Assessment for Placement
It is our core belief at Foothill College that all students can succeed given the right level of support.
All students are eligible to access transfer-level English composition— regardless of your educational background or native language. Based on a student's need for additional support, Foothill offers four options of transfer-level English Composition & Reading.
|COURSE TITLE||COURSE DESCRIPTION|
|ENGL 1A Honors: Composition & Reading Honors
||Designed for students who want additional rigor, the honors section offers collegiate
preparation in analytic reading and writing skills
How are honors courses different?
|ENGL 1A: Composition & Reading||This course is offered face-to-face, fully online, or hybrid. A standalone English
composition course offered without any additional support. Students who may need additional
help can attend instructor office hours or visit the Teaching and Learning Center
ENGL 1A (credit) + NCEN 401A (noncredit)
ENGL 1A (credit) + ESLL 201A (credit)
|A transfer-level composition and reading course paired with an additional support
course designed for students who need additional help. The non-credit co-requisite,
taught by the same instructor, offers students dedicated in class support throughout
A second option available for Non-native English language learners is English 1A (5 units) + ESLL 201A (2 units), support course that focuses on language aquisition skills.
How You are Placed
Placement into English Composition is based on high school transcript evaluation or guided self-placement.
Traditional high school student matriculation
If you are a domestic student or your high school used an American style 4.0 scale grade point average (GPA) grading system, your placement has already been calculated. Check your MyPortal account for placement.
Student did not attend high school or did not attend high school in the United States
If you did not go to high school in the United States, never attended high school anywhere, or your high school transcripts are unavailable. Email to the Testing and Assessment Center to complete a guided self-placement for English.
Transfer student from other college or with other college credit
If you have transfer credit from another college/university or Advanced Placement (AP) scores please complete a Prerequisite Clearance Form.
Student currently in high school
At Foothill College, high school students currently in 11th and 12th grade are placed into English 1A based on cumulative unweighted high school GPA. For 10th graders seeking placement, we require not only a transcript for GPA, but also letters of recommendations from both an English instructor and a Counselor. We are interested in student's readiness for college-level reading and writing, as well as participation in a college-level classroom comprised of tranditional-age college students as well as older returning students. In particular, does the student have the social maturity for non-fiction readings that may include complex themes of an adult nature and social maturity to engage in critical discourse on these themes with adult learners in a collaborative classroom. Therefore, per Foothill English Department policy, students currently in 9th grade high school are not permitted to enroll into English 1A.
Request to take the English Guided Self-Placement at firstname.lastname@example.org.