Understanding Your Placement Test Scores - Placement Testing Center

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All students who plan to earn any type of degree (AA or transferring) will need to take English and math courses. The placements you received prior to starting this orientation reflect the level at which you performed at the time you took your placement tests. When you register for classes, the computer won't allow you to take courses beyond your placement levels in English and math. It also may not allow you to register for a lower level course. If you feel your placement needs to be adjusted, you will need to contact a counselor.

Please have the scores from your placement tests in front of you so that you will be able to follow along.

English Placement Sequence

The beauty of a community college system is that it offers different levels of preparatory or basic skill development courses to bring everybody up to speed. English skills are critical to college success, not just success in English courses, but in all courses.

English is divided into 2 sections: Reading and Writing.

Reading Sequence

Please print out the English Sequence before proceeding: Download English Sequence (PDF).

English 163 is a prerequisite to English 101A. Therefore, all students who plan to enroll in English 101A will need to complete both English 162 and 163, or place out of them through the placement testing.

  • English 162 Developmental Reading: This course is designed to help improve comprehension skills. Emphasis is placed on identifying main ideas, significant details, sequence of relationships, inferences, and conclusions. Vocabulary skills are also developed.

  • English 163 Techniques of College Reading: In this course, students will develop their college level skills in vocabulary, comprehension, reading rate, and critical thinking.

  • English 151RW: Introduction to College Reading and Writing: This course focuses on reading critically and writing well-developed, well-organized paragraphs and essays (expository, analytical, and argumentative). This course integrates the skills taught in English 151B and English 163 into one course.

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Writing Sequence

Writing classes are required for both an AA degree and to transfer to a four-year college. Below you will find a brief description of each class. Please remember, when registering for classes, you will need to sign up for the course you placed into on the placement tests. If you want to enroll in a higher OR lower level course, you will need to see a counselor.

  • English 151A Fundamentals of Composition: This course focuses on fundamentals of English grammar, punctuation, and acceptable usage as applied to writing clear sentences, paragraphs, and informal essays.

  • English 151B Fundamentals of Composition: This course reviews fundamentals of English grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure and focuses on reading critically and writing well-developed and well-organized paragraphs and essays.

  • English 151RW: Introduction to College Reading and Writing: This course focuses on reading critically and writing well-developed, well-organized paragraphs and essays (expository, analytical, and argumentative). This course integrates the skills taught in English 151B and English 163 into one course.

  • English 101A-Reading and Written Composition: This course focuses on reading and writing of expository and argumentative works and introduces students to researching skills. Students will increase practical fluency in writing. This is a required course for an AA degree and to transfer to both a CSU and UC. This is the highest course you could have placed into through the placement testing.

  • English 101B or 101C: Students should discuss General Education options with a counselor to determine which of theses courses is most appropriate to take after 101A.

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Math Sequence

Please print the Math Sequence before proceeding: Download Math Sequence (PDF).

The mere mention of the word “math” will elicit groans from some students in every group. Students either love it or hate it. Those who love it, probably do well in math; those who hate it will probably not be interested in pursuing an Engineering or Computer Science degree. The reality is that everyone seeking a degree will need to complete some math. Those who avoid math encounter problems later on. Don't be like the student who waited until he was ready to transfer to take his first math course, only to discover that his transfer would be delayed a year until he met prerequisites for the transferable math courses.

One thing that is rather unique to math is that, at the transfer level, your major often drives your choice of math courses. In other words, if your major requires Math 159 (Statistics), you can take this course to satisfy both General Education and major requirements. We encourage this type of shortcut, but ultimately, we leave the decision to you. Students are encouraged to contact a counselor to determine which math class is appropriate for the major and 4-year college students in which students are interested.

  • Math 190/Math 190A B,C Basic Mathematics: This is the most basic level of math offered at Ohlone and offers students a review of basic arithmetic operations. The only difference between Math 190 and 190A is that Math 190A 1.5 unit self-paced courses, whereas Math 190 is taught in a lecture style class. Both of these options are considered pre-algebra level.

  • MATH-192 Basic Mathematics and Pre-Algebra: This is a 5-unit course that includes a study of fractions, decimals, percents, measurement, integers, problem solving and solving linear equations. This class satisfies the pre-requisites for Math-151 and provides the most in-depth preparation for Algebra 1.

  • MATH-191 Pre-Algebra: This is a 3-unit Pre-Algebra course that includes a study of signed integers, fractions, and decimals; variables and problem-solving; and applications in geometry. This course also covers study skills. This class satisfies the pre-requisites for Math-151 and is the ideal class to prepare students for Algebra 1.

  • Math 151 or Math 151A and 151B Algebra I: Math 151A is a 5-unit elementary algebra course. Math 151A (2.5 units) and Math 151B (2.5 units) is the same as Math 151, however the course is taught over the period of 2 semesters. Math 151A is taken the first semester and Math 151B is taken the second semester. This is ideal for students who are not comfortable with math and need it to be taught at a slower pace. Math 151 is required for an AA degree.

  • Math 155 Math for the Associate Degree: This math class emphasizes problem solving in various real world areas. It meets minimum math requirements for the associate degree.

  • Math 152 or Math 152A and 152B Algebra II: This level of math is called Algebra II and is a 5-unit course. This is 1 level below transferable level of math. Math 152A and 152B combined are equivalent to Math 152 but are offered over 2 semesters (152A the first semester; Math 152B for the second semester). Math 152 or the Math 152A and 152B pair satisfy prerequisite requirements for any of the following transfer courses: Math 181, 166, 167, 156, 159, 160. Completion of Math 152 or or Math 152A and 152B also meets the minimum math requirement for the associate degree.

  • Math 153 Intermediate Algebra: This is an Intermediate Algebra courses that is offered for 3 units. It is the same level as Math 152, however the main difference is that Math 153 serves as a prerequisite for fewer courses. Math 153 satisfies prerequisites for Math 156, 159, and 160 only (not Math 181, 166, or 167). Completion of Math 153 also meets the minimum math requirement for the associate degree.

  • Math 181 Trigonometry: This course is considered to be one of two prerequisites for Calculus. This is the first level of transferable courses for the CSU. If placed into Math 181, you are also eligible to enroll in Math 166, 167, 156, and 159. See a counselor to determine which is the right class for you to take.

  • Math 188 Pre-Calculus: This is the second prerequisite to Calculus.

  • Math 101A Calculus: This is the first calculus course in a series of three. Some majors require this sequence.

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