ENGL-122 prerequisites

FAQs on English 122

Want to know how to get into English 122? Here's what you need to know:

1. Exactly how do I get into English 122?

  • Complete English 116 and English 118 with a "C" or higher
    OR
  • Take the DVC Reading and Writing Assessment and place into English 122


If the assessment process places you in both English 116 and English 118, you will need to pass both of these courses with a "C" or higher before you may enroll in English 122.

2. I think my assessment placement was inaccurate. What can I do?

Your assessment is scored according to standards set by the English faculty, based on years of assessing and placing students into the right courses for their levels of readiness. These standards are recognized nationally and approved by the state for assessing college-level reading and writing skills.

English faculty members constantly review the process and student placements to ensure accurate and fair placement.

Note: The English assessment test may be taken only twice during a student’s entire DVC career.

3. I was told I didn't have to take English 116 or English 118. Now I have heard that I might have to. What should I do?

Unless you take and pass these courses with a "C" or higher, you must go through the assessment process and place into English 122. If the assessment places you in English 122 in BOTH reading and writing, you may enroll in English 122.

If instead the assessment indicates you must complete more developmental (English 116 and English 118) or remedial (English 96 and English 98) work, then follow that recommendation so you can succeed when you do enroll in English 122.

4. The assessment recommended I take English 96 and English 98, but someone told me I can go ahead and enroll in English 116 and English 118. Is that correct?

While anyone may enroll in either English 116 or English 118 without assessing into them, it's NOT a good idea. Always follow the recommendations of the assessment, because you need a stronger foundation to succeed in your English classes.

5. I got an ESL score, but I'm sure my English is good enough for English 116 and English 118. Why should I take more ESL classes if I don't have to?

Go to the Testing Center and take the Combined English Language Skills Assessment (CELSA). Then you will know more fully whether you should enroll in ESL courses first.

Many students who are recommended to ESL classes think they can learn enough in English 116 and English 118 to become sufficiently fluent in English and move into English 122. But most of these students have to repeat the courses because they did not have enough foundation in English.

College-level English is much more demanding than everyday conversation. Even if you can understand a television program or conversations with native speakers, you may not have the skills you need for college-level work in English.

Always follow the recommendations of the assessment.

6. I think I took the equivalent of English 116 and English 118 at another college. What should I do?

You may have taken other, similar courses, and those courses may or may not be equivalent. DVC knows about courses at other colleges and has determined which courses truly are equivalent. Many students are surprised to learn that previous work elsewhere does not match DVC's standards, which are based on standards set by the UC and CSU systems.

If you think you have completed equivalent courses at another college with a grade of "C" or higher and have fulfilled the prerequisites for English 122, bring your transcripts to your counselor or the Admissions Office to find out whether the courses you took are equivalent. If they are equivalent, you will be able to enroll in English 122.

7. I have been through the assessment process at another college. Do those results count?

Yes, those results from another college will be accepted at DVC. You will be placed into the courses equivalent to those you were placed into by the other assessment process.

8. I‘m not certain when I went through the assessment process, but it was probably more than two years ago. How can I find out my results? Do those results still count?

Your counselor will have the results of your assessment and those recommendations will still be in effect. However, you ought to consider going through the assessment process again. The course content and the skills needed to pass English 116, 118, and 122 may have changed in that time.

Your new results will be considered part of the assessment process by your counselor.

9. Can I retake the assessment test in the Testing Center?

Yes, whenever the assessment is being offered. Check with the Testing Center for the current schedule.

Your new results will be considered part of the assessment process by your counselor.

Note: The English assessment test may be taken only twice during a student’s entire DVC career.

10. I have taken English 118 but not English 116. Do I have to take them both before taking English 122?

Yes. The WebAdvisor system will not allow enrollment in English 122 if all prerequisites have not been fulfilled, and your earlier scores are in the system. If the assessment showed you needed both courses, you must complete both with a "C" or higher before you will be able to enroll in English 122.

11. I was recommended to English 116 for reading, but also to English 122 in writing. Do I have to take English 116?

Yes. That recommendation means you placed into English 122 ONLY for writing but to English 116 for reading comprehension. You must complete English 116 with a grade of "C" or higher before enrolling in English 122.

12. But my friends tell me that I can . . .

All the answers on this page are completely accurate and current, no matter what "others" may say. Talk with your counselor or someone in the English Department and get the right information.

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