A. Take this assessment to:

- Measure your current level of college reading and writing skills

- Learn which reading courses would help you to develop your skills

- Demonstrate preparedness for English and ESL courses

- Satisfy the MCC degree requirement for competency in reading and writing

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

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

- Students who have grown up in an English-speaking home.

- Students who have been educated in all-English schools from elementary through high school.

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

- Students who have grown up in a home in which English was NOT the primary (main) language.

- Students enrolled in the International Student Program (IIP), or students who have completed Non-Credit ESL (continuing ed.) or English Language Development (ELD) classes in high school.

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.

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 listed below. Note that ESL 50, ACE 50 and ENGL 50 are at the same level, as are ESL 49, ACE 49 and ENGL 49.

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.

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.

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

- Take your transcript from another college showing completion with a grade "C" or better in an equivalent English class to the Admissions and Records Office, or,

- Take your English assessment results from another California community college to the Testing Office, or

- Take the transcript or diploma of your bachelor's degree to Admissions and Records for English course placement at the 200 level.
- If you have achieved one of the following minimum scores, take the documentation to the Dean of Admissions, Assessment and Student Aid who will review it and other factors to determine placement:

- Advanced Placement (AP) Program English test with a score of three or higher

- International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level English Examination with a score of five or higher
- California State University system Early Assessment Program (EAP) result stating: "Ready for CSU or participating CCC College-level English courses"

- The California State University system English Placement Test (EPT) with a score of 151 or higher

- Passing score on the UC Analytical Writing Placement Examination.

- Advanced Placement (AP) Program English test with a score of three or higher

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

A. Take this assessment to:

- Discover your current level of math skill

- Demonstrate preparedness for numerous math courses (i.e. meet prerequisites)

- Satisfy the MCC degree requirement for competency in math (course completion may be required)

- Complete the math assessment requirement for matriculation

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 re-assess. Another possibility is that your score may be borderline. Students with borderline entry skills for a course often have difficulty in that class. If your score is borderline, carefully consider the possible advantages of taking a lower level course. It's a good idea to discuss your scores with a counselor or academic advisor.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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

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.

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).

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.

A. The assessment is given on a drop in basis.

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

**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:**

- Elementary algebra was the highest math class that you completed.
- You have taken at least two years of high school algebra (or the equivalent), but you took your last algebra course more than two years ago, or you earned a grade below “B.”
- You earned a very high score on the Algebra Readiness Assessment and you have studied elementary algebra.
- You took the Intermediate Algebra Assessment and you were advised to take this assessment next.
- Your elementary 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 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, Math 130, Trigonometry, or Math 131: PreCalc II: Trigonometry & Analytic Geometry.

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

- You have taken at least two years of high school algebra (or the equivalent) and you completed your last algebra course within the past two years with a grade of at least “B.”
- You have taken three years of high school algebra or the equivalent, but you took your last algebra course more than three years ago, or you earned a grade below “B.”
- You earned a very high score on the Elementary Algebra Assessment and you have studied intermediate algebra successfully.
- You took the Pre-calculus Assessment and were advised to take this assessment next.

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:**

- You have completed Trigonometry and at least three years of high school algebra (or the equivalent); you finished your last course within the past two years; and you earned a grade of at least “B.”
- You earned a very high score on the Intermediate Algebra Assessment and you have completed a course in Trigonometry.
- You have studied Trigonometry, your algebra skills are sharp, and you are very confident about your ability to solve the types of problems listed above in the time allotted.