Placement and Prerequisites
What is placement?
Placement is a process of assessing your knowledge and abilities to ensure you are successful in Shoreline classes. This assessment can be done in many ways, including reviewing your past course work, relying on a previous exam score, or taking a placement exam.
What are prerequisites?
If a course has "prerequisites," then you need to meet certain requirements to register for that course. You can meet prerequisites by completing courses either here or at Shoreline, or through placement. For a limited set of classes, you will not be able to register until you have met prerequisites. Note that prerequisites need not be completed at Shoreline; courses completed at another college may also be accepted.
Where do I start?
There are many ways to identify your appropriate placement into Shoreline courses. If more than one option applies to you, then use the one you think is most accurate. If you have questions, please contact the relevant department or an advisor for more information.
Already have credits from another college?
Already taken a placement exam at Shoreline or another college?
Compass and ASSET tests are no longer available, but scores from Shoreline or any college can be used for placement up to two years after the test date.
Accuplacer tests are no longer available at Shoreline's testing and assessment center, but Accuplacer scores from Shoreline or any other college can be used for placement up to two years from the test date.
Taken an AP, IB, SAT, ACT, or GED exam?
Shoreline can accept SAT or ACT scores as placement into college-level English and/or math.
If you took the GED within the last two years, you can use your scores for placement.
Are you an International Student on an F-1 visa?
You have several options for demonstrating English Proficiency . Note that the Directed Self-Placement for English is currently not available for international students.
You can also receive placement and/or credit for other subjects based on Advanced Placement (AP) scores.
Currently in high school or graduated in the last five years?
Need a placement assessment?
Need another option?
Not placed into the right math class? Want to brush-up on arithmetic, pre-algebra, and/or algebra topics you have forgotten, but you don’t want to take a five-credit course? Then the two-credit MATH 007 course might just be the class for you.