Students will primarily be placed in English 097, English 098, or English 101. However, if faculty readers determine that students' skills are not at any of these levels, placement in CAP courses will be recommended, and students will have to take the CASAS exam.
English 097, 098, and 101 build on each other, and students who start at the 097 level will gain the skills to be successful in 098 and 101. Understanding the different levels and what will be expected in each is a good way to prepare for the Readiness Assessment. The course links on your right (and below) will provide you with course descriptions, grading information, and sample course readings and student essays for each of these levels of composition. Please read through the materials found via these links to better understand placement levels. Below you'll find brief descriptions of each English course in which you could be placed.
- English 097 is a basic skills class that offers ample support and review for students who want to improve their reading and writing skills. You'll write one to three page essays in this class while learning how to compose correct and varied sentences. After taking this class, typical students gain the skills and the confidence to move ahead in both college and careers.
- English 098 is a developmental bridging course that prepares students to enter English 101. The class reviews a variety of writing and reading skills, giving students a chance to improve on the basics and enter English 101 with confidence. You’ll write two to three page essays while reviewing the writing process, from brainstorming through revision. You’ll get help with sentence editing, especially with developing a clear and precise style, but also with making corrections in grammar, mechanics, and punctuation.
- English 101 is a college-level writing course that is transferable to four-year colleges and universities. The course helps students develop and hone college-level reading, critical thinking, and writing skills and prepare for future academic writing assignments. In writing three to six page essays, you'll learn to contribute to our collective conversation about ourselves and our worlds. You'll also develop the summary, paraphrase, and citation skills necessary to integrate information from sources accurately and ethically. Although there might be some attention to grammar, mechanics, and punctuation, that is not the focus of this course.