Contact Info

Placement Testing Office
Melissa C. Murphy
Director of Placement Testing
School of Academic Programs and Services
Horton Hall, room 019
Shippensburg University
Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-1014
mcmurphy@ship.edu

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Developmental Placements

Developmental courses do not count toward graduation. However, these credits are included in determining a student’s class standing, and the grades are computed in the student's GPA.

If placing into any developmental course, continue reading for further information and options.

Whenever possible, students are encouraged to remediate any developmental placement BEFORE beginning classes at Ship. In order to successfully move on to the college level, students must earn a grade of “C” or higher or its equivalent. Those who earn below a “C” must repeat the course the next immediate semester.

Frequently, students who test into a developmental level do not sufficiently review prior to testing. Please access and review all available resources.  

It is important to take placement test(s) as early as possible so that you have time to remediate before beginning classes at Ship if necessary. 

Reading Options
Placement into a Developmental Reading course is determined by your SAT scores. Students with Verbal SAT scores below 425 will be placed into Developmental Reading (Reading & Study Skills, RDG 050).

If you are placed into Developmental Reading based on your SAT scores, see the links below for further information. Keep in mind that if you choose not to take a Developmental Reading course prior to beginning classes at Ship, your first semester schedule will be restricted to 9 credits (along with your Developmental Reading course). This means that you will be a semester behind. Carefully consider the following information:

Options for Students Placed in Developmental Reading (RDG 050) 

Additional information regarding your options for remediating your Reading placement prior to beginning classes at Shippensburg is offered:

Developmental Reading Alternative Locations