Lesson 1: Becoming a Successful Student

Student Learning Outcome:

1) Students will learn about the Last Date to Drop with no Record of Grade from the Academic Calendar.

2) Students will learn about the importance of placement testing for English and Math and the prerequisite clearance process.

Our goal is to actively involve you in each step of the process of discovering resources and options to help you achieve success.

Here is what you need to know about probation and disqualification. Here are the facts from the De Anza College catalog:

  • A student who has attempted a total of 6 or more quarter units as shown by the official academic record shall be placed on academic probation if the student has earned a cumulative grade point average below 2.0.
  • A student who is on academic probation shall be subject to dismissal if the student has earned a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.0 in all units attempted in a period consisting of three consecutive quarters.
  • Removal from probation: Removed from academic probation when cumulative grade point average is 2.0 or higher.
  • Lessons 4 - 5 will help you figure out strategies to improve your grade point average

Academic Calendar: It is very important to continuously review the De Anza College calendar for the current quarter. Drop dates, refund options, and P/NP election can come and go before you realize you need to take action. Don't let this happen to you! The current calendar is always published in the Class Schedule and the De Anza College website, click on "Calendar" on the homepage.


What is assessment or placement tests?

De Anza College students must take placement tests for English and Math unless you meet one of the following condidtions:  AP scores of 3 or higher or have completed college Math and English at another college, you may request for prerequisite clearance without taking placements test at De Anza.

  • Placement Testing: RSS Room 143 (408)864-8717
  • If you need prerequisite clearance for English and Math, please refer to the Prerequisite Clearance Form
  • It is very important to complete your English and math placement testing and course work as early as possible in the academic process. English reading and writing courses will help you be successful in your general education and major courses.


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1) Under Lesson 1 on your Worksheet, write in the "Last Date to Drop with no Record of Grade" for the current quarter. This information can be found in the current Academic Calendar.

2) Go to the Assessment Center website (the testing website will open in a new window). Determine which placement tests you still need to take. Which courses do you need to take in Math and English or ESL? Write down the courses on your Worksheet.

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Last Updated: 9/21/16