Developmental education prepares students for college-level reading, writing, math and English language classes. Full-and part-time students take a placement test before registering for developmental classes.

Classes are offered in a traditional classroom, online or hybrid class that combines the two formats. Developmental courses are fee-based credit courses that appear on your transcript. However, they do not count toward your GPA and degree or certificate requirements. We use a mastery-based learning system to ensure our students are successful.


Some developmental classes have students take a pre-test during their first class. This is to make sure students are placed correctly and does not count toward your grade. The pre-test results are compared with final exam grades to evaluate the course.

Developmental Education Courses

You may not need to take the placement test for English composition courses if you have completed college-level English courses with a “C” or higher, or received an ACT score of 20 or above in both English and reading.

Students placed into Reading-041, Reading-071 or Reading-091 must enroll in that course during their first semester and continue until Reading-091 is complete.

Students can test out of any of the seven levels or our developmental math courses. You can advance to the next class with an appropriate test score and teacher recommendation.

Three levels of speech, grammar and writing are designed for non-native English speakers. District residents and international students may enroll. Potential students can contact the Multicultural Student Affairs Office in Room S201 or by phone at (708) 974-5475. The placement-ESL test is required for placement in the Intensive English Language Program.