English Placement and Test Preparation

Students place into TMCC English classes either by testing into the class or by having completed an appropriate pre-requisite class.

English Course Placement Guidelines

Course Substitutions

For English course substitutions, please start at TMCC Academic Advisement in the Red Mountain Building, room 111. Here, you will request and pick up your course substitution card in consultation with your advisor.

Bring this card to the English Department, with all documentation (course descriptions and transcripts), and ask to see the English Department Chair.

After the English Department Chair approves the substitution, take the card to the Dean of the Division for final signature, in Sierra Building, room 200-1.

TMCC English Department's ACCUPLACER Policies

All ACCUPLACER testing is done through Testing Services. The ACCUPLACER exam is free of charge for TMCC students taking any version of the placement exam for the first time.

See Also: ACCUPLACER Academic Placement exam information.

Retest Policy:

  • If a student retakes the placement exam, the cost is $20. The testing fee is nonrefundable, even if the student does not complete the retest.
  • Students may challenge an English course placement by retaking the English portion of the test a minimum of 24 hours after the previous testing date.
  • After this 24-hour waiting period, students may retake the English portion as many times as they wish, at any point in a semester.
  • To be admitted to a testing session, students must:
    1. Present valid picture ID and
    2. Have their NSHE Student ID number available.

English Placement Test Cut-off Scores

The following ACCUPLACER, SAT and ACT cut-off scores are currently in effect for placement into TMCC English classes. These scores are subject to modification at any time. If a single score is listed, it is a minimum score.

English Placement Options

Course Placement Classic ACCUPLACER Next Generation ACCUPLACER ACT SAT (Mar. 2016 & later)
English Skills Center (ESC) RC: 20–55 NGR: 200–227 X X
ENG 96 or ENG 98A / ENG 101A (5 credits) Must enroll in both classes RC: 56–75 NGR: 228–250 Below 18 Below 440
ENG 101 w/required READ 135 RC:76–85 NGR: 251–261 X X
ENG 101 RC: 86+ NGR: 262+ 18–29 440–670
ENG 102 X X 30+ 680+

NGR = Next Generation ACCUPLACER Reading

Alternate Pathways Options for High School Graduates

Recent (within the last two years prior to term in which they are applying) high school graduates can use alternate pathways for placement into entry-level college courses. This means students can use their high school course work to place into college classes.

Course Placement Criteria Supporting Documents
ENG 96 or ENG 98A / ENG 101A (5 credits) Must enroll in both classes or ENG 111 Overall unweighted GPA < 3.0 High School Transcripts within the last two years
ENG 101, Recommended READ 135 or ENG 113, Recommended READ 135 Overall unweighted GPA ≥ 3.0 High School Transcripts within the last two years
ENG 101, Recommended READ 135 or ENG 113, Recommended READ 135 AP English Course (passing grade of C or better) High School Transcripts within the last two years

Non-Native English Placement Options

Course Placement Classic ACCUPLACER Continuation Course Placement Next-Generation ACCUPLACER
Community ESL Program RS: 20–49 & WP: 0–5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Students with a perfect score of 6 in WritePlacer will branch out to Native Reading. This gives students the opportunity to show that they are ready for the Native English track.

Not prepared for Native English. Divert back to Reading Skills (RS). Use RS scores and refer to WP 3–5 sequence. NGR: 200–250 & WP : 6
ENG 112A, ENG 81C RS: 50–105 & WP: 0–2
ENG 111 RS:106–120 & WP: 0–2
ENG 112A, ENG 81C RS: 50–80 & WP: 3–5 ENG 101 or ENG 113 w/required READ 135 NGR: 251–261 & WP: 6
ENG 111 RS: 81–99 & WP: 3–5 ENG 101 or ENG 113 NGR: 262+ & WP: 6
ENG 113 w/required READ 135 RS: 100–114 & WP: 3–5  
ENG 113 w/recommended READ 135 RS: 115–120 & WP: 3–5

NGR = Next Generation ACCUPLACER Reading