English Remedial Learning Module
English Remedial Requirement: Becoming College Ready
Students must become college-ready in English before completing 30 hours at MSU Denver. Being college ready means being eligible to enroll in ENG 1010 or ENG 1008. Students must complete, first, ENG 1010 or both ENG 1008 and ENG 1009. ENG 1008 is offered only during Fall semester, and ENG 1009 is offered only during Spring semester. Once ENG 1010 or ENG 1009 is complete, then students complete ENG 1020 as a requirement for graduation from MSU Denver. For many majors completing the requirement is a prerequisite for course work in the major. Consequently, students must complete both ENG 1010 OR ENG 1008/1009 within their first 30 hours at MSU Denver and ENG 1020 within their first 60 hours. Currently, So it is very important that you become college-ready in English as quickly as possible to avoid delays in your degree program.
Why do some students have a remedial English hold?
In order to succeed in college-level writing courses, students need adequate preparation. Test scores are the most common way to show this preparation, and the University accepts ACT, SAT, or Accuplacer scores as demonstrating readiness for ENG 1010 or ENG 1008. Remedial course work from a community college can also be used to prepare for college-level English composition courses. If you have the remedial English hold, it means that you don't have an adequate test score or the appropriate community college remedial courses.
How can students become eligible for ENG 1010 or ENG 1008?
- Enter MSU Denver with an ACT English score of 18 or higher
- Enter MSU Denver with an SAT Reading score of 440 or higher
- Take the Accuplacer test, which can be taken at the MSU Denver Assessment and Testing Center
- Achieve a 95 score or higher on the Sentence Skills exam (eligible for ENG 1010)
- Achieve a score of 80-94 on the Sentence Skills exam and a passing score on the English Secondary Essay Assessment (ESEA)(eligible for ENG 1008)
- If you receive a lower score lower than 80 on the Accuplacer, then you must take, depending on the score, remedial courses (Basic Skills courses) at a community college.
- MSU Denver students can register through ConnectU for CCD Basic Skills courses (see document called Choosing Courses based on your Assessment Scores)
Which course do I register for?
|Score on Sentence Skills Exam||Course|
|80-94 and passing score on ESEA||ENG 1008|
|95 - Above||ENG 1010|
How do I find my placement exam score?
If you have already taken the placement exam, but you do not remember what score you received or what basic skills class you need to complete, there are several ways you can find your score:
- Look up the score in ConnectU:
- Login to ConnectU
- Click on My Services/Registration Tab
- Click on My Services / Registration link
- Click Orientation and Assessment Testing Menu link
- Click the Get Your Test Results link
- Refer to the results sheet you were given, with your exam score and which course you should take (if you still have it, of course)
- Contact the Assessment and Testing Center
How do I register for ENG 1008/1009?
- Contact the English Department, King Center 402 or 303-556-3211
- After talking with a faculty advisor in the department to determine whether the course is appropriate, you will sign an agreement so that you are clear that both 1008 and 1009 are required
How do I register for Basic Skills classes?
Although you may take any of the Basic Skills courses at any community college, most students choose to take them at Community College of Denver (CCD) because you can register for them as a MSU Denver student. This is generally easier, as you will be using the same registration system, ConnectU, to register for all your classes. You also would not need to apply for admissions to the community college. And for students receiving financial aid, enrolling in Basic Skills classes as a MSU Denver student generally allows these classes to count toward your financial aid hours, except for any course at the 030 level--see more information on Financial Aid issues for 030 courss and our recommended options.. Also see information about financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress for important limitations for.) To enroll in CCD Basic Skills classes in Math, follow the directions below.
Registering for the Basic Skills English Course
- In the Subject box, select CCD English (not just English--alphabetized with the Cs)
- In the Course Number box, type the course number you need to add (030, 060, 090).
- It isn't required to add the course number, but because there tend to be many sections of these courses, it will make it easier to find the right sections for you
- Click the Class Search button
- Once you find an open section that works for you, check the box
- Click the Register button
- Make sure you look to make sure there are no errors and that you registered for the time and day you intended
I can see the time and day for my class, but not the location.
Because room locations are determined by CCD well after the times and days are determined, we sometimes have a difficult time maintaining accurate room locations for these courses within ConnectU. If the room location isn't showing up on your schedule, to find the location of these classes, here is what you can do:
- Stop by the CCD Welcome Desk in the lobby of the South Classroom or by South 313 to find the room location
- Search for the class location at the Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC) Master Calendar
I tested into EGL 030 or 060, but I would like to become college-ready more quickly. Can I speed up the process?
In many cases, you can. One way of doing so is through the MSU Denver Quick Start program. For students who have tested into EGL 060 and RDG 060, the Quick Start program allows students to take EGL 060 & EGL 090 and/or RDG 060, and RDG 090 in one semester.
This program can offer students significant advantages, but because it would not be a good solution for everyone, to see if it or other options would be for you, set up an appointment with an advisor.
I have low English test scores. Why not just put off taking my English composition courses?
First of all, students must complete the first English composition course sequence in their first 30 hours at Metro. Eventually you will be prohibited from taking any courses at all at Metro if you don’t take and complete both English composition courses with a grade of C- or higher. Secondly, the English composition courses will help you in other college courses that require writing, so completing the courses early in your college career just makes sense. Finally, the English composition sequence must be completed in order to take courses in many majors. For example, Business Core courses require the completion of ENG 1010
Once I am college-ready, what else will I need to do?
Once you are college-ready in English, you should take and complete a college-level English course, either ENG 1010 or both ENG 1008 and ENG 1009, as soon as you can. After you pass ENG 1010 or ENG 1008/1009 with a grade of C- or higher, you can continue on to ENG 1020. Successfully completing ENG 1008/1009 or ENG 1010 & ENG 1020 with grades of C- or higher satisfies the English Composition requirement. ENG 1010 or both ENG 1008 and ENG 1009 need to be complete by the time you complete 30 hours at MSU Denver. ENG 1020 needs to be complete by the time you complete 60 hours at MSU Denver. Please note, however, that you may not be able to take the classes you need or would like to without having completed these courses, so it is in your best interests to complete them as soon as you can.
I think I might need additional support in becoming college-ready. What is available?
- The College’s Writing Center is available for all students of the College in any courses they may be taking.
- The College's Tutoring Center on a walk-in basis only. Look under ENG/RDG Assessment or ENG 1010 for available walk-in times.
What do I do next?
- Click English Remedial Quiz on the left-hand menu
- The quiz covers the material you have just been reading
- You can refer back to this material as you take the quiz
- You have to get all 5 question right in order to pass the quiz
- If you don't pass the quiz the first time, you can look at your answers & the answers we were expecting, and re-take the quiz
- If you don't get all the questions correct, you can retake the quiz (up to 4 times) and view your previous attempts
- If this happens, a link called What happens if I don't pass this quiz? appears, with more information about retaking the quiz
- After passing the quiz
- You will take a brief survey
- Then you will fill out a form with your Student ID (900 number--all 9 digits, no spaces or other characters) and MSU Denver user name
- The hold comes off when this last step is complete and the form is submitted!