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Course Eligibilities & Sequence


Students are placed into all writing classes at Mt. SAC via the Assessment Questionnaire and the Assessment of Written English Placement Test.

A flow chart depicting the progression of AMLA courses

*Assessment of Written English Test — A test of your abilities in Language Usage. It is required for placement in English classes (including LERN, AMLA, and ESL classes), Business English classes, admission to the Health Science Program, and all courses requiring English eligibility.

**Students may enroll in ESL (English as a Second Language) and LERN (for native speakers) without taking the AWE.



A flow chart of AMLA reading courses

Speaking and Grammar

There are no assessment tests for enrollment in AMLA speaking and one-unit grammar classes, and any Mt. SAC student who is registered for credit classes may take them. 

However, due to the level of course content, students wishing to enroll in AMLA 24 (Idiomatic English) are advised to be eligible for AMLA 80 (Intermediate Writing), and students wishing to enroll in AMLA 23 (Formal Speaking) are advised to be eligible for AMLA 90 (Advanced Writing).