Frequently Asked Questions
What is the College Basic Skills Test in Writing and Reading?
Middlesex County College requires incoming students to a take placement test in reading comprehension and writing before registering for courses. In no way will your performance on the test affect your admission to the College. However, you should take the exam very seriously and try your best. Your results will determine whether or not you must complete one or even two courses in developmental reading and whether or not you must complete one or two courses in developmental writing before entering ENG 121: English Composition I. You can register for the College Basic Skills Placement Test by calling the Testing Center at 732-906-2508.
Does everyone have to take the College Basic Skills Placement Test?
All entering students must take the test. However, students who have completed at least 12 credits of college level work, including at least one course in English composition, may request an exemption from the placement test. In addition, students who have completed developmental reading and writing courses at other colleges may have their transcripts evaluated by the registrar's office to see if the placement test requirement can be waived.
What courses must I take if I do not pass the Basic Skills Placement Test?
Depending upon your test results on the essay portion of the exam, you might have to take ENG 010S and ENG 010.
Depending upon your test results in reading comprehension, you might have to take RDG 011S and RDG 011
If I do poorly, will I have a chance to re-test?
Yes. All students have the opportunity to challenge their writing placement score one time. Likewise, all students have the opportunity to challenge their reading placement score one time.
Do developmental reading and writing courses carry credit?
No. However, students taking a full load that is wholly or partially made up of developmental courses have full-time status.
What grades must I make in developmental reading and writing to go on to credit courses.
A grade of "C" or better in each required developmental course.
What writing courses are required for graduation?
ENG 121 and ENG 122.
What grade must I make in ENG 121 or ENG 122 to pass the course and to graduate?
A grade of "C" or better is required.