Academic Levels and Course Placement

Students have a variety of ways to establish academic levels including high school GPA, WCC writing sample, standardized tests, prior college attendance, and/or course completion.

Reading

Your academic reading
level
Reading course for your level Accuplacer Next Gen SAT Reading Accuplacer SAT Reading
Prior to 2016
PSAT/
NMSQT
11, 10
ACT Reading COMPASS Reading WCC Writing Sample Exempt*** High School GPA
≥3.0+
Successfully completed course**
<3 Referral to Adult Transitions <223 <18 <34 n/a <17 <12 <53 X      
3 ACS 107 223 18 34 320 17 12 53 X      
5 ACS 108 242 22 64 450 21 18 78 X     ACS 107
6 None required 253 24 80 460 23 19 82 X X X  
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Writing

Your academic writing level Writing courses for your level Accuplacer Next Gen SAT Writ/Lang Accuplacer SAT Writing Prior to 2016 PSAT/
NMSQT
11, 10
ACT Writing COMPASS Writing WCC Writing Sample Exempt*** High School GPA≥3.0+ Successfully completed course **
2 ENG 050 <237 <21 <50 <380 <20 <14 <40 X      
3 ENG 090 237 21 50 380 20 14 40 X     ENG 051
6 ENG 100/
107/111
250 24 80 480 23 20 81 X X X ENG 091
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Math

Your academic math level Math courses for your level ALEKS* SAT SAT Math Prior to 2016 PSAT/
NMSQT
11, 10
ACT Math COMPASS code ASSET Math High School GPA≥3.0+ Successfully completed course **
0 Expired math level           Pre-algebra (CMPP)      
1 MTH 067 <14 <470 <430 <450 <18 44 <39    
2 MTH 094/097 14 470 430 450 18 44 39   MTH 067
            Algebra (CMPA)      
2 MTH 094/097 14 470 430 450 18 1-45 39   MTH 067
3 MTH 125/148/160/167/169 30 530 500 500 21 46 n/a X MTH 094 or 097
4 MTH 176/181 46 560 540 530 23 66 n/a   MTH 169
            College Algebra (CMPC)      
5 MTH 178**
/180/182
61 610 590 580 26 46 n/a   MTH 176**
            Trigonometry (CMPT)      
7 MTH 191 76 650 630 620 28 46 n/a   MTH 180
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*If the college has more than one assessment for the student in its records, such as the ACT, the SAT, PSAT, Accuplacer, ALEKS, and particular classes, the College uses the highest scores or class/es) to assign the Academic Level to the student.
**Successful completion of the course listed in the "completed course" column (or one of the test scores listed next to it) will bring the student to the academic level listed next to it. Successful completion requires a minimum grade of 'C' or 'S' or 'P'. Students may enroll concurrently in MTH 176 and MTH 178 .
***Students with the following exemption test codes (EXAP (apprentice), EXPC, EXCG (prior college), EXPG, EXGU (guest student), and EXPT (old exemption code)) are assumed to have Level 6 reading and Level 6 writing. Students who have an exempt score and wish to take a Math class which requires an Academic Level must demonstrate the required Academic Level by taking ALEKS. See a WCC counselor.

+Cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher calculated after completion of 11th grade or later