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 preparation include previously completed coursework or achievement of a specified skill level established from an assessment test.
1. Submit the Placement and Prerequisite Evaluation Form (PDF) if you are:
Students will not be permitted to enroll in reading, English, math or any course requiring prerequisite clearance until an evaluation is complete. An approved clearance does not guarantee a space in any course. ALLOW UP TO ONE WEEK FOR EVALUATION.
2. After completing the form please submit it to the Assessment Office:
Main Campus Location (click here for a campus map)
Student & Administrative Services (SAS) Building
1st floor, Assessment Office (Room 110)
3536 Butte Campus Dr.
Oroville, CA 95965
**The Butte College Chico Center (2320 Forest Ave.) may fax your
completed documents to the Assessment Office.
Be sure to include your phone number and Butte College student I.D. number. Call our office to ensure your materials were received and to determine whether you have been cleared from Assessment in the computer prior to attending orientation/registration.
Unofficial transcripts and grade reports are acceptable for establishing placement.
If you have already had official transcripts sent to the College, you'll need to complete the Placement and Prerequisite Evaluation form to initiate an evaluation of your transcripts for placement purposes or to meet a prerequisite.
Some courses require a 'corequisite' that is, concurrent enrollment in an additional specified course(s). This means all of the indicated courses need to be taken during the same term.
Most courses have specified basic skill placement levels as "recommended preparation." These levels are listed in the college catalog with the course descriptions and are shown as Recommended Prep. The faculty have established recommended placement levels for their courses to inform students of the basic skills (i.e., reading, writing and math skills) needed to perform satisfactorily, that is, receive at least a 'C' grade. The placement levels for most courses are: Reading IV, English III. Some courses have higher or lower levels and certain courses have math levels as recommended preparation. Levels are established by performance on the Basic Skills Assessment or completion of college reading, English, and/or math courses. Recommended preparation is advisory.
For information on how to challenge a prerequisite for a reading, English or math class, contact the Assessment Office (530.895.2511). Student challenges to their course eligibility in reading, English, and math classes, that have been established through assessment testing, may also be pursued through the Counseling Office. Students also may challenge other types of prerequisites or a corequisite for a course. The student will bear the initial burden of showing that grounds exist for the challenge. The challenge should be directed to the department which offers the course.
The following is a list of the grounds under which a challenge may be pursued: