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Do you qualify to retest? (10/07)

As of October 1st, the retesting policy for Assessment have changed.  Students are no longer able to retest in any assessments (math, English, and English as a Second Language) if course sequences have been started.  If course sequences have NOT been started and a student wants to retest, there is ONE opportunity to retest after 30 days of the original test.

The assessment process is to place you into course levels based on your current skills.  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 before retesting:

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!

Weekly Post #7 (posted 10/05)

Do you remember the first week of the semester when your adrenaline was pumping from the excitement of starting college?

You had everything planned out…you cut back on your work hours to focus on school, you organized your room to provide an ideal study environment, and you refrained (or at least gave it a good effort!) from social media until your homework was done!

If you still feel this way, then good for you!  Keep up the great work!

If you don’t feel this way, then it’s time to get back on track.  You’ve been recruited to the 411 Motivation Boot Camp!

In this boot camp, you are your own trainer, your own coach, your own drill sergeant because, when it comes down to it, motivation has to come from WITHIN yourself.  Sure, you can have your family, friends, co-workers, counselors, professors, and classmates cheering you on, but there is only so much that others can do to build your confidence.  You have to believe in yourself first!

Boot camp starts now!

Assessment Retesting Policy (posted 10/04)

Beginning on October 1, 2015, there will be NEW CHANGES with the ASSESSMENT RE-TESTING process.

These changes apply to all students in Los Rios regardless of which assessment test they plan to take – including English, English as a Second Language (ESL), and Math.

Here are some important things to remember with the retesting changes:

Students can retest ONE TIME in the Los Rios District after 30 days of the original assessment test date.  This means that students cannot take the assessment tests multiple times at ARC, CRC, FLC, and SCC.

Students can only retest if they have NOT yet started the course sequence.  For example, if a student completes Math 34 (started the course sequence for Math), the student cannot retest to place into a different level.  If the student still wants to place into a different level, the student must go directly to the Math Department located in SOG 220 to request a “course challenge.”  For English and ESL, students must go directly to the Language and Literature Department located in RS 226.

If a student’s assessment has expired and the student has NOT started a course sequence in Math, English, or ESL, the student can retake the assessment test in those subjects.

If a student’s assessment has expired and the student has started a course sequence in Math, English, or ESL, the student must follow the “course challenge” process.  This means going to the Math Department and Language and Literature Department.

If you receive a “W” in any Math, English, and/or ESL course, this counts towards starting the course sequence.  For this reason, it is important to be aware of deadlines to drop classes without any notation on your record.

And, remember, before you do any testing, review the study guides available on the Assessment website.

Click here to visit the Assessment website for more information.

Weekly Post #6 (posted 09/29)

One of the most memorable events at Sacramento City College is GRADUATION day.

There is nothing more exciting than seeing – and hearing! – your family and friends cheer you on as you walk across the stage in your cap and gown.  For many students, this is an end to a remarkable educational journey at SCC that required a lot of sacrifice, dedication, and hard work.  But it also marks the beginning of a new adventure – whether the next step is to transfer to a university or to jump into the work field.

Each year, hundreds of students are awarded an Associate Degree for successfully completing graduation requirements.  Being a college graduate is a huge accomplishment and it is truly a celebration at SCC!

As a new student, understanding degree requirements may get confusing, especially if you are not aware of the differences between general education, major, and elective courses.  Additionally, many students don’t realize that earning an Associate Degree does not mean that they are ready to transfer to a university.  (And, students who complete transfer requirements do not always qualify for an Associate Degree.)

If you are planning to transfer to a university (which we hope that you consider!), it is important to know which courses are UC or CSU transferable, when application deadlines are, and admission criteria for impacted majors.  Depending on your major and transfer campus, admission may be based on a competitive GPA.

The best way to learn about graduation and transfer requirements is to meet with a COUNSELOR. Counselors can be your biggest supporters in helping you achieve your educational goals.  They are available to help with academic, personal, and career goals.

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Meet with a Counselor! (posted 09/23)

Remember the end of last semester when you stood in line outside the Counseling Office only to discover that all of the “quick question” slots were filled and that the next appointment wasn’t until 2 weeks away?

You vowed that you would never put yourself in that situation again…EVER!

So, where have you been?!?!  Counselors have been waiting for you!

If you haven’t met with a counselor, this is the best time to do so.  Once the Spring 2016 schedule becomes available, the Counseling Office becomes the most happening place on campus.

SCC counselors are here to assist you with understanding the path you will take to reach your educational goal.  They want you to take the right classes, in the right sequence, and at the right time!

Click below for tips on how to…

Weekly Post #5 (posted 09/21)

As a college student, you have a lot to remember.  Although your professors will help to keep you on track, ultimately, you are responsible for remembering what chapter to read, which exam to study for, and when to turn in your homework assignment.

How many times have you sat in the library doing homework only to realize that you were supposed to meet your study group in the Student Center over 25 minutes ago!

As the semester progresses, it will get increasingly difficult to keep track of everything, especially if you are relying solely on nothing else but your memory.

(NOTE: It’s not that your memory is bad, but how can you possibly remember everything that needs to be done in a week, a month, or an entire semester!)

Unfortunately, without some kind of time-management tool, you’re bound to forget something…and that something could cost you to fall behind in class, to fail an unexpected exam, or to lose points on an assignment because you turned it in late.

Most likely, with new technology being introduced every day, there’s probably an app to help you keep track of important deadlines.  But what happens if you lose your phone, the battery runs low, or you don’t have access to wifi?  You will have to find another way to stay on track.

So, what can you do?

Hey, stop messing around! (posted 09/17)

Imagine that you are in class trying to listen to an important lecture and all you hear is gum-smacking, soda-slurping, and pencil-tapping from other students around you.

Annoying, isn’t it?

Unfortunately, turning around in your seat to give your classmates a dirty look won’t help – especially when they’re too busy to look up from texting!

As a college student, there are expectations from your professors and fellow classmates that you will behave in (and out!) of the classroom.  It’s not just about raising your hand or arriving to class on time; it’s also about being respectful, polite, and taking your education seriously.  No one wants to sit next to the person who is constantly falling asleep in class or taking selfies.

So, what exactly are unacceptable classroom behaviors?  Click on the box below to read more…

Three’s the limit! (posted 09/09)

Is “3” your lucky number?  We hope not…at least for the purposes of repeating courses!

In case you didn’t know it, students are only allowed to take a class three times.  But, here’s the thing…we DON’T want you to take a class three times…we DON’T even want you to take it twice.  We want you to successfully complete each class at the very first attempt!

So, here’s what happens:  Every time you receive a “W”, “D”, “F”, or “NP” for the same course within any Los Rios college, those will count towards your three attempts.

If you still need to take that course because it is absolutely required for general education or your major, you will have to take the equivalent of that course at another college OUTSIDE OF LOS RIOS, such as Sierra College in Rocklin, San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, or Woodland College in Woodland.  Unfortunately, you will not be able to enroll into that course for the fourth time at ARC, CRC, FLC, or SCC.

For this reason, it will be important to create a schedule that you can manage and commit to for the next 16 weeks.  Also, you will want to familiarize yourself with FREE services to help you succeed – such as the Math Lab, Writing Center, or Tutoring Center.  Lastly, always be aware of the deadlines to drop classes (either without or with a “W”) on your transcript.  Click here for important dates.


Where’s your syllabus?! (posted 09/02)

If you’ve already lost your syllabus (and it’s only the SECOND week of the semester!), then you better find it…like now! 

At the start of the semester, all of your professors handed out a syllabus that was specific to each class.  The syllabus is an important document that will guide you through the semester; it will tell you which chapters to read, what homework assignments are due, and when exams will be given. 

Each syllabus will also contain details such as your professor’s contact information, class website or D2L, and office hours. 

While your professors are supportive of your success, losing your syllabus is NOT a reason for you to skip class, to miss an exam, or to stop reading your textbook.  (That excuse pretty much falls under the same category as “the dog ate my homework.”)  So, once you find your syllabus, smooth out the crinkles, and place it neatly into your binder.

And…don’t lose that binder!  :)