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Self-Guided Placement for College-Level Math and English

Are you ready for college-level Math and English?

OCC will allow students to use self-guided placement to register for college-level Math and English starting in the fall 2021 semester. Accuplacer or other test scores will not be required to register.

Please review the information below that describes OCC’s college-level Math and English courses. Should you have questions, please contact OCC’s Advising Department at advisingoffice@ocean.edu or 732 255 0300.

Guided Self Placement for English

At Ocean County College, we are committed to providing you with every opportunity to succeed in achieving your goals now and in your future career setting. We have designed our English courses to help you develop important skills such as critical thinking and effective communication. While your first college English class should be challenging, it should also meet you where you currently are with your reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. As a result, selecting the best class for yourself is very important.

*If your overall high school GPA is equal to or greater than 2.5 (75% or C+), or you have a GED, you should consider enrolling in ENGL 151.

ENGL 151 is a college-level writing course where students compose and revise expository writings. Through a series of primarily text-based writing assignments, the course reinforces and stresses the further development of critical reading and thinking, ethical reasoning, the writing process, and information literacy.

Students will compose and revise essays totaling 3,500 words, minimum. The course reinforces and stresses the further development of critical reading and thinking, ethical reasoning, the writing process, and information literacy.

ENGL 098 is designed to support students in ENGL 151, the college-level writing course. The ENGL 098 class will meet for 50 minutes once per week after ENGL 151. In this class, you will learn skills and techniques that will help you complete ENGL I assignments with more clarity and support. ENGL 098 is taken in the same semester as English I instead of taking a developmental course prior to enrolling in English I.

Students will review proper usage of word processing and the Internet, locate viable electronic sources, and compose and edit at least 1,000 words or written essay work.

If your overall high school GPA is below a 2.5 (below 75% or C+), you should consider enrolling in ENGL 151/ENGL 098. Students are encouraged to utilize Writing Services for additional help and guidance with reading and writing.

An alternative to enrolling in ENGL151/098 is to enroll in ENGL 151 and commit to utilizing Writing Services for additional help and guidance with your reading and writing.

Students who have an overall high school GPA equal to or greater than 2.5 (75% or C+), or who have a GED, should consider enrolling in ENGL 151. Students who feel confident in their reading and writing skills developed through life and/or professional experiences should also consider enrolling in ENGL 151.

Students who have an overall high school GPA is below a 2.5 (below 75% or C+), should consider enrolling in ENGL 151/ENGL 098. Students who do not feel confident in their reading and writing skills and would like additional support and resources should also consider enrolling in ENGL 151/ENGL 098.

Math: For Students Who Plan To Take Pre-Calculus

(STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, or Business)

MATH 023, Algebra Basics, is a developmental course. This means this course is not college-level, and will not count toward degree requirements or graduation credits. Students take MATH 023 if they require more instructions in basic algebra to be able to be successful in College Algebra.

MATH 165, College Algebra, is for students intending to take Pre-calculus who need to strengthen their algebra skills. MATH 165 is a college-level course and is the pre-requisite to Pre-calculus for students who do not place directly into Pre-Calculus or higher.

Students intending to take Pre-calculus or Calculus, who believe they are proficient in algebra, should have their high school transcript sent to OCC for evaluation. Students can email registrar@ocean.edu to request an evaluation of their high school transcript to see if they can place into MATH 191: Pre-Calculus I, MATH 192: Pre-Calculus II, or MATH 265: Calculus.

Students also have the option of taking the Advanced Algebra and Functions Placement Test to see if they can place directly into Pre-calculus or Calculus. This test can be scheduled online at go.ocean.edu/test

Math: For Students Who Do Not Plan To Take Pre-Calculus

(Humanities, Social Sciences, Nursing)

MATH 151 (Survey of Math) is a great course for students in the humanities, such as English, History and Philosophy, as well as some Education majors.

This course is a study of some of the fundamental concepts in mathematics. Topics include sets, probability, logic systems of numeration, groups, and mathematical systems. Applications of these topics in various fields of study are included in the course.

MATH 156 (Statistics) is usually taken by students in the social sciences, such as Psychology and Sociology, and is the preferred math course for Pre-Nursing majors. Many business majors also take statistics in addition to pre-calculus/calculus.

This course is oriented towards all fields in which statistics find applications. Topics include: summarizing data, probability, normal and binomial distributions, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, and correlation.

MATH 158 (Algebraic Modeling) can be taken by students who enjoy algebra but do not intend to pursue pre-calculus.

This course is designed for students in a variety of fields for which a conceptual understanding of college algebra topics is appropriate. Continuous and discrete functions will be studied from graphical, numerical, verbal, and algebraic perspectives with applications to diverse disciplines. Topics will include linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic absolute value, radical, and rational functions and their application. This course will NOT satisfy the prerequisite for Precalculus courses.

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