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Placement Services at Cabrillo College

What is the Placement Process?

Welcome to Cabrillo College! Need to take English, Math or English as a Second Language? Get started here. Cabrillo College uses Guided Placement to help you decide which math, English, or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are best for you. A new California Law, Assembly Bill 705, enables all students to take transfer level English, ESL and most Math classes right away, which reduces the time and money you’ll spend to achieve your goals. With this in mind, Placement Services will provide you with course information so that you can make the best choices for your academic needs.

How does it work?

We ask you a few questions about your high school courses and GPA. Don’t remember your GPA? This GPA guide will help you figure out your GPA. This information is used to create specific placement and course format recommendations designed for your success. These recommendations will help you to make your choice. You will NOT be blocked from taking English 1A, ESL 1A, Math 152, 4, 10, 12, 13, 15, 18, Psychology 2a or Business 9.

We advise that everyone take a some time to learn about their options and recommendations before deciding which courses to take. During the placement process, you will learn about the various formats of transfer level English, ESL and math courses. You will decide what format is best for you based on your major, your learning style and what preparation you feel you need for your success. In order to receive the most accurate recommendations it is in your best interest that this information be accurate. Again, remember, these are only recommendations, you always have the choice.

Who Needs to complete Guided Placement?

  • Any student that needs to complete English, Math or English as a Second Language course to meet degree requirements.
  • Any student that wants to earn an earlier registration date. By completing orientation, the placement process and starting an education plan, you will earn an earlier registration date.

Who can skip Guided Placement?

  • Any student taking a class for personal or professional enrichment, who does not want to work toward a degree, certificate or transfer to a university. Change your mind? If your plans change in the future, and you decide to work toward a degree or certificate, then come back and do Guided Placement. Remember, finishing Guided Placement may help you get an earlier registration date.
  • Students who have successfully completed degree applicable math, English and ESL courses or have earned an Associate Degree or higher do not need to complete this process. It is important to send us your official transcripts to clear prerequisites.

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