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Assessment & Orientation

NOTE:  LBCC is NO longer offering GED program or administering the ATB (Ability To Benefit Test).   image4

1. Appeals of Initial Placement Recommendation: A student may appeal an initial placement recommendation in English, Math, Reading or ESL by completing the placement Appeal form available at the Assessment Office, Counseling Office, or the respective department. The student will be notified of the appeal decision by mail.

2. Application for Admission: This is an Online Application for admission to the college. You are required to supply residence information and personal background information. After this application is filled out in its entirety and accepted by the college you are an official LBCC student.

3. Articulated Transfer: The process by which LBCC establishes a transfer agreement with a four-year University that results in the establishment of an educational planning sheet designating acceptable LBCC transfer courses.
4. Assessment Testing: The Full Assessment Test is a 3-part test that will enable LBCC to identify a student's current skill level in English, Reading, Math, and/or English as a second language. In addition the Assessment Office administers the Individual Chemistry Test and Individual English Essay (written test).
5. Associate degree: The graduation document issued by Long Beach City College for completing 60 units with a grade point average of 2.0 and including requirements in general education and your major field of study. Must apply for graduation. 
6. Bachelor's Degree: A college or university degree earned upon completion of four years of academic work (120 semester units or more) and the satisfaction of prescribed general education requirements, major courses and basic college proficiency skills.
7. Corequisite: A course in which you must enroll at the same time you enroll in the course to which it is attached.
8. CSU Certification: Process applicable only to California State University (CSU) system in which LBCC certifies that you have completed all or part of the LBCC lower division general education requirements to be honored at each of the 20 campuses in the CSU system. Certification must be initiated by the student.
9. Curriculum Guide: The classes' specific to a particular department, subject, or major.
10. Electives: Electives are courses that are not required subjects but are taken for personal interest, for unit credit, to graduate from LBCC, and/or to transfer to a four year university.
11. General Education: This is a specific group of required courses outside your major that are designed to give you a breadth of knowledge in the arts, sciences and humanities. They are courses required for an Associate and/or Bachelor's degree and are usually taken during lower division studies.
12. Good Standing: A student is in good standing with the college if he or she has at least a 2.0 GPA, is completing at least 50% of their coursework and is not under disciplinary action.
13. Grade point average: A grade reporting system in which grades are converted from letters to numbers on a 5 scale where A=4 points, B=3 points, C=2 points, D=l point and F=0 points and then numerically averaged.
14. IGETC /Certification: A process applicable to California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) systems in which LBCC certified that you have completed all of the CSU or UC lower division general education requirements to be honored at each of the 20 campuses of the CSU system and the 8 campuses of the UC system, with some exceptions in the UC system, See a counselor for exceptions. Certification must be initiated by the student.
15. Lower Division coursework: Refers to college work required in the freshman or sophomore year of college.
16. Major: Series of courses related to the student's main area of study.
17. Matriculation: This is the process in which a student is received into a college and helped to define and achieve his or her educational goal through the college's established resources and procedures.
18. Assessment and Orientation Exemptions:

A.  Students who meet certain requirements may be EXEMPT from Assessment and Orientation. Exempt students are those  who hold Associate degrees or higher, demonstrate that they are taking courses only for personal enrichment or are co-enrolled at a four-year college and/or university, or are enrolled only in:

  • Performance or activity classes
  • Classes for advancement in current job/career (update job skills)
  • Contact education classes
  • Non-Credit classes
B. The assessment component for Math, Reading and English or English as a Second Language can be partially met with documentation of prior coursework via providing Official and/or Unofficial transcripts from another accredited college or high school.
19. Matriculation Component Appeal/Waiver Process: Any student who feels that he/she is exempt from any of these components may appeal by filing an Assessment & Orientation Waiver form, which is available in the assessment office.  These exemptions do not provide clearance for enrollment into specified English, Math, Reading or ESL courses. The waiver process can take up to 2 weeks then the student will then be notified. A student may request to participate in a previously waived component by contacting the assessment office.
20. Non-articulated transfer: The process of determining which LBCC courses are most likely to be accepted by a four year school in the absence of an articulated agreement usually assisted my the Transfer/Counseling Center.
21. Petition: If a class you want to take is closed, you may be able to enroll by petitioning. Attend the class and ask the instructor for a petition card. Petitioning works best if you attend the first meeting. You should try this if you meet the prerequisites for the course as students who do not meet the prerequisites will be not be able to stay in the class.
22. Prerequisite: A requirement (course, license, assessment process, etc.) that you must complete before you enroll in the course to which it is attached.
23. Probation: A student is placed on probation when he or she is facing scholastic difficulty in terms of grade point average and completion ratio. The two types of probation are defined below.
Academic Probation: A student is put on academic probation after he or she has attempted 12 units of credit at LBCC and receives D's or F's with a grade point average below a 2.0.
Progress Probation: A student shall be put on Progress Probation after enrolling in a minimum of 12 units at LBCC but has completed less than one-half of all units attempted and receives W, NP, or I, with a completion ratio that is less than 50%.
24. Recommended Preparation: A faculty member might advise a course or other preparation which you should complete before you enroll in the course to which it is attached. You will get more out of the course if you take the advice.
25. Retest Policy:  Before retesting, we encourage students to start taking the classes they placed into right away to be successful.   A student can retake all or part of the Assessment Test after five months from your test date.
26. Transcript: A copy of a student's academic record at a school including course, units/credits and grades.
27. Upper Division coursework: Refers to college work required in the junior and senior years of college, typically at a four year university.
28. Withdrawal (W) Grade: Process by which a student officially withdrawals any or all classes.