Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about Remediation:

These FAQs address current requirements for continuing students. They may not apply to prospective students entering SJSU in Fall 2018.

 

Why do I have a remediation requirement?

  • Based on your standardized test scores (ACT, SAT, EAP, ELM and or EPT), you are required to complete English and/or Math remediation.

 

When will I need to start my remediation?

  • Most students with remediation requirements are required to enroll in Early Start classes in the summer prior to their first Fall term.  These classes are intended to help you prepare for your Fall English and/or Math classes.
  • Please see the Early Start website for more information.
  • Students admitted in spring 2018 will begin their remediation during spring semester.

 

I completed Early Start over the summer. Why do I still have a remediation requirement?

  • Early Start is just the beginning of your remediation requirement. You must successfully complete your required English and/or Math coursework in order to satisfy remediation.

 

I have a Math remediation requirement. Which SJSU Math courses can I take?

  • The majority of students will complete the Math 1005A (Fall) and Math 1005B (Spring) sequence. A select group of students will complete the UNVS 1015A(Fall) and UNVS 1015B/C (Spring) sequence based on their major and test scores.

 

I have an English remediation requirement. Which SJSU English courses can I take?

  • You will choose between English 1A and English 1AF/1AS (also known as Stretch English) after completing the Reflection on College Writing assignment. http://www.sjsu.edu/english/frosh/how_to_choose/ 
  • Both are GE-level courses and confer units toward your degree. ENGL 1AF (Fall) and ENGL 1AS (Spring) covers the same curriculum as ENGL 1A over the course of an academic year. Students who feel that they would benefit from moving at a slower pace may prefer the Stretch option.  

 

How do I get out of remediation?

  • You can satisfy remediation by passing the required courses during your first year at SJSU. For a detailed outline of current requirements, please refer to our Remedial Status for Spring 2018 PowerPoint. Once we have verified that your official grade clears remediation, the English Placement Test and/or the Entry Level Math Exam service indicator will be removed and you will no longer be in remedial status.

 

What if I don't register for a required English and/or math course?

  • Enrollment in courses that work towards satisfying your remediation requirement is mandatory. Failure to register for and attend a required course will result in all your classes being dropped or withdrawn for the semester. 
  • Students admitted in Spring 2018 will consult with their advisor at orientation regarding class choices.

 

Can I also enroll in other classes?

 

How long will I be in remediation?

  • All remediation requirements must be completed within your first year of enrollment. Once we have verified that your official grade clears remediation, the English Placement Test and/or the Entry Level Math Exam service indicator will be removed and you will no longer be in remedial status.

 

Your Second Semester:

For a complete guide to your second semester, please refer to our Remedial Status for Spring 2018 PowerPoint

 

What about registration for my second semester?

  • You MUST be enrolled in the appropriate required class (Math, English, or both) in Spring in order to be enrolled in any classes.
  • Please see our Remedial Status for Spring 2018 PowerPoint for guidance on appropriate Spring classes.
  • In addition to your required English and/or math class, you may only  register for courses on the Approved Courses for Remedial Students list.  

 

What if I fail my first semester English and/or math course?

  • If you fail ENGL 1A in the Fall, then you must enroll in ENGL 1A in the Spring at SJSU or at a community college and provide proof of registration to Developmental Studies.
  • If you fail ENGL 1AF in the Fall, then you must enroll in ENGL 1A in the Spring at SJSU or at a community college and provide proof of registration to Developmental Studies.
  • If you fail Math 1005A, then you must enroll in Math 1005B AND Math 1005W in the Spring.  You also have the option of taking an Intermediate Algebra course at a community college. You must also provide proof of registration to Developmental Studies.
  • If you fail UNVS 1015A, you must enroll in UNVS 1015B and UNVS 1015C in Spring.
  • If you earn a WU in UNVS 1015A, you must take an Intermediate Algebra or GE Area B4 course at a community college and provide proof of registration to Developmental Studies.
  • If you failyour English and/or Math course in your first semester, you will still be able to enroll in Approved Courses for Remedial Students your second semester.  However, you must also be enrolled in a required class (Math, English or both) in order to be enrolled in any classes at SJSU.
  • For more information, please refer to our Remedial Status for Spring 2018 PowerPoint 
  • If you have additional questions, please email developmentalstudies@sjsu.edu.
  • It is always recommended that you seek academic advising if you fail a course.

 

What if I haven't completed remediation by the end of my second semester and I don't qualify for an extension?

  • You must complete remediation within one year. This means you may still satisfy remediation by taking an appropriate course at SJSU or a community college during the Summer semester. For example, a Fall 2017 admit must satisfy remediation BEFORE the start of Fall 2018 classes. You may take a Summer 2018 course to satisfy remediation.
  • Once you register for a Summer course, you must submit proof of registration to developmentalstudies@sjsu.edu to avoid being placed on an EO 665 Leave of Absence.  
  • For a list of CC-SJSU Equivalent Courses please click here.

 

What if I decide not to attend SJSU for a second semester?

  • Students who have not cleared their remediation requirements and decide not to attend SJSU for a second semester will be placed on EO 665 Leave of Absence.
  • If a student on a leave of absence wants to return to SJSU within the next year, the remedial requirement must be met first. Beyond one year, a student must reapply to the University once they have reached junior status. See the section on being placed on an EO 665 Leave of Absence.
  • If you have additional questions, please email developmentalstudies@sjsu.edu

 

Are there exceptions to the one-year time limit?

The following exceptions apply to the one-year limit for completing remediation:

  • The Accessible Education Center can request an extension for completion of remediation on a case-by-case basis to accommodate certain disabilities.
  • Students who were unable to enroll in remedial course because it was not available will be granted an additional semester to complete the requirement. Only one extension of this nature is allowed.
  • Students who have resided in the United States for less than 8 years can receive an additional semester to complete English remediation at a community college.

 

Enrollment Beyond one year:

What if I don’t satisfy remediation within one year and have not been granted an extension?

  • You will be placed on an EO 665 Leave of Absence and will have up to one year to complete your remedial requirement at a community college.  You will NOT be eligible to take SJSU or Open University courses while you are on the Leave of Absence.
  • If you complete your remediation requirement within one year, you can return to SJSU without having to reapply.
  • If you do not complete you remediation requirement within one year, you must re-apply to SJSU as a transfer student once you have reached junior status.
  • If you have additional questions, please email developmentalstudies@sjsu.edu.

 

How can I satisfy my remediation requirement with a community college course?

  • You must take approved community college courses to satisfy your remediation requirement. For a list of CC-SJSU Equivalent Courses please click here.
  • Courses taken at a community college in order to complete a remedial requirement at SJSU must be passed with a grade of "C-” or better. Once enrolled at the community college, you must submit proof of registration to Developmental Studies at developmentalstudies@sjsu.edu.
  • Be advised that online courses will only be accepted for completion of remediation requirements upon submission of documentation to Developmental Studies that at least one exam or paper was completed in a proctored setting.  
  • Once you complete an approved course with a grade of C- or better, send your unofficial transcript to Developmental Studies at developmentalstudies@sjsu.edu and an official transcript to SJSU Admissions.

 

Other:

I am a Spring admit. Do I have to participate in the Early Start Program?

  • Students who have been admitted for Spring semester are exempt from the Early Start requirement, but they are subject to all requirements imposed by Executive Order (EO) 665.

What is a service indicator?

  • Students with remediation requirements will see an English Placement Test and/or Entry Level Math Exam service indicator on their records. This will be listed under holds but will not prevent registration. We will remove this service indicator once we have verified that your official grades clear remediation.

 


[Page last updated December 15, 2017]