Demonstrate College Readiness

Requirements

You must demonstrate you are ready for college prior to being placed into college-level, stand-alone math and English courses.

Should you not meet these requirements, you may be advised to register for a co-requisite support course in addition to your math and English course, or you may be advised to register for an intensive reading and writing course prior to college composition. Support courses are designed to aid you in completing your English and math courses during your first semester. Do you need math or English courses to obtain a certificate or degree? You are strongly encouraged to take these classes during your first semester. Advisors will assist you to the right course.

International students or students seeking to improve their English, please click here.

Options to Demonstrate College Readiness

Option 1. ACT, SAT or Accuplacer Scores

Unofficial ACT, SAT, and Accuplacer placement test scores from within the past five (5) years may be submitted online.

The minimum test scores to demonstrate College Readiness are as follows:

  • ACT | English: 18 | Math: 19 for MAT 120/135 or 23 for MAT 121
  • SAT (Taken prior to March 2016) | Critical Reading: 430 for English | Math: 460
  • SAT (Taken after March 2016) | Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 470 for English | Math: 500 for MAT 120/135 | Math: 560 or higher for MAT 121
  • Classic Accuplacer | Sentence Skills: 95 | Reading Comprehension: 80 (Recommended) | Elementary Algebra: 60 for MAT 120/135 | Elementary Algebra: 85 for MAT 121
  • Next Generation Accuplacer | Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics: 240 for MAT 120/135/155/156 | Advanced Algebra and Functions: 245 for MAT 121/123.
  • Scores from advanced placement exams, international baccalaureate exams, and/or CLEP exams from within the past five (5) years can also be submitted for review at the Testing Center.

Option 2. High School Coursework & GPA

College-Level Math Course without Support Lab

If you are currently in or graduated high school within the past two years with a 2.75 cumulative unweighted GPA and passed Algebra II or Math III with a "B" grade or better you may enroll in any entry college-level math course without a support lab.

College-Level Math Course with Support Lab

If you are currently in or graduated high school within the past two years, passed Algebra II or Math III, but do not meet the GPA or grade requirements, you may enroll in any entry college-level math course with the appropriate support lab. 

English 121 without Support Lab

If you are currently in or graduated high school within the past two years with a 2.75 cumulative unweighted GPA and passed English III or AP English with a "B" grade or better you may enroll in English 121.

English 121 with Support Lab

If you are currently in or graduated high school within the past two years and passed English III or AP English, but do not meet the GPA or grade requirements, you may enroll in CCR 092 or ENG 121 paired with CCR 094.

You should turn in your high school transcripts to registration and records. We will review the transcripts to exempt you from taking all or portions of the assessment tests (math, reading and English). 

Option 3. College Credit Transfer

Unofficial college transcripts must be submitted along with a completed Transcript Intake Form via fax, email, or in person at the Testing Center for review. 

The Testing Center will review the transcripts to exempt a student from taking all or portions of the assessment tests (math, reading, English). 

  • Transcripts will be reviewed for evidence that an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree was conferred or that developmental or college-level courses demonstrating reading, writing, and math was successfully (C or higher) completed at a regionally accredited institution.
  • International transcripts must be translated and evaluated by one of the agencies listed on the NACES webpage.
  • Math coursework completed more than 10-years ago cannot be used to qualify for an exemption from the math assessment test. Exemptions are based on how the completed coursework compares to courses offered at CCD.
  • For program specific exemptions or for departmental prerequisite overrides, the Testing Center will forward your transcript to the appropriate department for review based on your selections on the Transcript Intake Form
  • Transcript reviews take up to 7-10 business days. Please plan accordingly.

Option 4. High School Equivalency Diploma

GED (Taken after January 1, 2015), HiSET, and TASC transcripts can also be reviewed for exemptions.

The minimum test scores to demonstrate College Readiness are as follows:

  • GED | Reasoning through Language Arts: 165 | Mathematical Reasoning: 165 
  • HiSET | Language Arts Reading: 15 | Language Arts Writing: 15 | Math: 15
  • TASC | Reading: 580 | Writing: 560 | Writing Essay: 6 | Math: 560

Option 5. College Ready Questionnaire

English

You may demonstrate you are ready for college-level English through an English self-assessment questionnaire. Your responses will be reviewed and you will receive an email to your CCD email account with the most appropriate English and/or College Composition and Reading class for you. If the results of the survey are unclear or you do not agree with the results of your placement, you may choose to take the English placement test.

Math

Students are automatically placed into the college-level math class for their math pathway with a support class. Should you wish to opt-out of the math support courses you can submit college transcripts or test scores to demonstrate college readiness. If you are not able to submit college transcripts or test scores that demonstrate college readiness, you may choose to take the math placement test.

Please Note
Please note: OFFICIAL transcripts and test score reports should be submitted to the Office of Registration & Records (Confluence Building, Room 114), not the Testing Center.

You may also mail official transcripts and test scores to the Office of Registration & Records: Campus Box 201, P.O. Box 173363, Denver, CO 80217-3363.

Demonstrate English Speaking Abilities

English as a Second Language (ESL)

CCD enrolls many students whose first language is not English. If you would like to improve your English, you may or may not need additional English as a Second Language (ESL) courses before pursuing your certificate or degree of choice (or if ESL courses are your only educational objective at CCD). You should take the ESL assessment test if your primary language is other than English. You can also meet with an ESL advisor if you have questions about ESL classesLearn more about the ESL Placement Test.

International Students

If you are an International student in the US on a student visa, you should meet with an academic advisor prior to taking the English and or math placement test.