English Placement Options

Clark College uses multiple measures for English placement.  These measures include high school GPA, High School 21 GPA, Bridges to College and AP course grades, and Smarter Balanced, GED, ACT, SAT, TOEFL, and IELTS scores.  We have conducted extensive research on appropriate measures and scores, and we are confident that students have the best chance to succeed in that course and complete their education when placed appropriately.

Any student who does not have a gpa, grade, or score used for English Placement can take the English Readiness Assessment if they sign up by October 11, 2019 and complete the ERA by October 21, 2019.  This tool will no longer be available after October 21, 2019.

Beginning December 2, 2019, Informed Self Placement (ISP) replaces the ERA for high school graduates with none of the placement mechanisms indicated below and no ability to take the ACT, SAT, or GED RLA prior to registration. ISP provides students with information to identify the appropriate starting point for meeting their English requirements.

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Graduate of High School, High School +, or GED Programs

 ENGL 101 Placement

  • HS Graduate or HS 21 GPA:  2.75 or higher
  • GED Post-2014:  RLA 175-200
  • Smarter Balanced: 3-4
  • Bridge to College English: B or Higher
  • AP Lang/Comp or Comp/Lit: score of 3 (score of 4 provides credit for ENGL&101, so student should start in 102 or 235)
  • ACT: 19
  • SAT pre. 3/2016: Read 460 & Writ. 460
  • SAT 3/2016 to pres.: 510 Evid. Based R & W

ENGL 098 Placement

  • HS Graduate or HS 21 GPA:  2.4-2.74
  • Smarter Balanced: 3

ENGL 101+099 Placement

  • HS Graduate or HS 21 GPA:  2.4-2.89
  • Smarter Balanced: Encouraged for 3

ENGL 097, ENGL 090, or CAP 090 Placement

  • HS Graduate or HS 21 GPA:  1.9-2.39

Running Start, iTech, or EXAD Student

ENGL 101 Placement

  • 10th Grade or Later HS GPA: 2.75 or higher (101+099 recommended for those with GPAs between 2.75 and 2.9)

ENGL 101+099 Placement

  • 10th Grade or Later HS GPA: 2.4-2.89

International Student

ENGL 101 Placement

  • TOEFL: 61 ibT/17 Writing
  • IELTS: 5.5 wit all bands 5.0+
  • STEP EIKEN: Pre-1 or higher

College Graduates

ENGL 101 Placement

  • Undergraduate degree from an accreditated U.S. college
  • Undergraduate degree from an accreditated college in an English-speaking country or province

Consult Credential Evaluations to determine if you have English 101 or English 102 credit from your previous college.

Transfer Student

Consult Credential Evaluations to determine if the best mechanism for your placement is transfer credit, a placement reciprocity score, or any of the measures for high school graduates.