## Directed-Self Placement

### Self-Placement Guidelines

Directed self-placement is an alternative to timed placement tests like the ACT; it may be a more effective mechanism for placement in English, math and reading courses that are applicable to your experiences, interests and goals.

With the help of our Self-Placement Guidelines, it will be your responsibility to decide which English, math and reading courses are the best fit for you. It is important that you make an informed and wise choice about your placement.

Check your Degree Audit on the AccessOTC tab of MyOTC to view the required courses for your degree program. Depending upon your program, English, math or reading courses may not be required. If OTC has your scores on file, you can view them on the AccessOTC tab of MyOTC.

#### ENGLISH

**English 050:** Prepares the student to enter English 101 by developing skills necessary for college-level writing including adapting texts to affect an audience and accomplish a purpose, developing essays, and introducing beginning concepts of research and documentation. Students will progress from multi - paragraph writing assignments to more complex compositions. Students will be required to participate in coursework, the Writing Proficiency, and a standardized final exam.

**English 101**: Introduces students to college-level writing and thinking through personal narrative, analytical, and research-supported writing. The processes of critical thinking, composing, revising, and editing are emphasized. Students will learn basic research skills and documentation techniques.

**Existing Knowledge Placement Guidelines:**

1. In your most recent English course did you gain, practice, and retain a working knowledge of researching, writing, and correctly documenting a source-based essay (MLA or APA)?

If yes, we recommend that you enroll in ENG 101.

If no, go to Question #2.

2. In your most recent English course did you gain, practice, and retain a working knowledge of the writing process (pre-writing, organizing, drafting, revising) as demonstrated by completing several full essays (five or more paragraphs)?

If yes, we recommend that you enroll in ENG 101.

If no, go to Question #3.

3. Do you feel ready to work at a quick pace in a writing course requiring challenging, college-level reading and complex writing tasks?

If yes, we recommend that you enroll in ENG 101

If no, go to Question #4.

4. Are you confident that you can successfully complete challenging, college-level reading assignments?

If yes, we recommend that you enroll in ENG 050.

If no, we recommend that you enroll in ENG 099.

ACT Scores |
COMPASS Scores |
Placement Guidelines |

17 & Below | 69 & Below | ENG 050 |

18 & Above | 70 & Above | ENG 101 |

#### MATH

**Math 050: **This course is designed for students who have had no instruction in algebra or who need a review. Students learn to solve linear equations and inequalities; to multiply and factor polynomials; and to graph linear equations.

**Math 110: **This course is an extension of basic algebra and includes factoring, rational expressions, linear equations, quadratic equations, functions, graphs, radicals, complex numbers, and applications.

**Math 128:** This course provides students with a basic survey of mathematics. Topics include problem solving, sets, counting methods, probability, statistics and geometry.

**Math 130: **This course is a standard course in college level algebra. Topics include properties of functions; polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic functions and their graphs; and conic sections.

**Existing Knowledge Placement Guidelines:**

1. In your most recent math course did you gain and retain a thorough knowledge of graphing quadratic functions, completing the square, and using the quadratic formula?

If yes, we recommend that you enroll in MTH 128 or MTH 130.

If no, go to Question #2.

2. In your most recent math course did you gain and retain a thorough knowledge of factoring polynomials?

If yes, we recommend that you enroll in MTH 110.

If no, go to Question #3.

3. In your most recent math course did you gain and retain a thorough knowledge of the slope of a line, graphing lines, and laws of exponents?

If yes, we recommend that you enroll MTH 110.

If no, we recommend that you enroll in MTH 050.

ACT Scores |
COMPASS Scores |
Placement Guidelines |

19 & Below | Pre-Algebra 1-100 or Basic Algebra 42 & Below | MTH 050 |

20-22 | Basic Algebra 43-65 | MTH 110 |

23 | Basic Algebra 66-100 or College Algebra 45 & Below | MTH 130; MTH 128 |

#### READING

**Reading 050:** This course helps students develop college reading skills. By developing critical reading strategies for specific college courses students will be able to meet the reading demands of college-level courses. Critical reading and thinking, vocabulary development, literal and critical comprehension and organization of written material will be stressed.

**Existing Knowledge Placement Guidelines:**

1. Do you read for enjoyment?

Yes or No

2. Do you read your school assignments on a regular basis?

Yes or No

3. Think back to a class or subject that you least enjoyed. In that class did you read your text or any other materials?

Yes or No

4. Do you read and understand material easily?

Yes or No

If you answered no to more than one of these questions you should consider taking Reading 050 to strengthen your reading skills and comprehension.

ACT Scores |
COMPASS Scores |
Placement Guidelines |

17 & Below | 80 & Below | RDG 050 |

18 & Above | 81 & Above | No Reading course required. |