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Placement & Assessment Policies

Placement & Assessment Policies

English Placement Policies


The English assessment consists of reading comprehension, sentence skills and a writing sample on a given topic. The basic college level English courses is ENG 101.

Matriculating students are required to

  • Enroll in their assigned English placement course during their first semester at RCC
  • Enroll in ENG 101 in the semester immediately following successful completion of any required pre-ENG 101 courses.

Students in credit-bearing certificate programs

  • Must take the English assessment test even when there are no English courses required in the program.
  • To graduate and receive their certificate, students must be assessed at the level of ENG 101, or receive a passing grade in all required pre-ENG 101 courses.

Non-matriculated students

  • must take the English placement exam after completing 16 credits unless they are granted an exemption

Placement below ENG 101

  • May prevent you from taking other academic courses before building your skills in reading and writing

For international students and others for whom English is not their first language

  • Complete ENG 101- International successfully and then register for ENG 102 - International

Math Placement Policies


Math assessment includes arithmetic, algebra, and college-level math. Matriculating students are encouraged to enroll in math course at their assessed level as early as possible.

Matriculated students enrolled in any credit-bearing program at RCC

  • Must take the math assessment, even if no math credits are required for the degree or certificate
  • To graduate RCC, students must be assessed at the level of MAT 101, or higher, or receive a passing grade in the required pre-MAT 101 courses.

Non-matriculated students must take the math placement

  • Before registering for any math course at RCC
  • Before taking any course that requires MAT 101 as a prerequisite, unless granted an exemption
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