Why do I have to take the Reading/Writing Self-Placement?
Requiring that students establish their placement levels in Reading/Writing helps to ensure success in college classes. LSC provides a variety of classes that can refresh skills and strengthen academic preparedness if needed.
- Students whose cumulative high school GPA is below 2.5 need to establish their placement level in Reading/Writing prior to registering for College Courses.
- Not all programs at LSC require college level in reading and writing but many do. Some programs allow you to take program courses while refreshing your skills. You can check your program guide to see if your program allows you to take program classes concurrently with READ/WRITE Developmental courses.
- Please keep in mind your program choice. If you are going into a technical diploma program, such as Welding or Auto Body, that focuses on skills and does not have general education requirements, focus more on your reading comprehension skills, as technical programs do not focus strongly on essay writing.
- There are many other classes you can take while refreshing your skills even if your particular program or classes need you ready for College Level Reading/Writing.
- If this placement option is not the right fit, please schedule an Accuplacer placement test.
LSC English Department and Advising Team
I should enroll in ENGL 1106 College Composition I if most of the following statements describe me.
- I comfortably read and understand high school textbooks, magazines, or newspapers.
- I have written high school papers of 4 or more pages and received A/B grades.
- I can incorporate thesis statements and supporting ideas into my writing.
- I have been able to revise rough drafts of essays as necessary to meet assignment expectations.
I should enroll in READ/ENGL 0955 Read/Write College Prep: Advanced if most of the following statements describe me.
- I have written high school papers of 2-3 pages and received passing grades.
- I have successfully read and understood high school textbooks, magazines, or newspapers, even if I read slowly.
- I am familiar with terms like thesis statement and topic sentence but want more practice using them in my writing.
- Sometimes I needed extra help in high school to complete reading and writing assignments, but for the most part I was able to work on my own.
- I would like a basic review and some extra support with reading skills, essay writing, and computer skills for college classes.
I should enroll in READ/ENGL 0950 Read/Write College Prep: Intermediate if most of the following statements describe me.
- I have struggled to write high school papers of 2-3 pages.
- It’s difficult for me to read high school textbooks, magazines, or newspapers.
- I am unfamiliar with terms like thesis statement and topic sentence and need lots of instruction in how to use them in my writing.
- I received additional support for reading and writing in high school (Examples: support classes, one- on-one instruction, extra time on assignments, shortened assignments, etc.)
- I would like in-depth instruction on reading skills, essay writing, and computer skills for college classes, including working with a tutor during class.
I should enroll in ABE Pathways Read/Write College Prep if the following statements describe me.
- I’m not sure if college is a good fit for me, but I want to explore the possibilities.
- School at many levels has been a struggle for me, especially reading and writing.
- I would like more reading, writing, and computer skill instruction before entering college courses.
ABE 0312 - Pathways to College Success: Read/Write: this course is designed to help students improve their vocabulary and reading comprehension. This course helps students develop the skills, habits and attitudes that will result in more effective reading strategies, writing techniques and study skills. Topics include word analysis, vocabulary development, comprehension strategies and good college academic study habits. The goal of read/write is to assist in transitioning students effectively to college by refreshing and/or building college level academic skills in reading and writing.
Learners will participate in whole class instruction while also working independently and/or in small groups on the math skills in their personally assessed area of need. The goal of Adult Education courses is to assist in transitioning students who want to build and/or refresh college level skills. Some basic computer skills are addressed.
These courses do not count towards a degree at LSC and they do not qualify for Financial Aid because there is no cost.