English & Math Placement

Coastline English & Math Requirements

All students graduating from Coastline with an AA/AS degree are required to demonstrate competency in Math and English. English Competency is demonstrated through completion of ENGLC100, ENGLC135 or equivalent. Math Competency is demonstrated through any of the following:

  • placement into MATHC100 or higher
  • completion of MATHC030 (or equivalent) or higher with a grade of "C" or better
  • completion of two years of high school algebra with a grade of "C" or better

View our course sequence flowcharts that show the progression of Math and English courses. Not all Math and English courses shown are offered with the Military/Corporate Education Program.

Before Enrolling

Course placement is required prior to enrollment in all Math and English classes (except ENGLC099 and MATHC005). Coastline provides you with a variety of placement options for Math and English classes, including alternatives to improve upon prior placement results to help you place into degree-applicable courses and advance you towards your academic goals!

It is recommended that you schedule placement testing, submit proof of placement, or use an alternate placement option prior to the end of your first semester of enrollment and no later than four weeks prior to enrolling in a Math or English course.

The following may be eligible for assessing your placement level and are subject to interpretation by Coastline College:

Multiple Measure Assessment Project (MMAP) - Students who attended a U.S.-accredited high school within the last 10 years, can receive placement into Math and English courses based on the courses completed; their grades in those courses; and the cumulative, un-weighted high school GPA. Some students may be placed directly in transfer-level English and mathematics courses.

  • Unofficial transcripts can be submitted to ContractTranscripts@Coastline.edu for a placement evaluation. Official transcripts will be required prior to graduation if high school coursework is used to meet Math Competency.
  • Official transcripts - transcripts submitted after January 2, 2018 are automatically evaluated for placement. To request placement evaluation of a transcript submitted prior to January 2, 2018, please email ContractTranscripts@Coastline.edu.

Advanced Placement (AP) scores - A minimum score of "3" or above on AP Calculus, AP English Literature or AP English Language and Composition.

International Baccalaureate (IB) scores - A minimum score of "5" or above on Mathematics HL.

Students who have successfully* completed an English or math course class at a regionally-accredited institution may submit transcripts for evaluation. Coastline will determine if prior coursework is equivalent to a Coastline course, whether it satisfies course prerequisites and if the prior coursework meets the requirements for graduation.

Unofficial transcripts can be submitted for placement, but official transcripts will be required at the time an Official Degree Plan is requested. If you are waiting for your official degree plan to be completed and need placement now, please contact our office.

*Note - "W" notations and "C-" grades are not accepted for placement purposes.

College Placement Test - Students who have taken a placement test at another regionally accredited institution within the last two years should submit documentation of test results to our office. The documentation must include the course for which the student is eligible to register and will be subject to review by Coastline.

Non-traditional Credits (for math placement only)- Students can submit results from any of the following test programs:

NOTE: This option does not satisfy the requirements for graduation. Students who self-place into a Math course are required to succesfully complete MATHC030 or higher to meet the Coastline Math competency requirement for an AA/AS.

Students may bypass developmental-level prerequisites, without taking a placement examination, and place themselves into Math and English.
Students enrolling under this open placement model may wish to receive guidance to maximize their likelihood of succeeding in college-level (non-developmental) classes in the shortest time possible. Thus, we recommend that students seek a counselor’s or advisor’s input if they have previously been placed into a lower-level Math or English course (using a Placement instrument, high school transcripts or other option outlined on our website), but wish to self-place into a high level course.


English Guided Self-Placement Form
Math Guided Self-Placement Form

Students may petition to challenge a prerequisite. Please contact our office for further information.

If you are challenging English because you have previously completed an English course, you must submit a course syllabus and be aware of minimum course requirements.

Credit by Exam - Students may request Credit by Exam for ENGLC099 only. Students can request this form from the Admissions & Records office.


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