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    Irvine Valley College
   
 
  Sep 19, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog: August 2017 Edition

Admission, Registration and Fees


  • Registration Times  
    • Registration Times, Appeal Process, Registration Open Enrollment Policy,  MySite, Maintaining Student Contact Information
  • Prerequisites  
    • Definitions, How to Demonstrate That You Have Met a Prerequisite, Auditing Classes, Adding Classes, Attendance, Waitlists, Student Photo ID, Dropping Classes, Repeating Courses, Reenrolling 
  • Tuition and Fee Information  
    • Enrollment Fee, Instructional Materials Fee, Health Fee, Associated Student Body (ASB) Activity Sticker, Transcript or Enrollment Verification Fee, Returned Check Fee, Parking Fee, Nonresident Student Fees, Refunds

Assessment and Placement: Mathematics, Writing & ESL Classes

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions and Records, 949-451-5220, or Counseling Center, 949-451-5319.

The scores from assessment instruments, in combination with grades earned in high school for specific courses and unweighted cumulative high school grade point average, are used for placement in math, English, and ESL courses.

These assessments are free. Students cannot fail the assessments. However, placing in a lower level class will increase the number of semesters of math and/or English students will need to complete prior to graduating and transferring. To take an assessment, students must present an official government photo identification card (California driver license, California Identification Card or school ID) to take the assessment. (A picture of your ID on your phone is not sufficient.) Students may sign up to take their assessment at admissions.ivc.edu

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MATHEMATICS

Students are strongly encouraged to review the material from their last math course before taking the math assessment. Students are strongly encouraged to review the sample questions, which can be found at admissions.ivc.edu or in online tutorials available in their MySite account.

WRITING OR ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)

The writing assessment (CTEP) consists of three parts: reading comprehension, sentence structure and grammar, and sentence and syntax skills. Students are strongly encouraged to review the sample questions, which can be found at admissions.ivc.edu.

Students whose first language is not English are strongly advised to take the ESL Assessment. This assessment is specifically designed to measure reading/writing and listening/speaking English skills.

REASSESSMENT POLICY

English or English as a Second Language (ESL) assessment exam: Students are allowed to reassess for English or ESL once during the calendar year. The reassessment must be a minimum of two weeks after the initial assessment. Students may also complete one writing sample once every six months to challenge their results. 

Math assessment: Students may reassess once every term. The reassessment must be a minimum of two weeks after the initial assessment. 

ASSESSMENT AND PLACEMENT IN WRITING CLASSES

There are two writing assessments: one for speakers proficient in English who are interested in taking college-level writing courses and one for non-native speakers. Students will be directed to the appropriate assessment prior to their assessment appointment. For students who are unsure, faculty in ESL and English as well as the matriculation staff can assist in determining which assessment they should take.

Students who have been recommended for assessment in writing should take the College Tests for English Placement (CTEP), during a regularly scheduled assessment session.

Taking the writing assessment (CTEP):

  • Your score on the writing assessment (CTEP) will be used to determine the first writing course you will take at Irvine Valley College. You will receive a recommended class placement based on the results of your writing assessment. High school transcripts can be submitted as a multiple measure for placement consideration once the assessment has been completed.
  • Prepare for the exam by reviewing sample questions, available at admissions.ivc.edu.
  • Students are allowed to reassess for English or ESL once during the calendar year. The reassessment must be a minimum of two weeks after the initial assessment. 
  • If you receive a recommended placement and want to challenge your score, you may complete the Writing Sample once every six months.

Students who have completed either (a) a college writing course at another accredited US college or university with a grade of “C” or better and have transcripts or (b) the CTEP (College Tests for English Placement) may not have to complete the entire assessment at Irvine Valley College. However, they will have to present substantiating documents- transcripts from other colleges or CTEP raw scores-to the Office of Admissions and Records (SSC 110) as soon as possible before they register online so that their eligibility can be verified and they can be cleared for registration. Otherwise, they will be blocked from enrolling in writing courses. IVC does not accept assessment placements from other colleges. IVC does accept CTEP raw scores for placement consideration.

At Irvine Valley College, all college-level writing classes have prerequisites. Students’ eligibility will be verified during registration, and only eligible students will be allowed to enroll.

Writing 399

Writing 399 is a one-semester accelerated course that is equivalent to WR 201 and ESL 201. Writing 399 has a corequisite of Writing 380. Successful completion allows students to enroll in WR 1. Students are eligible to enroll in Writing 399 only if they:

  1. Have received a recommended placement into Writing 399 based on Irvine Valley College’s assessment process; or
  2. Have submitted CTEP raw scores to the Office of Admissions and Records.

Writing 201

Writing 201 is a preparatory-level writing course prior to the first college-level writing course. Writing 201 has a corequisite  of Writing 280, the Writing Conference. Students are eligible to enroll in Writing 201 only if they

  1. Have received a recommended placement into Writing 201 based on Irvine Valley College’s assessment process; or
  2. *Have submitted CTEP raw scores to the Office of Admissions and Records.

Writing 1

Writing 1 is the first college-level course in composition. Students are eligible to enroll only if they

  1. Have passed Writing 201 or ESL 201 with a grade of “A,” “B,” “C,” or “P”; or 
  2. *Have passed the equivalent of Writing 201 at another college or university with a grade of “A,” “B,” “C,” or “P”; or
  3. Have received a recommended placement into Writing 1 based on Irvine Valley College’s assessment process; or
  4. *Have submitted CTEP raw scores to the Office of Admissions and Records.
  5. IVC will be piloting another accelerated option. Students who place into WR 201 will be permitted to enroll in WR 1 with enrollment in the mandatory corequisite of WR 302.

Writing 2

Writing 2 is the second semester writing course at the college. Students are eligible to enroll in Writing 2 only if they

  1. Have passed Writing 1 with a grade of “A,” “B,” “C,” or “P”; or 
  2. *Have passed the equivalent of Writing 1 at another college or university with a grade of “A,” “B,” “C,” or “P.”

Assessment and Placement in Mathematics Classes

Students who have been recommended for assessment at IVC should take the college’s mathematics assessment during a regularly scheduled assessment session. Students may not have to complete the entire assessment session at Irvine Valley College if they have:

  1. *Documentation confirming that they achieved Calculus or Statistics AP exam scores of 3, 4, or 5 or
  2. *Transcripts verifying that they completed a college mathematics course at an another accredited US college or university with a grade of “C” or better.

In order to qualify for an exemption based on (1) or (2) above, students will have to present transcripts to the Office of Admissions and Records (SSC 110) as soon as possible before they register online, so that their eligibility can be verified and they can be cleared for registration. Otherwise, they will be blocked from enrolling in mathematics courses. Students without qualifying AP scores or transcripts demonstrating that they have successfully completed a college math course must take the mathematics assessment in order to enroll in a math course at IVC. For more information, call 949-451-5315 or email ivcam@ivc.edu.

*Students must present transcripts or CTEP raw scores from other colleges or universities to the Office of Admissions and Records (Student Services Center, Room 110) before they attempt to register so that their eligibility can be verified and they can be cleared for registration. Otherwise, they will be blocked from enrolling.

Taking the Math Assessment

Your score in the Math Assessment will be used to determine the first math course you will take at Irvine Valley College. Review the material of your last math course before taking the assessment to make sure you are placed at the correct level. Review materials can be found under “Math Assessment” on the Math Department website: academics.ivc.edu/mcse/math. High school transcripts can be submitted as a multiple measure for placement consideration once the assessment has been completed.

Assessment and Placement in ESL Classes

Non-native speakers attending IVC for the first time should take an ESL assessment before enrolling. A specially designed diagnostic test and writing sample are used to determine the reading/writing and listening/speaking skills of ESL students. After completing the assessment, students will receive class placement recommendations. All students are urged to follow these recommendations. Coursework or ESL placements from any other institution are not accepted for placement purposes. Students are allowed to reassess for ESL once during the calendar year. The reassessment must be a minimum of two weeks after the initial assessment. Students may also complete a writing sample once every six months to challenge their results. Students may call 949-451-5315 or email ivcam@ivc.edu for more information.

Location and Contacts

Assessment Services is located in the Office of Admissions and Records, SSC 110. Assessments take place in the assessment center, located in room SSC 240 of the Student Services Center. Students may contact Assessment Services by calling 949-451-5315.

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions and Records, 949-451-5220, or Counseling Center, 949-451-5251.

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