English Placement Options

Clark College uses multiple measures for English placement.  These measures include high school GPA, High School 21 GPA, Bridge to College and AP course grades, and Smarter Balanced, GED, ACT, SAT, TOEFL, and IELTS scores. We also accept Accuplacer Next Generation scores for those who have no other measure of placement. The English department has 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.

Regardless of Running Start eligibility, Running Start placement follows the same thresholds indicated for each of the multiple measures.

At the time of enrollment, I will be a(n)

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

 ENGL 101 Placement

  • U.S. High School Graduate or Clark HS 21 GPA:  2.75 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
  • Accuplacer Next Generation Combined Reading and Writing Scores: 513-600

ENGL 098 Placement

  • HS Graduate or HS 21 GPA:  2.4-2.74
  • Smarter Balanced: 3
  • Accuplacer Next Generation Combined Reading and Writing Scores: 485-512

ENGL 101+099 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 097, 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: 2.75 or higher (101+099 recommended for those with GPAs between 2.75 and 2.9)
  • 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
  • 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 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 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.

Graduate of High School in United Kingdom, Canada, or Australia

Consult with the chair of the English Department for verification of placement. Students may also take the Accuplacer Next Generation exam and place following the scores noted above.