The college uses placement tests to assess skills in reading, writing, mathematics and English as a second language (ESL).* The results are used to place students into courses where they will have the best opportunity to succeed. Courses are available for students who need developmental work as determined by placement testing.
Before registering for credit courses, students must take the placement tests (or provide other evidence of English or Math eligibility). If students need developmental work, they must begin that work in their first semester at the college and continue until the requirements are completed (which may take several semesters). Based upon reading/writing placement testing, students may be required to enroll in College Success/Academic Learning Skills (COLS-/ACLS-) courses as outlined in the Placement Guidelines. Developmental course work does not count toward degree requirements. Students who place into developmental courses can retest once before starting those courses. Students may not take the test while enrolled in a developmental course.
Some students may be placed into English or Mathematics courses as a result of PSSA, ACT, or SAT scores, or previous degrees or courses. Students must furnish the appropriate evidence of previous testing or experience before registering for courses. If they do not furnish evidence, they must take the placement test before registering.
* Students whose first language is not English should contact the ESL department for testing and placement. If students have low reading or writing scores on the English Placement Test and their first language is not English, they will be referred to the ESL department for ESL testing and placement.
Requests for accommodated testing must be submitted through the Office of Disability Services.
Placement Guidelines: English, College Success/Academic Learning Skills & Mathematics
English I (ENGL101):
Writing Skills Workshop (ENGL 027):
Writing Skills I (ENGL025), Writing Skills II (ENGL 026), Reading Fundamentals (READ016), Critical Reading (READ017):
English as a Second Language:
COLLEGE SUCCESS/ACADEMIC LEARNING SKILLS
College Study Skills (ACLS 020):
College Success (COLS 101):
Skills for Academic Success (COLS150):
Prealgebra (MATH 020), Applications in Math (MATH103):
Elementary Algebra (MATH 022), Intermediate Algebra (MATH 026):
Elementary and Intermediate Algebra Combined (MATH 028):
Foundations of Mathematics I (MATH118), Foundations of Mathematics II (MATH119), The Nature of Mathematics (MATH120), College Algebra (MATH140), Introductory Statistics (MATH150):
For all other MATH classes, refer to course prerequisites in each course description.