Reading assignments in college tend to be in-depth and complex. Our reading classes
emphasize analysis and synthesis of college level texts. We do this through focus
on comprehension, vocabulary and critical thinking skills.
Approximately 70% of all students who take the Reading Placement Test at De Anza (and
also at all community colleges throughout the nation) have been placed into a Reading
class. Many of these students have completed high school English requirements, but
not all high school classes demand that students be proficient in college-level reading.
Also, many students enroll at De Anza after being out of school for a while, and they
need to review and improve their reading skills before enrolling in classes that require
While you wait to get into a Reading class in the following quarter, you can enroll
in a self-paced Reading class in the Academic Skills program. Be sure to enroll in
a class as soon as possible because they fill up quickly. Visit theAcademic Skills Centerto view available classes.
All full-time and many part-time instructors hold regular office hours for the purpose
of helping students outside of class. Take advantage of this opportunity. If you would
like to meet with a tutor either on a drop-in or a regular basis, make arrangements
by contacting the Student Success Centeras soon as possible in the quarter.
Students who are advised through the Placement Test system to take an ESL class should
be in that program. Reading Department classes are not designed for students whose
native language is not English.
It depends on where you are first placed after taking the Reading Placement Test.
If you begin with Reading 200, you must complete it and then take Reading 211. However,
be aware that if you need to take English Writing 200 and/or 211, you must also complete
those courses before taking English 1A.