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With the exception of entering students who can document foundational studies cut scores. 
Oglala Lakota College entering students shall take Accuplacer test (Reading, Comprehension, 
Sentence Structure and Mathematics) to determine their academic skills for college level 
placement. The cut scores are set: Reading Comprehension  65, Sentence Structure  80 and 
Algebra  35, with 44 required for the Math 093 Scholarship Award.

Students who can provide official documentation, demonstrating a 10.1 equivalency or above in 
reading comprehension, sentence structure, and mathematics, utilizing other nationally 
recognized tests shall be exempt from the Accuplacer exam.

Nationally recognized tests that qualify for this exemption are as follows:

*	ACT reading and math cut score of 21 
*	Passed the GED within the last five years
*	SAT reading and math cut score of 870
*	Compass Scores: Reading 81, English 70, Math 48

Entering students whose scores do not meet the listed cut scores for college level placement will 
register in the appropriate Foundational Studies courses for coursework that will prepare them 
for college level courses.

Students whose scores require Foundational Studies placement in reading comprehension and 
sentence structure may concurrently enroll ONLY in the following college-level courses for two 

*	Lak 103
*	Lak 233
*	LArt 103
*	LArt 113
*	Art 103
*	Art 133
*	Hum 143
*	OED 103
*	CS 103

Students placed in Foundational Studies courses may enroll in no more than 12 total credit hours, 
including the Foundational Studies courses

All new students who are placed into RW 083/RW 093 must achieve a 10.1 reading grade level 
(65 on the Accuplacer reading comprehension test) within two semesters. New students who do 
not achieve the 10.1 reading grade level the first semester will only be able to register for the 
Basic English and Basic Math classes the second semester. New students will not be charged 
tuition or fees for the foundational studies courses repeated the second semester. New students 
who do not achieve the 10.1 reading grade level after the second semester will not be allowed to 
register the following semester for classes. 

Any student unable to achieve the 10.1 reading grade level in the time allotted must work with 
district center counselors and tutors to achieve the 10.1 reading grade level. 
Foundational Studies courses do not count toward total credit hour requirements for graduation. 

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