As you are narrowing your college selection choices, make sure you are staying on top of English and math placement requirements.
Most colleges need to know if their entering freshmen are going to be able to handle the rigors of college-level coursework. If you have not been contacted by your colleges about your English/math placement status, do a search under “placement testing” on the various college websites. On that web page you will find the college’s minimum requirements for placement into the various levels of mathematics and English, as well as other courses.
Typically, students need to (1) get high scores on the SAT or ACT, (2) pass a transferrable English composition exam from a college, or (2) pass an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam in English/Critical Reading/Writing and mathematics. If you didn’t meet the muster, you’ll need to do a placement exam.
In California those tests at public colleges are the following:
- Accuplacer for most community colleges
- English Placement Test (EPT) and Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) for California State University campuses
- Analytical Writing Placement Examination (AWPE) for the University of California campuses
Since these are typically given in April and May, you need to check into this right now, so that you are able to enroll in classes this summer.
One more thing for your college checklist!