Placement Options for Reading

Students who score ≤ 23 on the Verbal SAT section and who are therefore placed into the Developmental Reading & Study Skills (RDG:050) course must earn a grade of “C” or better in that course. Developmental courses, such as RDG:050, do not count as credits toward graduation. However, the grade earned in developmental courses are used in determining the student's class standing and grade point average (GPA). It is highly recommended that students placed into the RDG:050 course challenge their Reading placement by taking the Townsend Press Reading Challenge Test at the Shippensburg University Testing Center. If the student takes and passes the Townsend Press Reading Challenge Test, they will no longer be required to take the RDG:050 course. However, if the student takes and does NOT pass the Townsend Press Reading Challenge Test, the student will still be required to take the RDG:050 course. Therefore, before taking the Townsend Press Reading Challenge Test, it is highly recommended that the student work on improving their reading comprehension and vocabulary skills. Lastly, it is highly recommended that if required to take the RDG:050 course, students take the course at Shippensburg University or take an equivalent course at an alternate location (see below) BEFORE their first semester. Otherwise, the student will be restricted to taking only 9 additional credits during their first semester, placing the student 1 full semester behind.


Please click on the link below for a PDF document showing a list of alternative locations to take RDG:050 or RDG:050-equivalent courses:

Developmental Reading Alternative Locations