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English Placement Test

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:

Transfer Courses

English 100
ESL 400

Non-Transfer Courses

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:

Transfer Courses

English 110, 165
Communication 110, 130, 140, 170, 171

Non-Transfer Courses

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 READ 826

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 courses.

Course Description

The craft of writing short fiction and poetry. Students write a minimum of two short stories and a complete poetry project.

Units: 3
Degree Credit
Grade Option (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass)
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
Prerequisites: Eligibility for ENGL 100 or 105.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area E2b
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area C2), UC
C-ID: ENGL 200