FAQs  for New Prep Options

1. I have heard from others that I may not have to do any placement testing or take any preparatory classes. Is this true? Who is eligible?
2. Who is NOT eligible?
3. I’ve already completed ENC 1101 and/or MAT 1033—does this apply to me?
4. I’m currently taking ENC 1101 and/or MAT 1033—does this apply to me?
5. What do the changes mean for students who meet the eligibility criteria?
6. Why should I still consider taking the college placement test even though it is not required?
7. Why should I still consider taking the preparatory classes that I tested into, even though they are not required?
8. What if I decide to skip the preparatory classes at first, but then change my mind?
9. What if I decide to take the preparatory classes, but later decide to skip the remainder and go straight to the college level courses?
10. I was told I met the requirements of exemption, so why is the system not letting me register for college level courses?

1. I have heard from others that I may not have to do any placement testing or take any preparatory classes. Is this true? Who is eligible?
• Students that started a Florida Public High School during the 2003/2004 academic year or later, who also graduated with a Standard High School diploma from a Florida Public High School.
• Active Duty Military students who were active duty when they started at HCC and currently still active duty.

2. Who is NOT eligible?
• Students who do not meet the above criteria
• Students who entered 9th grade in a Florida Public High School prior to 2003/2004 academic year
• Students who didn’t attend a Florida Public High School
• Students who earned a high school equivalency diploma or GED
• Students who didn’t earn a Standard High School diploma from a Florida Public High School
• Home Education students
• Private high school students
• Prospective dual enrollment students

3. I’ve already completed ENC 1101 and/or MAT 1033—does this apply to me?  No.

4. I’m currently taking ENC 1101 and/or MAT 1033—does this apply to me?  No.

5. What do the changes mean for students who meet the eligibility criteria?
• The state considers students who are eligible as being “college ready”.
• Eligible students are considered exempt from being required to take the college placement testing to get started.  They are also exempt from having to complete any college preparatory classes if they do decide to take the placement test.

6. Why should I still consider taking the college placement test, even though it is not required?
• The placement test gives you and an advisor a good indicator of where your skill level is with Reading, Writing, and Math.  If you do not test at “college level” in any of the areas, then this is an indication that you may need a little extra work in that area.  An advisor can help you make decisions as to the best course of action to make sure you are successful in your college classes.
• There is no harm in testing since you are not required to start where you tested.

7. Why should I still consider taking the preparatory classes that I tested into, even though they are not required?
• The college preparatory classes are there for your benefit to improve skills in particular subject areas before taking the college level courses that count towards your degree.  This is important because your college record follows you and failing grades and withdrawals from classes can affect your Financial Aid and acceptance into certain programs and universities.  You do not want to end up in a situation where you are wasting time and money on classes that you are not able to pass due to a lack of skills.  An advisor can help you make decision as to the best course of action to be successful in your college classes.
• After you take the same course twice, you will be charged out of state cost for the 3rd attempt at the course.  Many times Financial Aid will not cover this course and you will have to pay the higher cost out of pocket.  The 3rd attempt would be the last time allowed at HCC.  By taking the preparatory classes and building your skills, you could avoid this from happening.

8. What if I decide to skip the preparatory classes at first, but then change my mind?
• It is not too late to back up and take prep courses later, if you find yourself struggling in the college level courses.  Please see an advisor and we will help you figure out the best option to be successful.

9. What if I decide to take the preparatory classes, but later decide to skip the remainder and go straight to the college level courses?
• Technically, this would be an option.  Since you are exempt from the prep courses, this means they are not mandatory.  However, skipping them may not be recommended. If you take the prep courses, but decide you want to take college level classes before finishing the prep sequence, then you will need to see an advisor to discuss your options and make a decision that is best for your success.

10. I was told I met the requirements of exemption, so why is the system not letting me register for college level courses?
• Advisors have to enter a “permission” in the system that will allow you to register online for the college level classes.  Please see an advisor for assistance with this.