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Assessment and Placement

The assessment and placement process has been established to enable all students an opportunity to achieve probable success along their academic pathway.

The college will no longer utilize a placement test to determine students’ readiness for English, math, and reading courses. High school information and/or other measures will be used to determine appropriate course placement.

Students have the right to access transfer-level English, math, and reading courses.  Non-Native Speakers may select to take credit English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

Most students will complete an online tool called the Assessment Questionnaire (AQ) and will receive recommendations for enrolling into English, math, and reading courses based on an assessment utilizing multiple measures. The AQ is not a test.  Students will be asked to provide information about the English and math courses they took in high school and their grades in those courses as well as their cumulative grade point average.

Students who complete the AQ will be eligible for the following.

  • English:  Upon completion of the assessment process, all students will have the opportunity to take transfer-level English.  Students with a U.S. high school diploma or equivalent will automatically be eligible for transfer-level English upon completion of the AQ.  For English language learners, credit ESL courses are available through the American Language (AMLA) Department.

  • Math All students will be eligible for transfer-level math upon completion of the AQ.

  • Reading Students with a U.S. high school diploma or equivalent will automatically be eligible for transfer-level reading upon completion of the AQ.

Math Guidance Video

English Guidance Video

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