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Multiple Measures

Are you ready to take college level English, math, or ESOL courses?

What is Alternative Placement (aka Multiple Measures)? Skyline College is able to use Alternative Placement (also known as Multiple Measures) as an assessment measure in addition to (or instead of) the college placement test to place some students into a college level English, math or ESOL course.  A counselor works with a student to determine appropriate placement in courses a student will take their first semester in college.

Skyline College offers two Alternative Placement options:

  • OPTION A - Alternative Placement Test Score: Students who have achieved at or above the required score on an alternative placement test (ie. AP, IB, EPT, etc.) may waive the Skyline College Placement Test and be placed into appropriate English, math, or ESOL courses according to these test results.
  • OPTION B - High School Transcripts: Current high school Senior (grade 12) students or students who have graduated high school within the last two years may use qualifying grades in high school English, math, or ESOL, along with their high school GPA, to place into college level English, math, or ESOL courses. Skyline College counselors will use these results to place students into additional college level classes.

Alternative Placement Eligibility

Only high school Seniors or those who have graduated within the past two years are eligible for Alternative Placement. Current high school Freshmen, Sophomores, or Juniors are not eligible. For placement options for these students, please see Concurrent Enrollment.

Alternative Placement Requirements for English

OPTION A Documentation required: Alternative placement test result from company/agency that administers the test (must include date exam was taken and test score/result).

Test Minimum Acceptable Score for Alternative
Placement into ENGL 100:
International Baccalaureate (IB) Language A1/English HL Exam 5
College Board (SAT) Reading Test 500 on Critical Reading Section
American College Test (ACT) (English section) 22
CAASPP/EAP “standard exceeded”
CSU English Placement Test (EPT) 147

 

College Board AP Test Minimum Acceptable Score for Alternative Placement
into ENGL 110 or ENGL 165:
Advanced Placement English Language & Composition Exam 3
Advanced Placement English Composition & Literature Exam 3

OPTION B Documentation required: Copy of high school transcripts (must include, at minimum, grades earned in junior year of high school English)

Transcript Requirement Acceptable Results for Alternative Placement into ENGL 100
Cumulative high school GPA 2.6 or higher
11th or 12th grade English Grade of “B-“ or higher
AP English Grade of “C” or higher

 

Transcript Requirement Acceptable Results for Alternative Placement into ENGL 105
Cumulative high school GPA 2.0 – 2.5
11th or 12th grade English Grade of “C” or “C+”

Alternative Placement Requirements for Mathematics

OPTION A Documentation required: Alternative placement test result from company/agency that administers the test (must include date exam was taken and test score/result).

Test Minimum Acceptable Score for Alternative Placement
into MATH 130, 200, 201, 241; or BUS 120, 123; or PSYC 171:
International Baccalaureate (IB) MATH HL Exam 4
College Board (SAT) Math Test 550
American College Test (ACT) (Math section) 23
CAASPP/EAP “standard exceeded”
CSU Math Placement Test (ELM) 50

 

College Board AP Test Minimum Acceptable Score for Alternative Placement
into MATH 251, 252, 253, 270:
Advanced Placement CALCULUS AB Exam 3 (for MATH 251) 4 or 5 (for MATH 252)
Advanced Placement CALCULUS BC Exam 3 (for MATH 252) 4 or 5 (for MATH 253 or MATH 270)

OPTION B Documentation required: Copy of high school transcripts (must include, at minimum, grades earned in junior year of high school Math)

Transcript Requirement Acceptable Results for Alternative Placement into MATH
Cumulative high school GPA AND Junior or Senior Math Class 3.2 GPA and grade of "C"

Complete the following steps to apply for Alternative Placement

  1. Apply to Skyline College in order to receive a G number (your college ID number).
  2. Complete Orientation.
  3. Determine if you are eligible for Alternative Placement (Only high school Seniors or those who have graduated within the past two years are eligible).
  4. Determine if your alternative test scores or high school transcripts meet the requirements for Alternative Placement. Your Counselor will also help you with this.
  5. Make a Counseling Appointment by calling (650) 738-4318 or visiting the Counseling Desk in Building 2.
  6. Bring all required documentation to your Counseling Appointment.