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Assessment & Orientation

13 July 2015

About Assessment & Orientation

Many students who are new to college will attend an assessment and orientation session as part of their process to enroll in classes. The purpose of the assessment is to provide students with information regarding their current skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. The results of the assessment, along with other information provided by the student, will be used by counseling staff to assist the student in selecting appropriate courses. The assessment is not used to bar anyone from enrollment in the college, but rather to aid students to choose the best classes based on academic skill level. Special testing is provided for students whose native language is not English. This is called ESL (English as a Second Language) assessment.

During orientation, students are provided with information regarding the college’s programs and services. Students receive information regarding: programs and majors; degree, certificate, and transfer requirements; support services; and other useful information.

For information on how to complete the mandatory orientation and assessment and a student education plan select the college you plan to attend:


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