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College Success Skills

College Success Skills

This course will connect you with the college’s resources, including the libraries, learning centers and academic counseling and advising. You will also learn how to take notes and tests more effectively, study smarter and manage your time so that you can strike a balance between the demands of your classes and your life. You will also identify your own personal strengths, weaknesses and interests so that you may choose a program and career path.

When College Success Skills (CSSK 1200) at Macomb is Required

We want every student to succeed. That’s why we require students who place in all three of the college’s Math, Reading and English developmental courses: MATH 0050 or MATH 0070, READ 0960 and ENGL 0050 to take CSSK 1200 their first semester at Macomb. Students must successfully complete CSSK 1200 with a grade of C or better within two attempts to continue taking other courses at Macomb. Students who do not complete it after three attempts will not be allowed further enrollment in CSSK-1200 or at the college.

Placement Testing Exemptions

Meet with a counselor or advisor as soon as possible after you have applied for admission if you believe you qualify for one of the following exemptions to placement testing:

  • Contracted education programs for predetermined populations through workforce development
  • Students taking course(s) for personal reasons (16-credit-hour maximum)
  • Transfer students who have successfully completed college-level English composition and mathematics courses at another post-secondary institution
  • Guest students from other post-secondary institutions
  • Students who have completed an associate, bachelor’s or graduate degree that includes the successful completion of college-level mathematics course(s).*

* These students may enroll at Macomb Community College, but cannot register for English, Mathematics or English for Academic Purposes courses without meeting appropriate placement or prerequisite requirements.

Top 3 Reasons to Choose Macomb for College Success Skills

  1. Students who take this course have a higher average GPA and advance further in their degrees
  2. Assessment tests taken at the start and end of the course will help you see how much your skills have improved
  3. Credits earned in this course can be transferred to a four-year university

How do I find out more about Macomb’s College Success Skills Course?

For more information, contact the Communications Department at Center Campus: 586.286.2145 or or at South Campus: 586.445.7354 or

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