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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT?
A. The purpose of the assessment requirement is for students to establish placement levels and course eligibility to make your college experience more successful. With a profile of your present skills, counselors can recommend courses where, with effort, academic achievement is likely. They also can suggest programs that will help you meet your vocational and educational goals.

Q. WHO NEEDS TO MEET THE ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT?
A. You do! All students who attend Butte College are required to have basic skill placement levels on file prior to enrolling in classes. These levels are established by completing Butte College courses in reading, English and math, or by completing the Basic Skills Assessment (BSA), unless exempt (see below for "What does it take to be exempt?").

Q. WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE EXEMPT FROM TAKING THE BSA?
A. To be considered exempt from the BSA, you will need to provide the necessary paperwork (click on the link below) to the Assessment Office for evaluation and clearance.

Click on exemptions to find out more information on required documentation.

Q. WHEN DOES THE ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT NEED TO BE MET?
A. The assessment requirement, either completion of the BSA or evaluation of documents, needs to be satisfied before your new student orientation appointment or before your registration appointment.

Q. HOW DO I GET FEEDBACK ON MY PLACEMENT LEVELS, COURSE ELIGIBILITY, OR HOW I DID ON THE BSA?
A.

  • You can either call or come to the Assessment Office and we will provide an explanation of your placements. During new student orientation activities, information related to placement and course selection will be presented. You will receive a computer printout with details on how you did on the BSA, as well as, your course placements.
  • If you have a MyBC Portal account, you can access your results online.
  • A Butte College counselor also can provide you with an understanding of your course eligibility and placement levels.
  • To assist in your interpretation of your reading, English and math placement levels, review Understanding Your Results on this website.

Q. HOW DOES MY PLACEMENT INFORMATION RELATE TO MY SELECTION OF CLASSES?
A. Most courses offered through Butte College have some type of prerequisite or recommended preparation. These are used to establish a student's readiness for the content to be covered within a course. Prerequisites and "Recommended Prep" include previously completed college coursework or achievement of a specified skill level established from an assessment test. Students are restricted in their enrollment for classes that require "course eligibility." Recommended Prep is advisory.

Q. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE COURSE ELIGIBILITY?
A. Students who want to enroll into reading, English or math classes will need qualifying eligibility from the necessary assessment unless the appropriate prerequisite class has been completed prior to registering for these classes. Prerequisite classes must be completed in college with grades of "C" or better; these are listed with the course descriptions in the college catalog. Test scores that are used for the purpose of enrolling in these courses must be within five (5) years, otherwise the necessary assessment will need to be completed. If you are unsure of your course eligibility, check with the Assessment Office prior to registering for your classes.

Q. ARE ACCOMMODATIONS PROVIDED TO STUDENTS NEEDING THE ASSESSMENT WHO HAVE SPECIAL TESTING NEEDS?
A. Yes, there are two groups of students for which testing accommodations are provided:

1) Students who have learning or physical disabilities (contact the office of Disabled Student Services and Programs (DSPS) for more information - 895-2455).

2) Students for whom English is not their primary language and were not in English-only speaking classes during their elementary school years.

Testing done with accommodations may be provided on the main campus in a small group setting.

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