Cerro Coso Community College

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College Placement

Assembly Bill (AB) 705 requires community college districts to maximize the probability that a student will enter and complete transfer-level coursework in math and English within a one-year timeframe by utilizing assessment and placement measures that include high school performance to achieve this goal. The goal of AB 705 is to ensure that students are not placed into remedial courses that may delay or deter their educational progress unless evidence suggests they are highly unlikely to succeed in the college-level course. Students should not be forced to take a transfer-level course if a college-level course allows them to complete their educational goal.

AB 705 (signed October 13, 2017) requires colleges to use one or more of the following when placing recent high school graduates into courses in mathematics and English:

  • High school coursework
  • High school GPA
  • High school grades

Cerro Coso Community College has established procedures using the Default Placement Rules recommended through the AB 705 legislation. Students will need to meet with a counselor or advisor to review their placement in math and English. Placement recommendations from counseling will incorporate the student’s program of study and education goal. Placement will specify the specific class and make recommendations in regards to co-requisites courses or other academic supports. If a student has been out of high school for more than ten years, the college will use self-reported data or guided self-placement.

Placement Using High School Transcripts

(within 10 years of high school graduation)

English Default Placement Rules

High School Performance Metric for English Recommended AB 705 Placement for English
HSGPA ≥ 2.6

Transfer-level English Composition

No additional academic or concurrent support required

Placement: ENGL C101
*Can choose to add ENGL C101S

HSGPA 1.9 – 2.6

Transfer-level English Composition

Additional academic and concurrent support recommended

Placement: ENGL C101 & C101S

HSGPA < 1.9

Transfer-level English Composition

Additional academic and concurrent support strongly recommended

Placement: ENGL C101 & C101S
ENGL C070 can also be considered as an option

Math Default Placement Rules

High School Performance Metric for Statistics/Liberal Arts Mathematics Recommended AB 705 Placement for Statistics/Liberal Arts Mathematics
HSGPA ≥ 3.0

Transfer-level Statistics/Liberal Arts Mathematics

No additional academic or concurrent support required

Placement: MATH C121

HSGPA 2.3 – 2.9

Transfer-level Statistics/Liberal Arts Mathematics

Additional academic and concurrent support recommended

Placement: MATH C121

HSGPA < 2.3

Transfer-level Statistics/Liberal Arts Mathematics

Additional academic and concurrent support strongly recommended

Placement: MATH C121

High School Performance Metric for BSTEM Mathematics Recommended AB 705 Placement for BSTEM Mathematics
HSGPA ≥ 3.4
OR
HSGPA ≥ 2.6 AND enrolled in HS Calculus

Transfer-level BSTEM Mathematics

No additional academic or concurrent support required

Placement: MATH C130, C131, C141, C142, C151

HSGPA ≥ 2.6 OR enrolled in HS Precalculus

Transfer-level BSTEM Mathematics

Additional academic and concurrent support recommended

Placement: MATH C130, C131, C141, C142

*MATH C151 requires both MATH C141 & C142 as prerequisites.

HSGPA ≥ 2.6 and no Precalculus

Transfer-level BSTEM Mathematics

Additional academic and concurrent support strongly recommended

Placement: MATH C130, C131, C141, C142
*MATH C151 requires both MATH C141 & C142 as prerequisites.

Please contact the Counseling Department to schedule an appointment to determine your English and math placement.

(760) 384-6219 at Ridgecrest / Indian Wells Valley / Online
(760) 379-5501 at Kern River Valley Lake Isabella
(661) 258-8644 at East Kern Center: Edwards AFB
(661) 823-4986 at East Kern Center: Tehachapi
(760) 872-1565 at ESCC Bishop
(760) 934-2875 at ESCC Mammoth Lakes

More Information on AB 705

Know Your Rights: The AB 705 Initiative and What it Means for Students

Kern Community College District