Accurate course placement is a critical step towards registering for classes at OCC. Testing Services works closely with OCC's English and math departments to determine the best ways for students to be placed. Placement testing is often not the only tool used to figure out which English, reading and math courses mesh best with your individual skills. Students will be placed using the following:
Placement Testing: Students who are not exempt from testing based on one or more of the options below will need to take the placement test to see what English, reading and math
courses they are eligible for. These tests are
very important! Think of them as your opportunity to show how ready you are for college level courses. You should review and be prepared to give your best
effort. OCC uses ACCUPLACER placement testing. Tests are administered on a walk-in basis during posted hours.
You must have photo ID in order to test and you must have an OCC
student ID number. The test consists of multiple choice reading and math
sections and a typed essay for English. English language learners will also take a Listening Skills test. Students will receive
their test scores and placements immediately upon completion of testing.
Transfer credit (including AP & CLEP): Students who have successfully completed (grade of C or higher) a course equivalent to our ENG-103, RDG-153 and/or MAT-104 or higher will be able to take the next consecutive course at OCC after official transcripts have been received and evaluated. Send in your official transcripts as soon as your college course work is complete. Students will be notified of their placements after
official transcripts from previous institutions have been reviewed.
Math Placement Test Exemptions: Students coming to OCC from high school can be placed in math courses using the following table. The math placement test is not required for these students as long as their most recent math course was within two academic years of enrollment at OCC.
English & Integrated Learning (Reading) Exemptions:
GPA: An unweighted GPA of 80% or higher will exempt students from English and
reading testing and place students directly into Integrated Learning
Seminar 153 or 140 and English 103. Please note that final 11th grade GPA is the earliest GPA that will be
considered for exemption. Freshman, sophomore and mid-junior year GPA's
will not meet the exemption criteria.
SAT Critical Reading & ACT English:
If you score...
You will be placed into ILS
153 Integrated Learning Seminar or ILS 140 Integrated Learning Seminar: Health Sciences (3 credits) and English 103 Freshman
Composition & Literature (3 credits).
After you know what your placements are, discuss them with an advisor and create a class schedule that will help you graduate on time and meet your educational goals. If you have questions, you can email Testing Services ([email protected]) or The Advising Center ([email protected]) for guidance.
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