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Help us help you find the right Math and English courses.

The purpose of Northeastern’s Self-Directed Placement Survey is to determine the correct English and math course you should take your first semester at Northeastern. We want you to be in the right type, and level, of math and English. This survey will help us assess your skills, background, and confidence level in English and math and pair you with courses appropriate for your major. Please watch this short video explaining how to take the Self-Directed Placement Survey. 

Once you’re done, complete the survey! If you have questions please email NJCStudentSuccessCenter@njc.edu. Northeastern wants you placed in the right courses, especially in math and English. This short survey helps you see your choices and helps advisors better assist with the decision making.

 

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I can annotate to comprehend new, complex, or scholarly texts.
I have experience using academic language, correct grammar and punctuation, and correct sentence construction.
I have written persuasive essays with argumentative thesis statements using critical analysis and my own ideas.
I have included research in my essays and have cited scholarly sources to support my thesis.
I revise drafts of my papers and edit them carefully myself.
I understand formatting documents in MLA and/or APA style.
I can use technology including computers, tablets and laptops to word process essays and create presentations.
I applied myself in high school.
When I don't understand something or a task is challenging, I stick to it until I do understand.
I use the resources around me when needed; for example, for an essay, I might get tutoring, ask my instructor, or search online.
I plan and stay organized in order to manage my stress.
My typical grades in my high school English/writing classes:
My overall GPA in high school
Among my immediate family members, at least one of them has achieved
Where were most of your options?

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English Composition (ENG 121): 
This course focuses on analytical, persuasive/argumentative and analytical writing utilizing research and complex texts. Students focus on rhetorical situations appropriate for specific audiences. Students will write using MLA format. Students will write five argumentative essays in MLA format supported with primary, scholarly sources. 3 credits.

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English Composition w/ Studio (ENG 121 + STUDIO):
The Studio supports the ENG 121 course with additional time and attention spent on the reading and writing skills needed to be successful in ENG 121 which focuses on analytical, persuasive/argumentative and analytical writing utilizing research and complex texts. Students focus on rhetorical situations appropriate for specific audiences. Students will write using MLA format. Students will write five argumentative essays in MLA format supported with primary, scholarly sources. This course provides three extra hours of class each week. 6 credits.

ESL Reading, Composition and Grammar (ESL 053 + ENG 110): This course is designed for students still mastering college level reading and writing in the English language. Students will work on academic English vocabulary, advanced grammatical structures and essay development in preparation for college level ENG 121. Students with inadequate TOEFL scores are required to take this course to meet I-20 guidelines. 6 credits.

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College Composition and Reading (CCR 92):
This course prepares students for ENG 121. Students develop an active reading process, practice grammar and academic writing skills, and evaluate and incorporate outside resources to develop strong essays. Students read and strive to make sense of increasingly complex materials. They respond to these ideas through writing and begin to use them in persuasive writing assignments. 5 credits. 

ESL Reading, Composition and Grammar (ESL 053 + ENG 110): This course is designed for students still mastering college level reading and writing in the English language. Students will work on academic English vocabulary, advanced grammatical structures and essay development in preparation for college level ENG 121. Students with inadequate TOEFL scores are required to take this course to meet I-20 guidelines. 5 credits. 

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Choose the Math Course Option based on your planned degree:

Choose College Algebra if you plan to study Science, Math, Business for transfer, Health Sciences, Sports Management, Agriculture for transfer, or you are undecided or unsure which math course fits best. Athletes who plan to transfer should choose this option.

Choose Statistic/Math for Liberal Arts if you plan to study Music, Art, Theater, Education, English, or Criminal Justice.

Choose Career and Technical Math if you plan to study Nursing, Wind, Auto, Diesel, Fire Science, EMS or Career Ag.
 

I know how to evaluate this expression using order of operations (16 ÷ 22 + 6) ÷ 2 + 8

I know how to evaluate this expression by following order of operations: 2³÷ 4 + 10 · 1/3

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I know how to use the formula C = ax + k, where C is the total cost, a is the cost per item, x is the number of items and k is the fixed costs (rent, utilities, etc.) when x = 30, a = $15, and k = $580.
I can solve x/2 = 7/12.
I know how to write 6/25 as a percent.
I read and analyze word problems carefully, and then I work diligently to get the correct solution.
When I don't understand something or a task is challenging, I stick to it until I do understand it.
I use the resources around me when needed; for example, I will get tutoring, ask my instructor, or search online.
My note taking skills allow me to review material to work problems, and I use them to study.
I know how to use a graphing calculator.
I am comfortable learning and mastering new concepts in math class.
I know how to use formulas and evaluate data in equations.

The aerodynamic force F exerted on an airplane's wing is proportional to the surface area of the wing and the square of the velocity given by the formula F=kAv ² . Find the force exerted on the plane’s wing if A = 100 ft², k = 5/4 and the plane is traveling at v = 90 mph. 

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I know how to solve the equation : 5x/3x/4/7/1/10

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I know how to simplify the radical: 

-2√(-108)
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I know how to factor the expression: 12x2+5x-3

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I know how to graph the equation:  -3x+6y=-6

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I am comfortable learning and mastering new concepts in math class.
I understand Algebra II material, including factoring, quadratic formulas, square roots, and graphing.
I know how to use algebra to solve word problems.
I know how to overcome adversity and challenging situations.
My overall GPA in high school
My overall grade in my high school math class.
My overall grade in my high school Algebra II class.
My overall grade in my high school Calculus, Pre-Calculus or Trig class.
Among my immediate family members, at least one of them has achieved
Where were most of your options?

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College Algebra (MAT 121): MAT 121 explores intermediate algebra, equations, functions and their graphs, exponential functions, linear and non-linear systems, and conic sections. Expect to spend 4-8 hours a week outside of class studying for this course. Homework is online and requires computer access. 4 credits 

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College Algebra w/ Support (MAT 121 + MAT 81): The MAT 81 supports the math skills needed to be successful in MAT 121 with 1 extra hour of class each week. MAT 121 explores intermediate algebra, equations, functions and their graphs, exponential functions, linear and non-linear systems, and conic sections. Homework is online and requires computer access. Expect to spend 4-6 hours a week outside of class studying for this course. 5 credits.

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Algebraic Literacy w/ Support (MAT 055 + AAA): Students develop math skills necessary for MAT 121. This course includes developing algebraic skills dealing with expressions and equations including complex numbers, radicals, polynomials, factoring, quadratic equations, and rational expressions. Students will also develop math-learning strategies. Expect to spend 4-6 hours a week outside of class studying for this course. 5 credits.

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Career Math (MAT 102), Math for Clinical Calculations (MAT 103) OR Skilled Trades & Industrial Math (MAT 107): These courses provide a review of general mathematics, introductory algebra and an opportunity to learn systems of measurement and methods of solving problems related to skilled trades. These are presented on an introductory level with an emphasis on application in the classroom appropriate to one's trades. 3 credit course.

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Career Math w/ Support including MAT 102, MAT 103, MAT 107 + AAA: The AAA courses support the math skills needed to be successful in MAT 102, 103 or 107 with 1-3 extra hours of class each week. The MAT 102, 103 and 107 courses provide a review of general mathematics, introductory algebra and an opportunity to learn systems of measurement and methods of solving problems related to skilled trades. These are presented on an introductory level with an emphasis on application in the classroom appropriate to one's trades. Expect to spend 3-5 hours a week studying for this course. 4 credits.

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Your Advisor will help you choose the correct math option from the following:

Math for Liberal Arts w/ support (MAT 120 + MAT 80): MAT 120 with MAT 80 highlights connections between mathematics and society in which we live. Some topics include set theory and logic, mathematical modeling, probability and statistics, and consumer math. Expect to spend 3-4 hours a week outside of class studying for this course. This course is intended for Liberal Arts majors. This is a supported class and include 1.5 additional hours each week. Students should expect 2-4 hours of work outside of class. Offered fall and spring. 6 credits. 

Intro to Statistics (MAT 135): MAT 135 explores and applies data presentation and summarization, introduction to probability and distributions, and statistical inference. Expect to spend 4-6 hours a week outside of class studying for this course. 3 credit course. 

Integrated Math I (MAT 155): MAT 155 engages students in the concepts of school mathematics. Students will explore mathematical topics for teachers. Some of these topics include numerical and pattern recognition, problem solving, algebraic reasoning, logic and set notation, number theory, and relations and functions. Students will participate in cooperative learning with their peers. This is an accelerated course, so expect to spend 8-10 hours a week outside of class studying for this course. A 3-credit course offered SPRING only.

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Your Advisor will help you choose the correct math option from the following:

Math for Liberal Arts w/ support (MAT 120 + MAT 80):
MAT 120 with MAT 80 highlights connections between mathematics and society in which we live. Some topics include set theory and logic, mathematical modeling, probability and statistics, and consumer math.This course is intended for Liberal Arts majors. This is a supported class and includes 1.5 additional hours each week. Students should expect 2-4 hours of work outside of class. Offered fall and spring. 6 credits. 

Intro to Statistics w/ Support (MAT 135 + MAT 85): MAT 85 supports the math skills needed to be successful in MAT 135 with time in class each week. MAT 135 explores and applies data presentation and summarization, introduction to probability and distributions, and statistical inference. Expect to spend 3-5 hours a week studying for this course. 4 credit course offered SPRING only.

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Quantitative Literacy (MAT 050): Students develop math skills necessary for MAT 102, 103, 107, MAT 120, MAT 135 or MAT 155/156. This course includes number sense and critical thinking and an introduction to algebraic reasoning. Students will gain math confidence and skills needed to be successful in their college-level course. Expect to spend 3-4 hours a week outside of class time to study for this course. Upon successful completion of this course, student enroll in their required college-level math course. 4 credits.

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Quantitative Literacy (MAT 050): Students develop math skills necessary for MAT 102, 103, 107, MAT 120, MAT 135 or MAT 155/156. This course includes number sense and critical thinking and an introduction to algebraic reasoning. Students will gain math confidence and skills needed to be successful in their college-level course. Expect to spend 3-4 hours a week outside of class time to study for this course. Upon successful completion of this course, student may enroll in their required college-level math course. 4 credits.

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I release the State of Colorado, The State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education, Northeastern Junior College (“NJC”), and its Employees from any liability for my decision to opt out of the prescribed pre- requisite courses as advised by my academic advisor at NJC. My academic advisor has fully informed me of the risks involved in not taking the recommended pre-requisite course. Should I fail to complete the course with a “C” or above, I take full responsibility for this decision. I understand that I take full responsibility for my decision and cannot hold any of the above entities or individuals accountable for my actions.

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