each of the five subsections of the test: (1) arithmetic operations, exponents and number theory; (2) polynomials; (3) algebraic notation, equations, inequalities and applications; (4) percent, ratio and proportion, measurement; (5) functions, line and graphs.

The examination is administered four times each semester. Examination results are reported in writing to the student with the following information: the overall score together with individual subscores, a statement of performance objectives which the student has not satisfied, instruction for retesting, if applicable, and a list of remedial options such as recommended textbooks and/or coursework at CMU, if applicable.

General Education Requirements

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Students who receive notice of unsatisfactory examination results will be allowed to retest on any of the scheduled dates, subject to the requirement that a student may retest no more than two times. A student who receives an overall score of less than 80% will retake the entire exam. A student who receives an overall score of 80% or higher, but scores below the minimum level required on one or more subsections, needs only to retest on those areas with subscores below the minimum.

The Mathematics Competency Examination is administered by the Computer-Based and Placement Testing Center (for more information, see www.cmich.edu/cbptc/ or call 989-774-1092).

General Requirements for all Competencies

  • 1.

    A student must demonstrate competency in each of the compe- tency areas described in the Bulletin under which the student graduates.

  • 2.

    Competencies must be completed before 56 hours of course- work.

  • 3.

    A student attempting to satisfy a specific competency re- quirement in a given academic year will use the method(s) and requirement(s) in effect that year. The method(s) and requirement(s) may change from year to year.

  • 4.

    A competency requirement in a specific area, once satisfied, remains valid until the student graduates.

  • 5.

    If the chairperson of the department most directly concerned with a competency judges that a student has satisfied a com- petency requirement by means other than those approved by the Academic Senate, that chairperson will certify in writing to the registrar that the student has satisfied the requirement. These departments are: Written English Competency - Department of English Language and Literature

Oral English Competency - Department of Speech Communi- cation and Dramatic Arts

Mathematics Competency - Department of Mathematics

6. Students with disabilities who, by virtue of these disabilities, might be prevented from taking competency examinations or otherwise meeting competency requirements may have such requirements waived by the Director of Student Disability Ser- vices or by the appropriate department chairperson as listed above, including for Oral English, the chair of the Department of Communication Disorders.

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