English Placement

You should take an English Placement Test if...

  • You plan to enroll in any English course and you don’t meet the exceptions outlined below.
  • You plan to enroll in a course with an English prerequisite.
  • You plan to enroll in CNSL 50.

You do NOT need an English Placement Test if...

  • You have a college degree from an accredited U.S. college or university
  • You are eligible for English 1A (freshman level English) or higher
  • You have taken AP English - Language & Composition in High School and have an AP score of 3 or higher within several years.
  • You have taken AP English - Literature & Composition in High School and have an AP score of 3 or higher within several years.

You will not need to take an English Placement test until you plan to start your English course work.

To be cleared for a prerequisite (for any of the above reasons), please complete a prerequisite clearance form and submit the form to Admissions & Records.

Foothill College does not accept placement test scores from CSUs or UCs.

Before scheduling an appointment:

Schedule an Appointment 

Test is approximately 1 hour in length

English Assessment & Course Placement Guide

English Sequence & Cut Scores

Expiration of Assessment Results

Assessment results are valid for one (1) year for the date that the score was earned.

Retest Policy

After taking a placement test at Foothill College, students may retake the English, ESL, and/or Math placement tests one (1) time at Foothill College within a six (6) month period of the initial date of a placement; however, students cannot retest in a subject if they have earned a transcriptable grad (passing, or D, F, W, NP or I) in the subject/course sequence in which they are seeking a new placement.

Challenges

Challenges to placements should be directed to the appropriate Division Office.

English & ESL: Dean of Language Arts Paul Starer

Foothill College Placement Testing Retest Policy - Updated July 1, 2015

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