Success in college-level courses depends upon adequate academic preparation and study skills. Our placement process helps students determine their current skill levels in English and math. The placement results assist students and their advisors with selection of courses that will help them reach their educational goals.
Placement methods vary, including high school or college transcripts, placement testing and instructor recommendation. Placement testing may not be required for students who have:
- Earned college-level credits for English composition and math at an accredited college or university with a grade of 2.0 or higher (submit a college transcript).
- Earned a bachelor or associate degree (submit a college transcript).
- Taken an English and/or math placement test from a Washington state community or technical college within the last year (submit official copies of the placement results to the placement testing coordinator).
- Taken a reading comprehension test for English placement at any college within the last two years (submit a score report).
- Taken Smarter Balanced writing and/or math tests in high school within the last two years (submit a score report).
- Completed at least an algebra 2 (or equivalent) course with grade of B or better in a Whatcom County high school within the last two years.
Other placement methods may also be available. See an advisor for individual placement information. Group and individual placement tests are offered each quarter. Contact the WCC entry and advising center to make an appointment for placement testing. Testing fees apply.