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FAQs for Students

This Frequently Asked Questions page is for students, based on questions received by students regarding AB 705 placement and implementation. If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact us at any of the contacts listed on the AB 705 webpage.

General

We strongly urge you to try the class shown in your e-services placement box. If you are concerned, please make an appointment to speak with a counselor (760-891-7511) or contact the Assessment Office (760-744-1150, x2182) for further assistance. You are able to register in a lower-level course or into the same course linked with a support class, but you should still seek more information from the contacts listed here.

Military-affiliated students using VA Education Benefits should contact the Veterans Resource Center. To schedule a counseling appointment or to get more information, please call 760-744-1150, x2173.

Reading

College textbooks at Palomar are as challenging as texts at any four-year college or university. Take a reading course to obtain the support you need to succeed in GE courses and courses in your major. Learn to read quickly, develop a large technical vocabulary, and improve your ability to comprehend and analyze technical material at a high level. Read to Succeed!!

English

You can only enroll in these courses if you have met the pre-requisites for them. Please refer to the current catalog for more information.

Math

The following classes do not have pre-requisites: 54 and the linked courses of 6+56 and 12+120.

All Math classes numbered 100 and above are transferred to UC and CSU with the following one restriction: Math 115 is CSU transferable only.

English as a Second Language

There are many benefits to taking academic ESL classes. In addition to strengthening your language skills, you will earn units that can be transferred to CSU/UC. You can see a counselor or ESL advisor for details.

English as a Second Language classes are for any multilingual speakers/writers of English regardless of birthplace or previous educational experience. If you are multilingual, and you experience difficulty expressing yourself when writing in English because English is not your native (primary) language, then you may benefit from taking an ESL academic writing class.

Transfer-level ESL writing courses at Palomar college are high level academic writing classes that transfer to UC and CSU, and they focus on helping students develop high level critical thinking, reading, writing, and grammar skills. If you sometimes experience difficulty expressing yourself when writing in English because English is not your native (primary) language, then you may benefit from taking an ESL academic writing class.

Struggles with grammar are a great reason to consider taking an ESL course. If English is not your native (primary) language, and you sometimes experience difficulty expressing yourself when writing in English, then you may benefit from taking an ESL academic writing class. Please note that we also offer credit/noncredit ESL grammar courses (such as ESL 14/NESL 914) that could be taken in addition to your ESL or English writing class for additional grammar support.

Bridge to College Programs

This program is designed to give you support by building your mathematical confidence and proficiency while improving your math placement.

You will be in a lab with an Instructor and a Tutor, using an adaptive computer system that will guide you through the prerequisite knowledge you need to be successful in the college level class and hopefully bypass the corequisite support class.

You need a math refresher. You want to place out of the support class to reduce units. You previously took Math 15 or 50 and don’t feel ready for your new placement.

Any one who would like a math refresher or has a math placement with an Integrated Co-Requisite Support course.
We are here to help everyone with their new placements. You will be work through one of the following three course paths:
-Intermediate Algebra bootcamp:
Intended for any student placed into M56+6, M56 or M60
-College Algebra bootcamp:
Intended for any student placed into M110+11 or M110
-Statistics bootcamp:
Intended for any student placed into M54, M120+20 or M120

Last modified August 2020