English placement

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Whatcom uses Informed Self-Placement (ISP) for English, an online, interactive program consisting of a series of informative videos and questionnaires designed to help you determine your best starting point in English coursework.  The ISP placement process requires that you reflect on and thoughtfully assess your individual situation to locate the starting point in your English coursework that will provide you with your best chance of success in all courses at WCC.

How do I prepare for Informed Self Placement?

Although no formal test or measure is required of students using ISP for English, you will be asked to reflect on your past academic performance as part of the larger picture of your personal readiness, so having a measurement like high school grade point average (GPA), SAT or AP scores, or even a traditional placement test score (available through the Testing Center) when you complete the ISP process can provide you with valuable information to factor into your decision.

Are you ready?

Students ready to complete ISP for English have . . .

  1. Applied to Whatcom Community College.  Applications are processed within 1-2 business days.
  2. Activated their MyWCC account.  Access to the online ISP for English interactive program requires an active MyWCC account.  
  3. Arranged online access and set aside 20-30 minutes to complete the online informed self-placement program.

Note that Running Start, Veterans, Adult Basic Education have specialized advisors ready to assist in making this determination. See the “How do I place into an English Class?” FAQ (link) for more information. International students have a separate placement process.

I'm ready! 

The 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. 

Complete the Informed Self-Placement for English process
(Log in to MyWCC. Hover over Advising and click on English Placement)

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

Once you view the videos and complete the questionnaires as part of the ISP placement process, you may use your informed decision to select the best English class for your situation. 

Options for your first English course at WCC

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Register for classes

English placement scores will be entered into the student system within 48 hours.  Once your informed self-placement decision is entered, you may register for courses online.  To register sooner, please take your score report to an advisor for a signature override.  

Consult with an advisor at any point in the placement process

If, at any point during the informed-self-placement process, you need additional information or support, do not hesitate to reach out to a WCC advisor for assistance.