English Placement Options

Students have multiple ways of placing into English classes at Clark College. Students do not need to take a traditional placement test. Research by the English department shows that high school GPA (grade point average) is the most effective measure for placement and success in English courses. Therefore, we encourage students to place using their GPA as their first course of action, if possible. Placement options, measures, and thresholds are the same for all students, including Running Start students.

Students with a United States High School GPA

Please follow these directions to submit to the college your GPA from a U.S. high school for English placement. Students must have graduated from high school or must be currently enrolled Running Start students to place by high school GPA. Remember this is the first, best choice for placement:

Students without a United States High School GPA

Students can place using High School 21 GPA, Bridge to College and AP course grades, and Smarter Balanced, GED, ACT, SAT, TOEFL, and IELTS scores.  If you have one of these placement measures, please follow these directions to submit your method of placement:

If you have none of the above placement options, please email enroll@clark.edu to determine your next steps.

If you are a student with a disability, please email Audrea Hagen at ahagen@clark.edu with questions about accommodations or accessibility in relation to placement.

If you have questions about any of the English placement measures, please reach out to Elizabeth Donley, the English Division Chair, at edonley@clark.edu.

Every student at Clark College will have the option to place in English classes.

Click on the option below that best describes you for more information about placement options and measures.

Graduate of U.S. High School, High School +, or GED Programs

 ENGL& 101 Placement

  • U.S. High School Graduate or Clark HS 21 GPA:  2.90 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 English
  • SAT pre. 3/2016: Read 460 & Writ. 460
  • SAT 3/2016 to pres.: 510 Evid. Based R & W
  • Accuplacer Next Generation Combined Reading and Writing Scores: 513-600

ENGL& 101+099 or PTWR 135 Placement

  • HS Graduate or HS 21 GPA:  2.4-2.89
  • GED Post-2014:  RLA 165-174
  • Smarter Balanced: Encouraged for 3
  • Accuplacer Next Generation Combined Reading and Writing Scores: 478-512

ENGL ENGL 090 or CAP 090 Placement

  • HS Graduate or HS 21 GPA:  1.9-2.39
  • Accuplacer Next Generation Combined Reading and Writing Scores: 454-577

Running Start, iTech, or EXAD Student

ENGL& 101 Placement

  • 10th Grade or Later HS GPA: 2.90 or higher 
  • Smarter Balanced: 3-4
  • 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 English
  • SAT pre. 3/2016: Read 460 & Writ. 460
  • SAT 3/2016 to pres.: 510 Evid. Based R & W
  • Accuplacer Next Generation Combined Reading and Writing Scores: 513-600

ENGL& 101+099 or PTWR 135 Placement

  • 10th Grade or Later HS GPA: 2.4-2.89
  • Smarter Balanced: Encouraged for 3
  • Accuplacer Next Generation Combined Reading and Writing Scores: 478-512

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 Graduate

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.

Graduate of High School in English Speaking Countries

Students from specific English speaking countries (for the list of countries, please contact the Office of International Programs) can choose from the following two options for English 101 placement:
 
  • Accuplacer Next Generation Combined Reading and Writing Scores: 513-600
  • Transcript evaluation to show the equivalent of a 2.9 GPA. Contact international@clark.edu for a list of credential evaluation providers.