The English Placement Test is required of all entering students. Students transferring
to College of San Mateo who successfully completed college English will not be required
to take the test. They must, however, take the Reading Test if they have not completed
English 100 or equivalent with a grade of C or higher. Designed to measure the entrant’s
ability in reading, the mechanics of writing, and composition, the English Placement
Test is used (in addition to other information) to determine placement of students in
English 100 and other English courses.
The English Program
The English program consists of transfer and non-transfer courses in composition,
film, language, literature, reading, and speech communication. Entering students should
enroll first in one of the following courses in composition:
English 100 ESL 400
English 828, 838, 848 ESL 825, 826, 827 or 828
The English requirement for the A.A./A.S. degree may be completed with additional
units chosen from the following courses:
English 110, 165 Communication 110, 130, 140, 170, 171
English 875 Communication 855
Note that English 100 with a grade of C or high is the prerequisite for English 110,
English 165, and for all transfer-level literature courses.
For those students who do not place into ENGL 100 on the placement tests, the following
courses options satisfy the prerequisite for ENGL 100 (all must be completed with
a grade of C or higher): ENGL 838 or 848 or 400; or ESL 400.
For those students who do not place into ENGL 838 or 848 on the placement test, the
following course options satisfy the prerequisite for ENGL 838 or 848 (al;l must be
completed with a grade of C or higher): ENGL 828 or 400; or ESL 400; or ENGL 826 and
Reading courses may be taken concurrently with any of the other courses in the English
and Literature program.
Other English/Literature transfer courses are those numbered below 800; other English/Literature
Non-Transfer courses are those numbered 800 or above.
The following English courses are pass-bearing but not degree-applicable, which means
that the units count for the purpose of financial aid but not toward the A.A./A.S.
degree: 828, 850, 875.
Minimum Grade for Prerequisites
Unless otherwise indicated, a grade of C or higher is required for all prerequisite
The craft of writing short fiction and
poetry. Students write a minimum of two short stories and a complete poetry project.