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English placement

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WCC’s online informed self-placement program for English takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. If at any point in the process, you need additional information, you may exit the program and return to it later. There is no time limit or limit on number of times you may access the online program.

Note that Running Start, Veterans, Adult Basic Education have specialized advisors ready to assist in making this determination. International students have a separate placement process. 

How do I prepare for Informed Self Placement?

You will be asked to reflect on your past academic performance as part of the larger picture of your personal readiness, so you may wish to have access to your high school grade point average (GPA), SAT or AP scores.

Are you ready?

Students ready to complete ISP for English have...

  1. Applied to Whatcom Community College and received a student identification number (SID), which usually takes 1-2 business days.
  2. Accessed MyWCC, usually within 1-2 business days of receiving SID.

Please note: One $25 fee for placement (math and/or English) will be applied to tuition/fees in the quarter the first placement occurs.  To request a fee waiver, please see an advisor for eligibility requirements. 

I'm ready!

Log-in to the Informed Self-Placement for English assessment

Student username: Student ID (SID)
Default password: 1st eight letters of last name (lowercase)
Note: If less than eight, repeat up to eight.  Example: Smith = smithsmi, Doe = doedoedo

I completed the English placement process!  What do I do now? 

Once you’ve completed the process, English placement scores will be entered into the student system within 48 hours to allow online registration.  Running StartVeteransAdult Basic Education, and International students work with advisors to register for classes.