College Readiness

Triton's Department of College Readiness is committed to helping Triton's adverse students develop effective learning strategies and skills that will transfer to courses across the curriculum. By bridging gaps in students' reading, writing, Mathematics and study skills backgrounds, we provide a strong foundation for successful lifelong learning in college and beyond.

Program Goals

After completing College Readiness coursework, a student will have demonstrated an ability to:

  • read and comprehend college-level literary and informational texts independently and proficiently;
  • produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience;
  • employ learning and study strategy skills needed for academic success; and
  • comprehend and apply basic principles of Mathematics and algebra.

Students enrolled in College Readiness are offered a program of instruction and tutoring. All these services are provided in a central location on the lower level of the Learning Resource Center, Room A-100.

College Readiness Courses

Instruction is offered in reading and study skills, writing, principles of pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry. All students are required to take Triton College's administered placement tests to determine whether the student places into these courses.

Upon placement and registration, the students will benefit from the special features of these courses, including reduced class size.

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RHT 085

Introduction to College Reading I

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RHT 086

Introduction to College Reading II

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RHT 095

Introduction to College Writing I

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RHT 096

Introduction to College Writing II

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MAT 045

Arithmetic and Pre-Algebra

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MAT 050

Pre-Algebra

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MAT 055

Algebra & Geometry I

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MAT 080

Preparation for General Education Mathematics

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MAT 085

Algebra & Geometry II

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MAT 096

Algebra/Geometry Review

Students earn Triton College credit for each course. However, these credits do not transfer and do not count toward graduation. They do count toward a student's Triton GPA.

Like all Triton students, those enrolled in College Readiness courses are encouraged to take advantage of tutoring. All of these services are provided in a central location within the lower level of the Learning Resource Center, Room A-100.

College Readiness Reading Course Requirements

The following sequence is advised for students to complete their Reading requirements:

Step 1: Before taking a Reading Placement Test, review the material at: www.triton.edu/placementreview.

Step 2: Take a placement test in the Testing Center, Room A-126.

Step 3: The score received will indicate which level Reading course is best. The courses for which students are eligible will be on the evaluation form. Therefore, the class indicated on the form will be the starting point.

Step 4: Register for a Reading class during the first semester at Triton. Do not wait to take Reading classes until the last semester at Triton. This may very well delay graduation, as some courses or programs list a Reading requirement as a prerequisite.

College Readiness Writing Course Requirements

The following sequences are advised for students to complete their Writing requirements:

Step 1: Before taking a Writing Placement Test, review the material at: www.triton.edu/placementreview.

Step 2: Take a placement test in the Testing Center, Room A-126.

Step 3: The score received will indicate which level Writing class is best. The courses for which students are eligible will be on the evaluation form. Therefore, the class indicated on the form will be the starting point.

Step 4: Register for a Writing class during the first semester at Triton. Do not wait to take Writing classes until the last semester at Triton. This may very well delay graduation, as some courses or programs list a Writing requirement as a prerequisite.

College Readiness Math AA or AS Course Requirements

The following sequences is advised for students to complete their Math AA or AS degree requirements:

Step 1: Before taking a Math Placement Test, attend one of the FREE Math review sessions designed to help students refresh their skills and prepare for the placement test or work through one of the self-study options provided by the Mathematics Department. Review sessions are offered at least once a month. Information about placement test preparation can be found at: www.triton.edu/placementreview.

Step 2: Take a placement test in the Testing Center, Room A-126. Students may use a calculator during the exam.

Step 3: The score received will indicate which level Mathematics course is best. The courses for which students are eligible will be on the evaluation form. Many students need a refresher class before they are ready to take a course that will fulfill the degree requirements. Therefore, the class indicated on the form will be the starting point.

Step 4: Register for a Mathematics class during the first semester at Triton. Do not wait to take Math classes until the last semester at Triton. This may very well delay graduation, as some courses or programs list a Math requirement in a prerequisite.