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Communications Proficiency

Communications Proficiency may be achieved in the following ways:

By Testing

  • A score of 68 or higher on the Reading section of the Computerized Placement Test plus a score of 7 or higher on the 12-point WritePlacer or a score of 4 or higher on the 8-point WritePlacer section of the Computerized Placement Test.
  • SATs taken prior to the redesign in 2016, a score of 500 or higher on the Reading portion of the SAT plus a score of 500 or higher on the Writing portion of the SAT. If students achieve a 500 or better in Reading but not Writing, they need to pass the WritePlacer Section of the Computerized Placement Test with a score of 7 or higher on the 12 point WritePlacer or a score of 4 or higher on the 8-point WritePlacer section of the Computerized Placement Test. If they achieve a 500 or better in the Writing but not the Reading, they need to achieve a score of 68 or higher on the Reading section of the Computerized Placement Test.
  • For the Redesigned SAT (taken 2016 or later) a score of 550 on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing section.
  • ACT English and Language Arts score of 22 or better
  • A PSAT score of 550 on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing section.
  • A score of 80 percent correct or higher on the entry level Massachusetts Firefighters' Exam.
  • A score at or above 85 percent correct on the Reading Comprehension portion of TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) version 3.0/4.0 plus a score of 7 or higher on the 12-point WritePlacer or a score of 4 or higher on the 8-point WritePlacer section of the Computerized Placement Test.
  • A score at or above 69 percent correct on the Reading Comprehension portion of TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) version V plus a score of 7 or higher on the 12-point WritePlacer or a score of 4 or higher on the 8-point WritePlacer section of the Computerized Placement Test.
  • A score at or above 54 percent correct on the Reading/Reasoning section of the CNET (Center for Nursing Education and Testing) Exam.
  • A score of 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement English Test.
  • Acceptance into the VERIZON Next Step Program.
  • An ACT English score of 22 or higher.
  • GED Reading/Language Arts score of 165+

By Course

  • Completing NSCC's FFL011, and FFL013 with grades of B+ or better.
  • Completing NSCC's FFL012 and FFL014 with C or better.
  • Completion and passing of Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) – CMP101 and FFL015
  • Completing NSCC's ESL 122 and ESL 128 with A's.
  • Transferring courses and grades equivalent to the above or higher.

By Degree

  • An Associate's Degree from a U. S. college or university will be accepted as demonstrated communications proficiency.
  • A Bachelor's Degree from a U. S. college or university will be accepted as demonstrated communications proficiency.
  • A Master's Degree from a U. S. college or university will be accepted as demonstrated communications proficiency.

For more information contact testing@northshore.edu

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