The assessment process helps to identify your current skills in the areas of Math, English, and/or English as a Second Language.
So, even though you may have taken Calculus in high school and passed with an “A+++++” grade, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you qualify for Calculus in college today…especially if you had taken that Calculus course 7 years ago. (Well, unless Calculus is part of your everyday life or you solve derivatives and hyperbolic functions for fun, then there is a chance that you could qualify for Math 400!)
Here are some tips to remember when taking the assessments:
• Review the study guides available online. It is helpful to know ahead of time the type of questions or problems you will be asked to solve. While the study guides may not be the exact replica of the assessments, it will give you pretty good idea of what to expect. Also, don’t review the study guide 10 minutes before you take the assessments. Give yourself some time to actually answer the questions and to solve the math problems.
• Placing into a transfer-level class, such as English Writing 300, does NOT mean that you have completed your writing requirement or that you are exempt from taking a writing course! In order to meet graduation and/or transfer requirements, you still have to successfully complete the required Math, English, and/or ESL courses.
• Remember this: you will NOT fail! You will not fail because the assessments are not based on “pass” or “fail” scoring. Your score will simply determine the appropriate level that you are ready for. (NOTE: There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with placement into the first level. SCC has many resources – such as the Math Lab and Writing Center – to support your success in these subjects.)
Last thing to remember: Your assessment results do NOT determine your success at SCC. Your motivation, hard work, and focus will be important to your success. Just because you do not place at the level that you want to be or think that you should be at, this doesn’t mean that you will not achieve your goals. Be patient with your learning process, plan ahead, and ask for help!