No, Pasadena City College does not permit attending classes when not officially enrolled. It is the responsibility of the student to enroll officially through the Registration Office.
Watch for an email with the subject: “PCC Class Enrollment”, use the add-code right the way. Because there is no guarantee that a space will be available for very long, it is to your responsibility to enroll as soon as possible. If space opens up later on, you will be notified again about the opportunity to add. After using the add-code you have three (3) business days to pay. After those three (3) days your classes will be dropped.
Assessment office is located on the second floor in Building D Room 205, and the telephone number is 626-585-7272.
No, before you try to register for an ESL class, students are required to take an ESL placement test to register at the appropriate level that they placed.
Print the Confirmation Page and Bring it to your Testing Appointment.
Exam Result Information: The English, ESL and math exam results will be provided to you during your group counseling session during these months. First-Time College Students will need to attend this session to receive their exam results.
The ESL assessment test is designed to measure English skills for students whose first language is NOT English. Students are encouraged to take the ESL assessment test if English is their second language and if they are not fluent in English. If your background in English is similar to one or more of the following descriptions, you should take the ESL assessment test and not the English assessment test.
The ESL assessment test is computerized. There is no time limit for the test. Typically, students are able to complete the test in one hour. It consists of adaptive multiple-choice questions. Questions are chosen for you on the basis of your answers to previous questions. Since this is an adaptive test, you cannot skip questions in the exam or go back to previous responses. You must answer every question. If you do not know the answer to a question, try to eliminate one or more of the choices, then pick one of the remaining choices.
Please refer to this website: http://www.pasadena.edu/studentservices/assessment/tests/index.cfm
The difference between an English placement test and an ESL placement test is that English placement test is design for English native speakers, whereas ESL placement test is targeted for English as a Second Language students (ESL).
Students have to contact the Languages Division at: (626) 585-3187 for more information.
Please refer to this website: http://www.pasadena.edu/orientation/
No, you must apply and be accepted at PCC to see a counselor.
New students who have never attended college need to attend a new student group counseling session approximately two (2) weeks prior to your registration date. Group counseling appointments can be made at any time.
Go to the Counseling desk at L-104 with:
*New students who have attended college and taken an English and Math class do not need to assess again. Instead, bring copies of previous college transcripts (official or unofficial) to counseling (L104).
Please refer to this website: https://selfservice.pasadena.edu/prod/pw_psearch_sched.p_search
When a class is closed, that means that the class is full and that there are 15 students on the waiting list.
Students can still go to the class and try to add. However, the probabilities are very low to get into the class since there are 15 students ahead of you. Note: the instructor will not add more than the class limit.
Students can get on the waiting list (if it is not closed) by adding the class and clicking on the waiting list box.
We recommend taking a foreign language class at our extended learning program. This is the website: http://pcclearn.org. Office: D208. Phone: (626) 585-7608
The languages that we offer are: Chinese (Mandarin), French, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.
A condition of enrollment, such as satisfactory completion of another course (with a grade of A,B,C, or CR) that must be met BEFORE a student can register for a course.
A course in which a student is required to enroll at the same time he or she is enrolled in another course.
The tuition per unit is approximately $46. If your class has 4 units, then it would be $46x 4= $184 approximately.
If no payment has been posted to your account by Friday midnight of each week of registration, then you will be dropped from your classes. Students receiving BOG, Financial Aid, or funds from other Companies or agencies (like Veterans) will not be dropped as part of the Friday midnight purge.
Students with financial aid still need to pay: student activity fee, student representation, and health fees.
Please refer to their website: http://www.pasadena.edu/studentservices/financialAid/
Yes, we do offer ESL courses/classes at Pasadena City College (main campus) and at the Community Education Center (annex campus).
Pasadena City College (main campus) offers classes with credit (to transfer to another university) and they charge a fee per unit. The CEC (annex campus) offers classes without credit and they are free.
Both campuses offer ESL courses/classes. At Pasadena City College (main campus) you would have to get admitted to the college, have an ESL placement test, and register and pay online for the classes at a particular semester (Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall). At the Community Education Center (CEC)
PCC does not offer an Intensive English Language Acquisition program for students prior to enrolling in credit courses. All students must attain a certain level of English proficiency before coming to PCC. PCC does offer ESL classes for students to improve their academic language skills while taking other credit courses. Students are placed in these classes according to their results on a placement test.
Students are allowed to take any GE courses while taking ESL classes. However, we strongly recommend completing as many ESL classes before you take a GE class.
An ESL block means a combination of 3 classes together.
No, students have to take all of the classes in the block; otherwise students will be drop from those classes.
The advantage of the ESL block is that these grouped classes offer an opportunity for college-level ESL students to develop and practice skills in reading, writing, grammar, listening, and speaking.
An ESL pair means a combination of 2 classes together.
An ESL cohort means a combination of 3 classes or more together.
Instr Aprv Reqd stands for instructor approval required, which means those classes are reserved for a particular group. After we enrolled those students, those classes will be open for the general public.
We do not have an extensive ESL program. All students must meet the English proficiency requirement as listed on the website in order to be admitted. However, if a student places in the lowest level of ESL, they will be registered in the lowest ESL sequence. It is not uncommon for some students to only be enrolled in ESL courses for the first year. The ISC does not advertise this though because all students should be at proficient levels.
Those on an F-2 visa are not eligible to enroll in any classes. If they are interested in studying at PCC they would have to apply as a student and do a change of visa status from an F-2 to F-1.
They would need to apply. The application guidelines are listed on the International Students website.
The TOEFL is one of the ways a student can show they are proficient in English. We do accept other forms of proving English proficiency, this is listed in the guidelines.
Please click here for more information: http://www.pasadena.edu/internationalStudents/future/ApplicationChecklist.cfm
It is required that all students have a student visa if they are from another country.
We admit students for the program length, however if a student is only at PCC and then decides to leave we will not hold them against their wishes.
No, students who register for one or more classes need to pay for the whole semester (16 weeks) in prior from the starting date of the semester.
Estimated expenses per school year (US dollars) total $17,500 (Prices are subject to change).
The American government requires all International Students to complete 12 units each Fall and Spring semester. Winter Intersession and Summer sessions are optional. The total amount for 12 units would be approximately $3,564 per semester (16 weeks) including medical insurance.
Please click here for more information: http://pasadena.edu/internationalStudents/ISFees.cfm
ESL tutors are located at the ESL Center (D-306), and ESL students can see them for free.
No, only currently enrolled ESL students at PCC can see a tutor.
Please refer to their website: http://www.pasadena.edu/divisions/language/eslcenter/index.cfm?dept=esl-bsi
Yes, there are foreign language tutors at the LAC (Learning Assistance Center) located at: D-300. Please refer to their website for more information: http://www.pasadena.edu/studentservices/lac/
A course that in repeatable for credit can be repeated as many times as allowable unit maximum credit is earned.