The Department of College Readiness at Triton College helps students achieve academic success by developing or enhancing basic skill proficiencies in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics.
Placement into the courses in this department are determined by ACT scores or the ACCUPLACER placement test. Scores determine a student's level of college readiness, and indicates if additional preparation is needed in order to be successful in college-level courses.
It's important that students enroll in the appropriate course(s) before beginning college-level coursework.
College readiness is defined by a minimum ACT sub score of 20 in Writing and Reading and a minimum ACT score of 23 in Mathematics.
COL 102 - Embracing the College Experience
COL 102 is the Learning Frameworks of College Success. It is geared towards first semester college students to assist them with adjusting to college and is designed to enhance some of their soft skills - otherwise known as non-cognitive skills (such as time management, motivation, goal setting, and teamwork). These are the skills that are not typically measured by standardized tests nor typically taught in a traditional setting. COL 102 can help you build up your skills and confidence in these areas, while supporting and increasing your success in your other courses (understanding the syllabus, test taking, note taking, study skills).
COL 102 - FAQs
What are the benefits to COL102?
COL102 helps to prepare students for a successful transition into college by orienting them to Triton College and enhance their knowledge in financial literacy, note and test taking skills, goal setting and other non-cognitive skills.
- Research has shown that students who complete COL102 or a similar course are more successful
- Higher GPA and success in the first semester than peers who did not take the course
- Higher persistence semester to semester than peers who did not take the course
- Successfully complete more credit hours than peers who did not take the course
- This course provides an overview of many different areas that will help you be more successful in college and in life
- Financial literacy and money management
- Test taking skills
- Time management
- Motivation and goal setting
- Introduce you and help you learn your way around Triton College to gain a better understanding of the resources available to you
Do I have to take COL102?
All new students are highly encouraged to enroll in COL102. If you are identified through the SuccessNavigator® assessment as needing some support in non-cognitive skills, you may be required to take COL102 to best support you and your success
Can I take this class even if I am not identified?
Absolutely! We believe that all new to college students will benefit from this course. It has been created just for you to help you be successful
What is Triton’s policy on mandatory enrollment in COL 102?
All first-time, college students pursuing an AA, AS, AGS or AFA degree who need enhancement in non-cognitive skills as determined by an assessment tool will be required to enroll in COL 102. Furthermore, students who have completed 12 credit hours and have a cumulative GPA below 2.0 shall be required to enroll in COL 102, Learning Framework for College Success, in the next semester. Waivers to the policy will be determined on a case by case basis.
When did the new policy become effective?
The new policy became effective in fall 2017.
How do I know if I need to enroll in COL 102?
All first-time in college students pursuing an AA, AS, AGS or AFA degrees who are identified as needing enhancement in non-cognitive skills, as determined by an assessment tool, will be required to enroll in COL 102. A counselor can provide guidance and recommend proper course placement.
Can I register for COL102 even if I am not required to?
Yes, anyone can enroll in COL 102.
How does the placement in COL 102 impact my success at Triton?
National research as well as data from Triton students show that students who take this class are more successful in their courses and persist at a higher rate than those who opt out of it. Additionally, feedback from students in the past has demonstrated that this course is valuable in getting students ready for college.
Does this class count toward my degree?
Yes, this class count toward your degree if you are seeking an AA, AS or AGS degree.
Does this course transfer?
Yes, this course has been articulated with multiple institutions. Confirm with your transfer institution how this course transfers.
Will I need to retake COL102 if I have passed it but put on academic probation again?
No, you will not need to retake COL 102 if you have passed it once.
Placement Review Resources
The ACCUPLACER Placement Test review materials listed below includes information about key concepts contained in the ACCUPLACER Reading, Writing and Math tests. After you complete a review of the concepts you can take a practice test and get feedback about your testing knowledge.
Remember, the ACCUPLACER placement test is designed to determine your skill level for college-level reading, writing and math. Taking the test doesn't mean that you've 'passed' reading, writing, or math, but your score indicates you can enroll in certain Triton courses. The score you receive will help determine which courses you should take so it's important for you to take the test seriously.
After you've completed the test your counselor can help you make appropriate course selections.
Need more information about the placement test? Find out more at Placement Testing or call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3252.
Math Review Sessions
The sessions last about five hours and you may stay for the entire session or any part of it (no advance registration is necessary).
- First hour will focus on basic mathematics
- Second hour will focus on elementary algebra
- Third hour will focus on geometry
- Fourth hour will focus on intermediate algebra
- Fifth hour will focus on word problems
Review sessions are held starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. on the following dates:
- June 23, 2018 in Room H-113
- July 21, 2018 in Room H-113
- Aug. 04, 2018 in Room H-113
- Aug. 11, 2018 in Room H-113
We also have several other ways to help you review for the placement test. The first is four practice tests to help you place out of Math 045 (pre-algebra). The links to the pdf files complete with answer keys are below:
We also have two practice tests (geometry and algebra) to help you place out of Math 055 (pre-algebra). The links to the pdf files complete with answer keys are below:
Review material for Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and Geometry I.
View diagram of Math Path for College Readiness.
Resources for Students
The College Readiness Courses:
A college readiness course is a college class numbered 045 - 098 that prepares you for college-level study but does not award credit toward your degree. Courses include:
MAT 045: BASIC MATH & PRE-ALGEBRA
Covers the skills necessary to be successful in taking a math class which requires competency in whole numbers, fractions, decimals, order of operations, ratio and proportion, percent topics, measurement, elementary geometry topics, introductory graphical representation, introductory signed number manipulation and an introduction to basic equation solving. Additionally, test-taking skills, reading the mathematics textbook and taking notes in mathematics will be emphasized. Special emphasis will be on processing and solving word problems.
MAT 055: ALGEBRA I & GEOMETRY
This course examines concepts in signed numbers, factoring, equation solving, inequality solving, graphs, parallelism and perpendicularity, congruence and polygons.
MAT 080: GENERAL EDUCATION PREPARATION MATH
A non-transferable course that provides opportunities for problem solving. Topics from intermediate algebra necessary to be successful in MAT 101, 102 and 170, which include the real number system, equation solving, modeling with equations and algebraic functions, function concepts, polynomials, factoring, set theory, and elementary logic statements. All topics will provide the necessary foundation for students to engage in mathematical modeling and problem solving.
MAT 085: ALGEBRA II
Examines concepts in functions, relations, graphing, systems of equations, inequalities, polynomials, rational expressions, quadratic equations, right triangles, circles, areas of plane figures and related geometry concepts.
MAT 096: ALGEBRA I & II
Examines beginning and intermediate level algebra concepts, along with plane geometry in an integrated manner designed to help you effectively understand the concepts. This intensive course is recommended for highly motivated students.
RHT 085: INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE READING I
This course covers basic reading comprehension and introduces study skills. Strategies needed for survival in college are stressed.
RHT 086: INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE READING II
This course covers the development of reading and study skills necessary for comprehending college textbooks. Strategies emphasized are those needed for success in content courses.
RHT 095: INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE WRITING I
Designed to improve basic writing skills, this course emphasizes developing competence in sentence and paragraph construction. Basic grammatical structures are stressed.
RHT 096: INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE WRITING II
Designed to improve basic writing skills, this course emphasizes increasing competence in writing multi-paragraph essays.
College Readiness - English Faculty
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3813
(708) 456-0300 Ext. 3421
(708) 456-0300 Ext. 3254
(708) 456-0300 Ext. 3476
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3288
College Readiness - Math Faculty
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3813
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3303
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3494
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3904