English, ESL and Math Assessment Info

Q. Why should I take an English assessment?

A. Take this assessment to:

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Q. Which English assessment should I take?

A. Use the following guidelines to choose your English assessment:

English Assessment: Take this assessment if English is your first (native) language. This includes:

ESL Assessment: Take this assessment if your first (native) language is NOT English. This includes:

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Q. What is the assessment like?

A. English Assessment: This is a two part computerized assessment that measures Reading and Writing Skills. The English Assessment gives a course placement for English and a course recommendation for reading. Qualifying results may also satisfy degree requirements for competency in reading and writing.

ESL Assessment: This is a three part computerized assessment that measures Reading, Grammar/Usage, and Listening Skills. ESL Assessment gives course placement and /or recommendations for credit ESL courses.

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Q. Will taking this assessment help me to decide where to begin study in English composition?

A. Yes. Your scores will indicate your preparedness for a particular course. We encourage you to study English early in your college career because the skills that you acquire will help you in your other courses. The course levels are ENGL/ESL/ACE 49, ENGL/ESL/ACE 50 and ENGL 100. Note that ESL 50, ACE 50 and ENGL 50 are at the same level, as are ESL 49, ACE 49 and ENGL 49.

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Q. How will I know how close I came to meeting a course prerequisite?

A. Consult the English Assessment or ESL Assessment Score to Course Preparedness Tables. It's also a good idea to discuss your scores with your counselor or academic advisor.

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Q. May I enroll in a course that is a lower-level course than the one into which I placed?

A. Yes, if your score is at the low end of the score range for the course into which you placed, carefully consider the advantages of taking the lower-level course. To help you choose, think about the circumstances that will affect your studies and consider your previous record in English.

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Q. Is taking the English Assessment the only way to demonstrate preparedness for English 100, 50 or 49, or English as a Second Language 50 or 49?

A. No. You may use MCC coursework to satisfy prerequisites or use one of the following methods:

Q. Is a qualifying score on the English Assessment the only way to satisfy the reading and writing competency requirements for graduation?

A. No, but the specifics vary with the MCC catalog that you are following. See the Competency Requirements in the appropriate year's MCC catalog or consult a college counselor.

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Q. What if I am a student with a disability needing an accommodation?

A. If you have a disability that would affect your assessment-taking ability, you may wish to contact the Disabled Students Program and Services Office (room 3006 at the Oceanside campus, ext. 6658) and assess in the morning to maximize the time available. The English Assessment is not a timed assessment.

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Q. Do I need to do anything before taking the assessment?

A. Yes. You must have an MCC application for admission on file in the Admissions and Record Office.

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Q. Do I need to bring anything with me to the assessment?

A. Yes. To take the assessment, you must present positive photo identification. Acceptable forms of identification include a driver's license, a state identification card, a school I.D., a passport or military I.D. All of the necessary materials for assessing will be provided.

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Q. What if I am disappointed with my scores? May I retake the assessment?

A. You may retake the assessment one time if you believe you didn't do your best due to illness, lack of sleep, or other difficulties. However, we recommend that you do not re-assess without intervening instruction.

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Q. Where or when can I take an English assessment or get more information?

A. The assessment is given on a drop-in basis. No appointment or reservation is necessary. There is no time limit for the English or ESL Assessment.  

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MATH assessment FAQs

Q. Why should I take the Math Assessment?

A. Take this assessment to:

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Q. Will taking this assessment help me decide where to begin study in math?

A. Yes. Your score will indicate your preparedness for a particular level of math unless you take a level that is too easy or too difficult for you which may require you to retake the assessment. It is important to remember if you earned a borderline score decision zone that you have borderline preparedness for a higher level course. Students with borderline entry skills for a course often have difficulty in the higher level course. It's a good idea to discuss your scores with a counselor or academic advisor.

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Q. How will I be able to show that I am prepared for a math course?

A. (1) If you took a math assessment at MiraCosta, your assessment is checked by computer.
(2) If you completed the preceding course at MCC with a grade of "C" or better, your course eligibility is checked by computer.
(3) If you took the prerequisite course elsewhere, you must submit a requisite review request form to the Admissions and Records Office with a copy of your transcript or grade report.
(4) If you took an assessment test at another California community college, you must provide the Admissions & Records Office with a copy of your score report showing assessments.
(5) If you took an approved assessment elsewhere (see class schedule for listing of approved alternatives) you must provide the Testing Office with a document that clearly shows your qualifying score.
You must meet the prerequisite before you register for any math course except Math 20. If you have not met the required skill level for the math course you wish to take, you will not be allowed to enroll.

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Q. I already hold a college degree. Can I enroll in a math course without taking the math assessment?

A. Any student who holds a B.A. degree or higher is eligible to take Math 30. For higher courses proof of the prerequisite is required.

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Q. What is the assessment like?

A. You will select one of four levels on the computer: Pre-calculus, Intermediate Algebra, Elementary Algebra, or Algebra Readiness. You may take only one of the four levels on a given day. Calculators are not allowed on any of the levels. Each level is timed at 75 minutes. The entire assessment process will take about 90 minutes.

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Q. Are review materials available for the assessments?

A. Math review for the Algebra Readiness, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, and Pre-calculus assessments is available online at: MiraCosta College - Testing - How Can I Prepare for the Assessments?.. You may also purchase these same review packets in the college bookstore at either campus.

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Q. What happens if I choose an assessment that is too easy or too difficult for me?

A. You should plan a time to take another assessment. If the assessment was too difficult, take a lower level assessment. If you earned a very high score, consider taking a higher-level assessment.

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Q. How is the assessment scored?

A. Each multiple-choice question is worth one point. You will also learn how well you did in each of the skill areas assessed.

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Q. What are the retake and fee policies?

A. You may take each of the four math levels a maximum of two times. Assessments given through our high school outreach assessment program will not be counted toward the maximum. You must wait at least 24 hours after taking an assessment to re-assess on the same level or to take a different level assessment. If you are taking the math assessment for another college or institution there is a $30.00 fee.

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Q. What if I am a student with a disability needing an accommodation?

A. If you have a disability needing an accommodation, you may wish to contact the Disabled Students Program and Services Office (Rm 3006 at the Oceanside campus, ext. 6658).

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Q. Do I need to bring anything with me to the assessment?

A. Yes. You must present positive photo identification (i.e., a current driver's license or state I.D. card with photo, school I.D., high school yearbook (picture with name), military I.D. or a passport). Any necessary materials for taking the assessment will be provided. Calculators and other aids are not allowed.

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Q. When can I take the math assessment or get more information?

A. The assessment is given on a drop in basis. Please the most current walk in hours here: MiraCosta College - Testing - Testing Schedule

Q. Which math assessment should I take?

A. Use the following chart to choose the appropriate level. Then, compare your findings to the math assessment description below..

Which Math Test Do I Take

Which Math Test Do I Take

 

The Algebra Readiness Assessment includes the following topics: integers, fractions, decimals, exponents, square roots, simple equations and geometry.
This is the assessment to take if you have never studied algebra.  Students who take this assessment will be advised to take one of these courses: Math 20, Pre-Algebra or Math 30, Elementary Algebra.  (High scorers may wish to take the Elementary Algebra Assessment next.)

The Elementary Algebra Assessment includes problems in arithmetic, polynomials, linear equations and inequalities, quadratic equations, graphing, rational expressions, exponents and square roots, geometric measurement, and word problems. 
Students who take this assessment will learn whether enrollment in one of these courses is indicated: Math 20, Pre-algebra; Math 30, Elementary Algebra; or Math 64, Intermediate Algebra.

Take the Elementary Algebra Assessment if any of the following statements applies to you:

The Intermediate Algebra Assessment covers elementary operations, rational expressions, exponents and radicals, linear equations and inequalities, quadratic polynomials and equations and inequalities, graphing, logarithms and functions, and word problems.
Students who take this assessment will learn whether they have met the graduation requirement for competency in math; whether re-assessing on the Elementary Algebra Assessment is recommended; if preparedness is indicated for enrollment in Math 64, Intermediate Algebra; or if preparedness is indicated for enrollment in any of the following transfer courses: Math 103, Statistics; Math 105, Concepts and Structures of Elementary Mathematics I; Math 115, Calculus with Applications; Math 125, College Algebra, Math 126, PreCalc I: College Algebra,or Math 130, Trigonometry,

This is the assessment to take if any of these statements is true:

Your intermediate algebra skills are sharp and you are very confident about your ability to solve the types of problems listed above in the time allotted.

The Pre-calculus Assessment covers elementary operations with numerical and algebraic fractions, operations with exponents and radicals, linear equations and inequalities, polynomials and polynomial equations, functions, and logarithmic and exponential functions.

Students who take this assessment will learn whether they have met the graduation requirements for competency in math; whether re-assessing on the Intermediate Algebra Assessment is recommended; if they qualify for Math 131: PreCalc II: Trigonometry & Analytic Geometry, Math 135, PreCalculus; or if they qualify for Math 150, Calculus and Analytic Geometry.

This is the assessment to take if any of the following statements is true:

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