Matching your skills to your courses

English and math courses are part of nearly every degree program—and useful in everyday life outside college, too. To help you build your skills and be successful, Waubonsee places you into appropriate English and math courses based on your abilities. All new full-time students need to go through the course placement process. Part-time students are strongly encouraged to go through the course placement process, since it is required for those seeking financial aid or planning to enroll in an English or math course.  Starting Spring 2021 all degree-seeking students (regardless of part-time or full-time attendance) will be required to go through the process..

Course placement is based on one of the following criteria:

Placement Testing at Waubonsee

If you do not have any of these or if your grades/scores do not satisfy the requirements, you can go through placement testing here at Waubonsee. Learn all you need at our Placement Testing page. Note that given the current pandemic, placement testing is temporarily being offered in a remotely proctored format, but that means appointments are limited. To request a spot, use our Placement Off-Site Testing Request Form in mywcc. We appreciate your patience.

College-Level English Placement Guide 

Check out grades/scores needed top place into college-level courses.
Placement Measure Minimum Score Course Placement Expiration
ACCUPLACER
WritePlacer Test &
Next Generation Reading Test
WritePlacer 5-6
& Next Gen. Reading 263
ENG 101
See Learning Assessment and Testing Services English Interpretation Guide for additional score options and placement into Developmental English courses
Fall 2020 English Interpretation Guide can be found here

5 Years (for summer '20 students)

3 Years (for fall '20 students) 

ACCUPLACER
WritePlacer Test &
Next Generation Reading Test
WritePlacer 7-8
& Next Gen. Reading 250
ENG 101
See Learning Assessment and Testing Services English Interpretation Guide for additional score options and placement into Developmental English courses
Fall 2020 English Interpretation Guide can be found here

5 Years (for summer '20 students)

3 Years (for fall '20 students) 

ACT
English & Reading Test
19 ENG 101
Students must have a score of 19 on both the English & Reading test

5 Years (for summer '20 students)

3 Years (for fall '20 students) 

SAT
Evidence-Based Reading &
Writing Test
480 ENG 101
New SAT taken 3/2016 or later

5 Years (for summer '20 students)

3 Years (for fall '20 students) 

GED
Reasoning
Language Arts Test
165 ENG 101 3 Years

High School GPA 

(for fall '20 students) 

3.0 cumulative on unweighted 4.0 scale 

ENG 101 
Students applying to Waubonsee and submitting their transcript by June 1 of their senior year can use their 7th semester GPA. 

3 Years from H.S. Graduation 
HiSET
Language Arts-Writing &
Language Arts-Reading Test
15 and 4 on the Essay ENG 101
Students must have a score of 15 on both the Writing Test and Reading Test with a score of 4 on the Essay
3 Years
Transitional High School
English Course
A final grade of C or better in approved H.S. Transitional English Course ENG 101 18 Months from H.S. Graduation

 

College-Level Math Placement Guide 

Check out grades/scores needed top place into college-level courses.
Placement Measure Minimum Score Course Placement Expiration
ACCUPLACER
Next Generation Quantitative Reasoning,
Algebra, & Statistics (QAS) Test
262-300 (Range 6) MTH 101, MTH 102, MTH 107, *MTH 109, *MTH 129, *MTH 130, *MTH 201
See Learning Assessment and Testing Services Math Interpretation Guide for additional score options and placement into Developmental Math courses
Fall 2020 Math Interpretation Guide can be found here

5 Years (for summer '20 students)

3 Years (for fall '20 students) 

ACCUPLACER
Next Generation Advanced Algebra &
Functions (AAF) Test
251-278 (Range 7) MTH 130, MTH 210, MTH 211

5 Years (for summer '20 students)

3 Years (for fall '20 students) 

ACCUPLACER
Next Generation Advanced Algebra &
Functions (AAF) Test
279-300 (Range 8) MTH 131

5 Years (for summer '20 students)

3 Years (for fall '20 students) 

ACT Math 22 MTH 101, MTH 102, MTH 107, MTH 109, MTH 129, MTH 130, MTH 201

5 Years (for summer '20 students)

3 Years (for fall '20 students) 

SAT Math 530 MTH 101, MTH 102, MTH 107, MTH 109, MTH 129, MTH 130, MTH 201

5 Years (for summer '20 students) 

3 Years (for fall '20 students) 

ACT High-level Math

28

MTH 210, MTH 211, MTH 131

5 Years (for summer '20 students)

3 Years (for fall '20 students) 

SAT High-Level Math 660 MTH 210, MTH 211, MTH 131

5 Years (for summer '20 students)

3 Years (for fall '20 students) 

GED
Mathematical Reasoning Test
165 MTH 101, MTH 102, MTH 107, MTH 109, MTH 129, MTH 130, MTH 201 3 Years

High School GPA

(for fall '20 students) 

3.0 cumulative on unweighted 4.0 scale AND
C or better in a fourth-year math course
 

Liberal Arts Math: MTH 101, MTH 102, MTH 107
Students applying to Waubonsee and submitting their transcript by June 1 of their senior year can use their 7th semester GPA.  

3 Years from H.S. Graduation 

High School GPA

(for fall '20 students)

3.0 cumulative on unweighted 4.0 scale AND
C or better in a fourth-year math course
AND
Geometry requirement 
STEM Math: MTH 109, MTH 129, MTH 130, MTH 201 
Students applying to Waubonsee and submitting their transcript by June 1 of their senior year can use their 7th semester GPA. 
3 Years from H.S. Graduation 
HiSET
Mathematics Test
15 MTH 101, MTH 102, MTH 107, MTH 109, MTH 129, MTH 130, MTH 201 3 Years
Transitional High School
Math Course(s)
A final grade of C or Better in approved H.S. Transitional Math Course(s) Liberal Arts Math: MTH 101, MTH 102, MTH 107 18 Months from H.S. Graduation
Transitional High School
Math Course(s)
A final grade of C or Better in approved H.S. Transitional Math Course(s) STEM Math: MTH 109, MTH 129, MTH 130, MTH 201 18 Months from H.S. Graduation
Waubonsee Math Bridge Placement determined by Assessment Placement into various math courses based on Math Bridge Program Completion 18 Months from Bridge Completion

*Please Note: Placement into MTH 109, 129, 130 and 201 at these placement levels must also fulfill the Geometry Requirement