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Placement into Transfer-level English, Mathematics, and Statistics Courses

The faculty and staff of the Los Angeles Community College District welcome you to our community. We recognize that you come to us with a great deal of knowledge, skill, and competency, and we want to honor your accomplishments by helping you find the best possible place to continue your path toward achieving your educational goals. For courses in English, English as a Second Language, mathematics, and statistics, we have developed a placement system to help. This site provides information about how it works. Click the plus signs (+) to see the information under each heading below.

To view your placement status, log into your student portal. From the homepage, click the “Student Status” tile, and then the “Placement Results” page.

 

 

Courses that are accepted by other colleges and universities are considered transfer-level. Most entry-level English, mathematics, and statistics transfer-level courses have prerequisites that are equivalent to high school-level coursework. The placement process uses information from your application to determine which prerequisites you have already met and which courses are available as a result. Once your placement is complete, you may enroll in corresponding courses that are required for your major.

Your counselor can help you determine which courses are required for your major and how to plan your enrollment in them. And your instructors can help you succeed in them once the term begins. In addition, tutoring and many other forms of support are available if you need them. Regardless of where you start on your path, we are confident you will succeed, and we are here to help.

Each of the following links will take you to the corresponding college’s placement website. There you will find information about the specific courses and types of support available at each placement level.

ELAC

     LACC

     LAHC

     LAMC

      LAPC

     LASC

     LATTC

     LAVC

     WLAC

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Equitable Placement website provides information about placement regulations and your rights. Furthermore, the Chancellor’s Office Transfer-level Gateway Completion Dashboard provides student success rates in the region.

If you graduated from a regionally accredited US high school or earned a GED or California High School Equivalency Certificate, your initial English placement is based on your high school grade point average (GPA) as follows:

  • If your GPA is 1.9 or above, your placement is “ET – Transfer-level English Composition.” At this level and may take any form of transfer-level English composition, if it is required for your major.
  • If your GPA is below 1.9, your placement is “ETS – Transfer-level English Composition with Support.” At this level and may also take transfer-level English composition, if it is required for your major, but at some colleges, you may be limited to versions with extra hours of support or with corequisite support. At most colleges, this is optional.

If you did not provide a US high school GPA or did not graduate from a US high school (or equivalent as described above), your placement is “EN – No English Placement,” in which case you may use the “English/ESL Placement Survey” described below to complete your placement.

ELAC, LACC, and LAPC students: contact the Assessment Center for further information.

All other colleges: Log in to the Student Information System (PeopleSoft). Click the Student Status tile and then click English/ESL Survey. Depending on your high school status, you may use it as follows:

  • If you are a US high school graduate (or equivalent as described above), you may use the survey to choose from the transfer-level options.
  • If you finished high school outside the United States (or at a non-accredited US high school), you may use the survey to choose a transfer-level placement. If English is not your native language, you may also choose one of the following pre-transfer-level credit English as a Second Language placements and then complete the ESL sequence from that level onward before enrolling in transfer-level English composition.
    • EP1 – Credit ESL 1 Level Prior to Transfer-level
    • EP2 – Credit ESL 2 Levels Prior to Transfer-level
    • EP3 – Credit ESL 3 Levels Prior to Transfer-level
    • EP4 – Credit ESL 4 Levels Prior to Transfer-level
    • EP5 – Credit ESL 5 Levels Prior to Transfer-level

Based on the high school math grades you provided in your application, each of the following criteria is evaluated in descending order to determine which placement applies to you. Passing means earning a grade of at least “C” or “P.” Each placement level is named according to the types of courses it makes available.

  • If you passed high school Calculus or Pre-Calculus, your placement is “MT4 – Calculus I or Statistics or Liberal Arts Mathematics.”
  • If you passed Trigonometry, Integrated Math 3, or Algebra II, your placement is “MT2/MT2S – Pre-Calculus or Statistics or Liberal Arts Mathematics.”
  • If you graduated from a US regionally accredited high school or earned a GED or California High School Equivalency Certificate, and none of the above are true, your placement is “MT1/MT1S – Transfer-level prior to Pre-Calculus.”
  • If none of the above are true and you have not completed guided self-placement for math/statistics, your placement is “MN – No Math Placement,” in which case you may use the survey as described below to complete your placement.

Please note: If you earned a satisfactory score on an appropriate Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) math exam, or passed transfer-level math at another college or university, you may be eligible for a higher placement level. Please consult your counselor for details.

Please contact your counselor to find out how to complete your math placement.

Click the button below to read a PDF file comparing English/ESL courses available at each placement level between LACCD colleges.

English/ESL

Click the button below to read a PDF file comparing Math/Statistics courses available at each placement level between LACCD colleges.

Math/Statistics

 

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