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RLC Placement Guidelines - Which RLC 110 class is best for you?

  1. If you have studied English primarily as a second language, consider a BILINGUAL SECTION OF RLC 110.

    Students in Bilingual sections appreciate the extra attention given to learning the conventions of English grammar and revising and editing their own writing. Although they have studied English in school, these students have often grown up speaking a language other than English at home. They have scored below 550 on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and below 4.5 on the TWE (Test of Written English). Bilingual sections have about 15 students in them and meet for 6 rather than 3 hours a week in order to help students build up their reading and writing skills and increase their confidence with the English language.

  2. If you struggle with the writing process and lack experience and confidence as a writer or reader, consider enrolling in an INTENSIVE WRITING WORKSHOP.

    Students in these sections appreciate the atmosphere of a writing workshop in which they spend extra time in class actually drafting their writing assignments and getting feedback from one another and from their instructor. Does one of these statements sound like something you would say?

    "I hate to write; I wrote nothing in high school but book reports."

    "I'm very fluent, but don't ask me to use correct grammar!"

    "I get so blocked when I try to write I procrastinate for days or weeks."

    "If I could talk my assignments instead of writing them, I'd be all set."

    Thus, students in these sections have difficulty writing, just don't like to write, and/or tend to have SAT verbal scores of 400 or lower. Designed to help students gain the skills needed for success in college, intensive workshops of about 15 students meet for 4 hours a week.
  3. If you, like a large number of our students, are a competent and confident reader and writer and a B or C student in high school English, register for a REGULAR RLC 110 CLASS.

    Students in these classes appreciate the introduction to college-level thinking, reading, and writing about interesting topics. The strong emphasis on the writing process and peer review focuses attention on the individual student, even though the classes are larger than the other types of RLC classes. All assignments are designed to build reading and writing skills in a logical sequence. At this level, students can choose from a regular section or a FIG-related regular section; see the Bulletin for more details on FIG courses. These sections have from 22-24 students in them and meet for 3 hours a week.

  4. If you were an honors English student in high school with grades of As and Bs, and your verbal SAT score over 550, consider taking RON 182 (honors section of RLC 110).

    Students in honors sections appreciate the seminar style, small class size, and lively discussions with other students who are strong readers and writers. It is often easier for stronger students to excel in honors sections. Honors students have usually had a lot of writing experience in high school. Honors sections have about 15 students in them and meet for 3 hours a week.

  5. Only students with over 650 on the verbal SAT or a 4 on the Advanced Placement English composition exam are waived from RLC 110. (Over 700 on the verbal SAT or a 5 on the AP exam is required for a waiver from RLC 111.)

    If you place out of RLC 110, take honors 111 in the second semester. Or consider taking an honors 110 class because college reading and writing expectations are so different from those in high school. If you place out of both RLC 110 and 111, we highly recommend that you take an advanced writing course, such as RLC 210W, RLC 215, RLC 316W or ENG 140.