Macomb College requires that students participate in Student Success Services. The following guidelines are an integral part of the evaluation process to ensure success for each student in: English, mathematics, reading, and English for Academic Purposes.
Students who want to register for a beginning composition, beginning mathematics, reading, or English for Academic Purposes course must complete placement testing. Placement testing results will determine which courses the students should take in order to be successful.
Placement for English for Academic Purposes is a mandatory two part process. Students whose native language is not English will take the COMPASS/ESL placement test. They will be given an initial placement and register for the indicated course. During the beginning of the course, faculty will determine, based on the writing evaluation, if the student should stay in that course or move to another level.
Placement testing should be completed early so students can schedule orientation, and course planning sessions that are required of new students.
Students should call the placement testing office. For information about English for Academic Purposes contact the English Language and Literature department.
Students who wish to register for the following courses can register only for the specific course for which their COMPASS placement scores qualify them (or a lower level course, but not a higher level one):
- English composition: ENGL-0050, ENGL-1180 or ENGL-1210.
- English for Academic Purposes (formerly English as a Second Language): All EAPP.
Note: Students whose native language is not English must begin with the COMPASS / ESL test.
- Mathematics: In order to register for certain mathematics courses, students must either obtain a COMPASS score high enough to qualify them for registration, or meet the prerequisite(s) described for each course in the course catalog. The following mathematics courses fall into this category: MATH-0070, MATH-1000, MATH-1280, MATH-1340, MATH-1360, MATH-1370, MATH-1421, MATH-1430, MATH-1460, MATH-1760, or MATH-2200.
There will be no exceptions to the above practice, and no administrative override of placement scores.
Students who feel they can improve their COMPASS or COMPASS/ESL scores can retake the test once after a 24-hour period. If they retake the test and qualify for a higher level course, they can register for an open section of the higher level course in the next enrollment period.
Additionally, mathematics and English instructors, after reviewing a sample of a student's work, may recommend to the associate dean that a student be permitted to move to another level of class, either higher or lower, if room is available during the prescribed mobility period. Students in mathematics classes can also initiate such movement on their own. Waivers, if necessary, will be granted by the department.
- Students intending to register for CHEM-1170 must pass CHEM-1050 with grade C or better and MATH-1000 proficiency (demonstrated by math placement score; completing MATH-1000 with grade C or better; being enrolled in higher level math or having higher level math on transcript) OR a passing score on the American Chemical Society Placement Test.
- The chemistry placement exam can be taken in either Learning Center.