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Assessment Policy

Prior to initial registration, students designating themselves as degree or certificate-seeking must be assessed for writing ability and numerical skills. Transfer students who are degree or certificate-seeking and who do not have transferable equivalent math or English courses must be assessed. Students may be exempt from assessment by providing proof of a qualifying college entrance exam score or qualifying high school transcript. No degree or certificate seeking students can register for credit-bearing courses until they have test scores or other qualifying measures on file.

All students taking a mathematics or English course must be assessed through Sinclair College prior to enrollment.

Exceptions include:

  • Qualifying entrance exam scores.
  • Qualifying high school transcripts.
  • Qualifying ACT/SAT scores.
  • Prior Learning Assessment.
  • Transferring credits for appropriate level math and English courses.

For more information on specifics related to the above assessment, contact an academic advisor. 

Students must begin mathematics and/or English course sequences no higher than the level indicated by their assessment results. 

Students taking classes with prerequisites must meet them, either by assessment, transfer credit, or a qualified prior learning assessment option. Students requiring testing accommodations should make arrangements with the department of Accessibility Services. English as a second language (ESL) students should meet with the ESL coordinator prior to assessment to determine the appropriate assessment steps. International students must meet with the International Education Department prior to assessment to determine eligibility and appropriate assessment steps.

Students taking non-prerequisite courses for personal interest or career development, but not pursuing a degree or certificate are exempt from assessment.

  • Last Revised: 08/03/2023