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Understanding Your English Placement

How We Determine What Course to Recommend for You

We offer our recommendations for placement with your success as the ultimate goal, directing you toward lower level courses only if we determine that you are highly unlikely to succeed in transfer-level English (English 100).

If your first language is not English, you may want to take ESL classes.  ESL classes provide cultural knowledge and language skills to be successful in college and society.  Palomar College offers high level ESL classes that can transfer to CSU and UC for general education units.  Please contact us for help deciding whether ESL or English classes are the best fit for you!

Recommended Classes Based on Placement

If your recommended placement in eServices is English 100, you should register for our 4-unit college-level (transferrable) English 100 course in College Composition. Be prepared to work hard and participate fully in this learning opportunity.

If your recommended placement in eServices is English 49, you should register for our 6-unit course combination of English 49 (2 units) and English 100 (4 units).  These linked courses, taken together, will offer the extra preparation needed for you to strengthen your skills in order to succeed in transfer-level English. You will register for English 49 (2 units), and you’ll be required to take the linked section of English 100 (4 units) at the same time.  This will allow you (when you pass with a C or better) to complete English 100 in your first year. Be ready to work hard, be serious, and move forward! Passing these courses will satisfy the ENG 100 requirement.   

If your recommended placement in eServices is English 202 or 203, then you’re ready for Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking, and you’re probably planning to transfer! Check with your target university for guidance because some prefer one of these courses over the other. English 202 engages a wide range of texts, and English 203 does the same, but with a specific focus on literature.

Additional Information

Ultimately, any student wishing to earn an A.A. degree must complete ENG 100 with a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Questions About Your Recommended Placement?
Call the Assessment Center at (760) 744-1150, ext. 2476, 2383, or 2182.

If you’d like to know more about the legislation that has prompted this state-wide approach to access and placement, please refer to the AB 705 implementation web page at https://assessment.cccco.edu/.