Proficiency Examination

Reading

Graduation Reading Requirement

Proficiency in reading may be satisfied by one of the following:

  1. Completion of a degree (AA/AS or higher) from a US regionally accredited college or university.
  2. A Cypress College placement test score indicating proficiency has been met or passing the Cypress College reading proficiency test (CTEP 60 or Nelson-Deny 225) prior to Fall 2019.
  3. A passing grade of C or better in ENGL 096 C or ENGL 102 C or a comparable course from a regionally accredited college or university.
  4. A passing grade of C or better in any course in the Cypress College IGETC (1B); or Cypress College CSU GE (A3) Critical Thinking category or a comparable course from a regionally accredited college or university.
  5. A passing grade of C or better in the Cypress College AA/AS degree General Education pattern Area A2 (Analytical Thinking) or a comparable course from a regionally accredited college or university.

See a counselor for details.

The Reading Proficiency Examination is administered by the Assessment Center. No units are given for passing this examination, nor is the 60-unit requirement to complete the Associate Degree lowered. The Reading Proficiency exam may be taken only once after completion of ENGL 100 C or equivalent.

Students should contact the Assessment Center for dates and times at (714) 484-7223.

Mathematics

A satisfactory score on the Mathematics Proficiency Examination waives the three-unit Mathematics General Education Requirement for the Associate Degree (Category B2). No units are given for passing the Mathematics Proficiency Examination, no units are posted to the student’s permanent record, nor is the total number of units required to complete the Associate Degree reduced.

Refer to the Mathematics section in the Class Schedule. The Mathematics Proficiency Examination is given only once a semester (usually the sixth week) and can only be taken once (pass or fail). Both a MATH 020 C and a MATH 040 C Proficiency Exam will be administered.

Students are advised to check with a counselor to see which test they need in order to meet the graduation requirement based on the year of their catalog rights.