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English Informed Course Selection

We understand choosing a class that’s right for you may seem challenging. To help you make an informed choice, we have provided information about the first semester core courses, a flowchart and the English Informed Course Selection (ICS) tool to assist you through this process. 
We hope this is helpful to you, and look forward to seeing you in English class!

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Review the Core Courses


  • 4 units
  • Transferable
  • Letter Grade Only
  • Required for AA/AS Degrees

English 1 is a transferable, college-level English course. Students develop advanced reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.


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  • 4 units • Non-Transferable
  • Pass/No Pass
  • Not Required for AA/AS Degrees

English 102 is an accelerated college preparatory English class designed for students to move, in one semester, into English 1, and includes in-class time to practice college-level reading and writing.

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  • 4 units • Non-Transferable
  • Pass/No Pass
  • Not Required for AA/AS Degrees

English 101A is a slower-paced college preparatory English class, which includes in-class time to practice college-level reading and writing. Students who take 101A, may move into 102 the following semester, or jump ahead into English 1.

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English 101A and 102 are not prerequisites to taking English 1. They are college-preparatory courses to help students who choose them to be more successful or feel more prepared when taking English 1.

If a student does not pass English 101A or English 102, he or she may still move into English 1, but should discuss with his/her English instructor or counselor the most beneficial option. Retaking a college-preparatory class may sometimes be more productive than jumping into a higher-level English class. However, some students may feel ready for English 1 after completing only 101A, or after taking, but not successfully passing 102.

For all English classes, for every hour in class, students should expect to spend at least 2-3 hours outside of class in preparation, depending on the material and individual student needs.


Review the Flowchart

The flowchart shows the different paths and order you can take the English courses.



Use the English ICS Tool

The English Informed Course Selection (ICS) Tool can be found in CLASS-Web and is used by students to find the appropriate first semester English course and pathway.

How to Use the English ICS Tool