English Placement

If you are new to Oakland Community College, you must have an English Placement.

  • You can use an existing score (SAT, ACT, CLEP, and AP English Exam) or an equivalent course from a different college or university. See the Exemptions below.

OR

  • You can use the English Placement Process. See the instructions below.

New students whose primary language is different than English should go through the ESL Placement Process.

Students with disabilities who may need assistance on English Placement should contact the ACCESS office. They will need to provide documentation of a qualifying disability and its functional limitation.

EXEMPTIONS FAQs

Do you have an SAT score?

If your score is less than three years old, you can use that score for English Placement. See the table below. Contact an OCC counselor to verify your score.

English Course Placement* Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
English 1510, Composition I 480 and above
English 1075, English Essentials 450 to 470
English 1060, Academic Literacy II 390 to 440
English 1055, Academic Literacy I 300 to 380
Use Placement Process Below 300

* Read the OCC Catalog description of each English course.

You do not have to use your score for English Placement. You can use the English Placement Process.

Do you have an ACT score?

If your score is less than three years old, you can use that score for English Placement. See the table below. Contact an OCC counselor to verify your score.

English Course Placement Combined English and Reading Subtests and Score on Each Section
English 1510, Composition I 38 with minimum of 18 on each
English 1075, English Essentials 37 to 36 with minimum of 16 on each
English 1060, Academic Literacy II 29 to 35 with minimum of 11 on each
English 1055, Academic Literacy I 22 to 28 with minimum of 11 on each
Use Placement Process Below 22 and less than 11 on each

* Read the OCC Catalog description of each English course.

You do not have to use your score for English Placement. You can use the English Placement Process.

Do you have an AP English score?

If you got a 3 or higher on an AP English exam and the score is less than three years old, your English Placement is English 1510. Contact an OCC counselor to verify your score.

If you received less than a 3, use the English Placement Process.

Do you have a CLEP Composition score?

If you got a 50 or higher on the CLEP Composition exam and the score is less than three years old, your English Placement is English 1510. Contact an OCC counselor to verify your score.

If you received less than a 50, use the English Placement Process.

Do you have ACCUPLACER WritePlacer and Reading scores?

If you have existing ACCUPLACER WritePlacer and Reading scores and the scores are less than three years old, contact an OCC counselor. You may be able to use the scores for your English Placement.

Did you take an English Composition course at a different college or university?

If you took a course at an accredited U.S. college or university that is equivalent to OCC’s English 1510, Composition I, and received a “C” or better in the course on your transcript, contact an OCC counselor.

Are you a college student from another college or university?

If you are currently enrolled at a different college or university, review OCC’s guidelines for Guest Students.

English Placement Process

To complete you must:

  1. Log into MyOCC.
  2. On the Students Menu under Pre-Registration Steps, click on English Placement.
  3. Sign in with your MyOCC username and password.
  4. Click on English Placement. The course will take about a half hour to complete and is available 24/7 on all devices.
  5. After you have completed the survey at the end of the course, remember to click Mark Course Completed.

You may need to schedule an appointment with an OCC counselor after you complete the English Placement process.