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Placement Recommendations

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Assessment is an essential tool for evaluating the educational skill levels of students and assisting students in their selection of courses that lead to achieving their educational goals.

Assessment is used to generate placement recommendations only, and not to advance students to higher-level courses. Once students officially enroll in an English, ESL, or math course, they are not permitted to undergo assessment again as a means for advancing to higher-level courses. Students who believe they already possess the educational background and skills needed to succeed in higher-level courses must meet with a counselor to discuss exemption from prerequisites and how to file a Prerequisite/Corequisite Challenge Petition in the Transfer/Counseling Center, which processes the petition and then forwards it to the appropriate department (English, ESL, or math).

See the College Policies section in this catalog (included online in the Part 4 .pdf available at the main catalog webpage) for details on challenging prerequisites and corequisites.