Prerequisites and Co-requisites for NSCC Courses
All entering students will be assigned to a placement level in English (Writing), Math, and Reading depending on their ACT, COMPASS, or SAT scores in those areas. Successful completion of Level 1 progresses students to Level 2. Students who completed all Learning Support competencies in those areas prior to Fall 2015 are categorized as Level 2.


When advising, use the learning support documents below to place students into an appropriate co-requisite experience to gain learning support competencies.

Advising for Learning Support English and Reading (PDF)
Advising for Learning Support Math (PDF)
Learning Support Advising Quick Sheet (PDF)

Levels for English

Level ACT English sub-score COMPASS Writing Skills SAT Critical Reading Placement
1 17 or below 76 or below 440 or below ENGL 1010 + ENGL 0815
2 18 or higher 77 or higher 450 or above ENGL 1010

Levels for Mathematics

Level ACT Math sub-score COMPASS Algebra SAT Placement
1 18 or below 37 or below Math: 450 or below MATH 1000 + 0815, MATH 1010 + 0825, MATH 1530 + 0835, MATH 1630 + 0845
2 19-26 38-83 Math: 460 or above MATH 1000 (for SAILS completers only), 1010, 1130, 1410, 1530, 1630, or 1710
3 27 or higher 84 or above Composite: 1220-1280 MATH 1720, 1830 or below
4 29 or higher 93 or above Composite: 1290 or higher MATH 1910 or below

Levels for Reading

Level ACT Reading sub-score COMPASS Reading SAT Critical Reading Placement
1 18 or below 82 or below 450 or below Designated college-level course + READ 0815
2 19 or higher 83 or higher 460 or above Any college-level course for which reading competency is a prerequisite


Quality Education to Launch your Future

Nashville State offers a high quality, technical education as you prepare to enter the work force, or gives you a strong foundation as you plan to transfer to a four-year school.

Programs of Study Offered at Nashville State

Students earn Associate’s degrees and technical certificates in over 80 Programs of Study. Business and industry professional get short-term training and participate in continuing education through the Workforce and Community Development.

On-Campus or Online Learning for your Convenience

You can earn your degree and take your classes at any of Nashville State’s six campuses and centers in Nashville, Clarksville, Dickson, Humphreys County, and Cookeville. Nashville State also has online and hybrid courses that can be taken from anywhere, on your time table.

Academic Resources that Help you Succeed

Nashville State’s Mayfield Library facilitates learning and research for Nashville State students, staff, and faculty. It houses over 100,000 titles that are accessible through an online catalog. The Learning Center provides NSCC students free, drop-in academic assistance with courses in which they are currently enrolled at the college.

The Clement Building Open Lab in C-219 provides student access to PC and Mac computers, classroom software, Internet access, and two flatbed scanners. Hours of operation vary and are posted online and on the Open Lab door. Students may call 615-353-3678 or email

Check your satellite campus for open computer lab availability and hours.

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