Developmental English and Mathematics

All degree-seeking students and all non-degree-seeking students who reach their 11th attempted credit must take a Basic Skills Placement Test in both English and Mathematics unless they qualify for a waiver. Students placed into English Basic Skills must enroll in theses developmental courses in their first semester at the College and continue to enroll in them until the requirements are completed. Students matriculated in degree programs must begin their required Developmental Mathematics courses by their 16th attempted credit.

These preparatory courses emphasize the development of basic reading, writing, computation, and algebra skills, which will help students perform successfully in college-level courses. Students are urged to seek academic advisement in choosing these and other courses.

English Basic Skills Requirements. Based on the results of the English portion of the Basic Skills Placement Test, native speakers of English or those who have resided in the U.S. for eight or more years may be placed into one of four entry-level English courses: Developmental Skills I and II, English Skills, Directed Studies in Writing and Composition I, or Composition I alone. Students placed in Developmental Skills I and II or English Skills must enroll in their required course in their first semester at the College and remain in these courses in order to take other College credit-bearing courses.

Math Basic Skills Requirements. Based on the results of the Mathematics portion of the Basic Skills Placement Test, a student may be placed into developmental math courses: Basic Mathematics (MAT-011) or the sequence of Algebra A and B (MAT-031 and MAT-032), or Algebra (MAT-035).

Students are encouraged to begin developmental mathematics as soon as they enroll at the College. Students matriculated in A.A. and A.S. degree programs must begin their developmental math placement sequence of courses by their 16th attempted college credit.