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Pacific Union College participates in the American College Testing program as an essential element in academic advising. Each first-year and transfer applicant with fewer than 30 quarter credits must provide ACT or SAT scores.

English Placement and ESL

College English (ENGL 101 and 102)
These classes are required of all students seeking a Bachelor's degree. Students with an ACT English score of 19 and above (or SAT Verbal score of at least 470) are eligible for English 101. Students who successfully complete 101 are eligible for 102. (Lantern will not allow students to register for ENGL 101 who do not have a qualifying test score.

Introduction to Composition (ENGL 100)
Students with an ACT English score below 19 (or SAT Verbal score below 470) are placed in ENGL 100 in order to prepare them for success in College English. NOTE: All students in ENGL 100 are retested based on a writing sample and the Nelson Denny Reading Test. Some will test into College English; others may be asked to take Developmental Reading.

Developmental Reading (ENGL 012)
Students with an ACT English score below 15 (or SAT Verbal score below 380) are placed in ENGL 012 to help bring their reading skills to the level required for success at

English as a Second Language
Pacific Union College no longer operates an English as a Second Language program. In order to be admitted to the College, international students must demonstrate advanced language proficiency by submitting one of the following: a computer-based TOEFL score of 195, a paper-based TOEFL score of 525, an ACT verbal score of 14, an SAT verbal score of 360, or an equivalent score on another standardized test such as Michigan or Cambridge. A set of "bridge" courses is in place to help students who may still need some degree of language remediation as well as time to adjust to a new learning environment. These courses include ENSL 100, English for Special Purposes; ENGL 012, Developmental Reading; ENGL 014, Developmental Language Skills; and ENGL 100,

Introduction to Composition
International students who do not have ACT or SAT scores should be placed in ENGL 012 where they will be given an English language proficiency assessment. The results of this evaluation will be used to counsel students into an appropriate course, or combination of courses, from those listed above. Occasionally, a student with English language proficiency problems is not identified at the time of admission. Often, it is only after a student has been in courses for a week or two that language problems begin to manifest themselves. It is very important for teachers to be alert for potential language issues early in the quarter. Discovering these problems before the add-drop deadline prevents serious difficulties for students who must have a minimum course load of 12 units per quarter in order to maintain their status with the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Any questions regarding a student's language proficiency and English course placement should be directed to Janet Borisevich Mezenov in the English Department.

Algebra Requirements and Math Placement

Students who have not completed a full year of high school Algebra II with semester grades of C- or better, are required to complete MATH 096 Intermediate Algebra. Before taking MATH 096, most students will need to first complete MATH 019 Introductory Algebra. This general education requirement in Algebra should be completed by the end of the freshman year and must be completed by the end of the sophomore year. The prerequisite for MATH 096 is satisfied by any of the following:

  1. ACT Math Score of 19 or higher, or SAT Math Score of 500 or higher.
  2. Satisfactory performance on the MATH 019 Waiver Exam. This exam covers the basic topics of algebra studied in a high school Algebra I course.
  3. Completion of MATH 019 Introductory Algebra.

MATH Courses and Placement:

Introductory Algebra (MATH 019)
This course, equivalent to high school Algebra I, is intended for students without recent experience in algebra. Students with ACT Math scores lower than 14 may need additional tutoring available from the TLC.

Intermediate Algebra (MATH 096)
This course, equivalent to much of high school Algebra II, satisfies the general education requirement in Algebra. Students must satisfy the prerequisite (see above).

College Algebra (MATH 106)
This course is required for many business and science programs. Students should be ready for this course if they have done well in high school Algebra II (with grades B or better) or have finished MATH 096 Intermediate Algebra (with grade C or better). A readiness test for College Algebra is given the first or second day of class to give further guidance on the advisability of first taking MATH 096 Intermediate Algebra.

Precalculus (MATH 130)
This course is intended for students preparing for MATH 131 Calculus or seeking further experience in mathematics. Students should be ready for this course if they have done exceptionally well in high school Algebra II, done unexceptional but passing work in high school Precalculus, or have finished MATH 106 College Algebra (with grade C or better).

Calculus (MATH 131)
This course is required for many science programs. Students should be ready for this course if they have done well in high school Precalculus (with grades B or better) or have finished MATH 130 Precalculus (with grade C or better).

Introduction to Statistics (STAT 222)
This course is a General Education requirement. Students should be ready for this course once they have satisfied the General Education requirement in Algebra (see above).

General Chemistry/Math Connection

General Chemistry is taught at a level that assumes the student has a solid preparation in mathematics. A student beginning General Chemistry should be ready to begin Precalculus (MATH 130). The Chemistry Department recommends that all General Chemistry students will meet one of the following criteria:

  1. The student has successfully completed College Algebra (MATH 106).
  2. The student has successfully completed two years of high school Algebra, which includes topics that are found in the course description for MATH 106 on page 141 of the Catalog.
  3. Since very few freshmen have taken a college mathematics course prior to college, and a great number simply do not have adequate mathematics preparation from high school, we rely on ACT scores as an index of a student's preparedness for General Chemistry. An ACT math score of 23 (about the 75th percentile) or above is an indication that the student is most likely well prepared for General Chemistry. However, as this score would eliminate about half of the students typically enrolled in General Chemistry, we have allowed students to begin the course with ACT math scores as low as 19 (about the 50th percentile). These students should be advised to take either MATH 096 or MATH 106 concurrently with CHEM 111. Freshmen with ACT math scores lower than 19 should be advised NOT to take General Chemistry until after completing the math requirement.

Advice on Registering for Religion Courses

Recommendations for religion classes depend primarily upon two major criteria: (1) the level of exposure a student has to Christianity and Scripture; and (2) the GE requirement of 18 hours of religion, with at least 6 from RELB and 9 upper-division. (*Note: all classes below are 3-credit hours unless noted.)

Students with little or no exposure to Scripture and Christianity should consider taking our basic Bible introduction classes: Bible Themes (2-2-2), RELB 114-115- 116. (These classes do not have to be taken sequentially.)

Students with average exposure to Scripture might consider our two most-popular foundational classes through the years (and with content more familiar to students beginning college-level religion classes): Life and Teachings of Jesus, RELB 130; and Books of Moses, RELB 125.

Modern Languages Lower Division Course Placement

Fall quarter is the time to begin foreign language study. Since lower division courses are 3-quarter sequences, students are not advised to join later in the year. To be eligible for a year of study abroad with Adventist Colleges Abroad, most students need to successfully complete a sequence of French or Spanish. (There are no pre-requisites for other programs. However, a year of German or a year of Italian is strongly recommended for maximizing the experience abroad in Austria, Germany, or Italy.) The department does not currently require a placement exam. A face-to-face interview with the student usually gives a good idea of appropriate placement. Please consult department faculty about any placement questions: Sylvia Rasi Gregorutti (ext. 6510), Charo Caballero- Chambers (ext. 7276), or Lindsay Petersen (ext. 6509). Beginning level courses are not open to students with two or more years of secondary school foreign language experience.

French, German & Italian

If the student has... The student should enroll in...
0-1 year of high school level Beginning level sequence (111-112-113/4 credits each)
2 years of high school level
Or 1 year of college level
Intermediate level sequence (151-152-153/4 credits each)
More than 2 years of high school
Or college / U.S.-educated native speaker
Student should consult with department faculty.


If the student has... The student should enroll in...
0-1 year of high school level Beginning level sequence (SPAN 111-112-113/4 credits each)
2 years of high school level
Or 1 year of college level
If an intensive review is needed.
Intensive Spanish Review/Intensive Intermediate
level sequence (SPAN 131-132 -133/5 credits each)
2 years of high school level
Or 1 year of college level
If an intensive review is needed.
Intermediate level sequence (151-152-153/4 credits each)
More than 2 years of high school,
college / U.S. educated native speaker
Conversation & Composition sequence
(SPAN 251-252-253 / 3 credits each)

Non-U.S. educated native speakers and students who have taken courses in languages not listed above should consult with department faculty for placement advising.