I already know how to read; why do I have to take CRE101?
CRE101 is not a skill-building reading course. CRE101 is a course where students refine their ability to analyze and interpret various types of writing, including essays, plays, poems. The ability to effectively and efficiently analyze writing are skills that all college students must possess. Why? As an institution of higher education, Phoenix College makes the commitment to its district, community, and business leaders that graduates of Phoenix College meet high academic standards.
Employers require employees who can think, read, and write critically. CRE101 is a course that helps students develop these particular academic skills.
A score of 47 or higher on the ASSET test or a score of 91 or higher on the COMPASS test exempts a student from taking CRE101. (Note: The number of credits needed for certificate and degree programs remains the same). There is no way to "waive" out of taking CRE101 unless this score is achieved. Neither the advisor, Department Chair in Reading, President of Phoenix College, or anyone else can waive students out of the class. This policy is set by the Reading Instructional Council of the Maricopa District.
The waiver is used to place students into courses when the ASSET, COMPASS, or CELSA score is lower than the one stated in the course description.
No. Course prerequisites cannot be waived. For example, students must take ENG 101 and have passed with a C or better in order to take CRE101. ENG 101 and CRE101 cannot be taken in the same semester.
- ...will help you with not only your reading skills but your critical thinking skills. (Erin)
- You can benefit as a writer and a reader. (Anonymous)
- Be prepared to think! (Misty)
- The class is beneficial, because it prepares you to succeed in other classes. (Anonymous)
- You will recognize good arguments, and bad ones. (Anonymous)
- ...reading critically is necessary to understand other subject matter. (Enrique)
- ...I learned reading really is reasoning! (Esbeida)