Department of English
Kimpel Hall, 333
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: 479.575.4301
Fax: 479.575.5919

Remediation Information

Course Offerings in Developmental English

As you plan your future academic career, if you were admitted with a remediation requirement, it was because your ACT or SAT scores fell below the Universiy of Arkansas admission standards in reading and/or writing in English. If you have questions about this, please contact the Office of Admissions at (479) 575-5346.

To fulfill your English remediation requirement/s and to provide support with your efforts in these areas, there are course offerings in Fall and Spring terms, one in writing and one in reading:

You may register for the course/s you need online through ISIS. Please see your academic advisor for assistance or the Fulbright Advising Office, if you need help enrolling. You must take these courses in the first 30 hours here at the U of A. If you do not enroll in fall, make sure you take the required course/s in spring. (See below under the Compass Exam heading for information on 'testing out' of coursework.)

Intersession Offerings

ENGL 0013 is often offered in January or May Intersession. This is a shortened, intensive course where the requirement for one of these courses can be fulfilled in 10 days.

Compass Exam

The Compass Exam, written by ACT, replaces a low ACT or SAT score in the area of reading or writing. This is an opportunity to test out of either of the developmental courses by taking the Compass exam in the necessary area of remediation. The Compass is an untimed test, given either for English reading or writing, for whichever is your need. Testing Services across the US offer this exam. Testing Services located off Razorback Road at the U of A offers these tests. The cost per test is $30. You may schedule this exam at your convenience by calling UA Testing Services and arranging this to fit your schedule.

The Compass Exam is offered during the summer free and scheduled for you if you are a new freshman and attend Summer Orientation.

**More than 50% who take the Compass Exam pass the test, eliminating the need for a 15 week course (and the tuition cost and work). You will get your results as soon as you finish. There is no limit to the number of times you can take the test. It takes about an hour, on average, to complete the test.

Test preparation: You may see what the test is like by visiting for sample test questions. If you pass, please see your academic advisor or contact the Registrar, so results can be added this to your official academic record through the Office of the Registrar.