Placement and Prerequisites
Changes to testing servicesThere will be no on-campus proctoring through the Testing Center until further notice.
If registering for next quarter, please check the Placement & Prerequisite page to see if assessment testing is needed. A remote option for the ALEKS math assessment is now available. For English placement, please see the Directed Self-Placement page.
Placement is a process of assessing your knowledge and abilities to ensure you are successful in Shoreline classes. Assessment can include reviewing your past course work (transcripts) or previous assessment test scores, taking a placement exam, or even evaluating skills gained through your work history. Many classes require your assessment level be on file before you can register for them.
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. Bring proof of all the relevant option/s below and meet with an advisor. Your advisor will use your placement results to determine the best courses for your next quarter. Please contact an advisor to get started.
If you have credits from a Washington State Community or Technical College, you can use course equivalencies* for placement and to meet prerequisites.
If you went to another college, you can use your transcript* for placement and to meet prerequisites.
* For math placement, courses need to have been successfully completed within the last two years.
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.
Scores on your Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) tests may be used to fulfill prerequisites or as college credit towards your degree.
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.
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.
To be eligible for Running Start, you need placement into English 101, using either:
- High school GPA (2.5 or higher)
- Scores from the Smarter Balanced Assessment
- AP or IB exam scores
- SAT or ACT scores
- English 101 placement from another community or technical college in Washington state
Running Start applicants are not eligible to determine placement using Directed Self-Placement. Contact the Running Start office in Room 5229 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.