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Why Guided Self-Placement?

One of the factors that influenced our decision to move toward guided self-placement was our steadfast belief that our faculty and advising staff are competent, well-meaning professionals.  We know our advisors will work with students to advise them through this process and encourage students to take advantage of the outstanding academic and student support services we already have in place. OTC knows effective placement goes beyond a student’s skill set and includes motivation, extra support when needed, and an environment that is right for learning.  We are confident the faculty and staff at OTC provide that environment.

Guided Self Placement Resources for Advisors and Faculty

In the tabs below you will find guided self placement resources for advisors and faculty. OTC organizes them by the time in the semester you need them.  If you would like to have any additional or different resources added, please contact us at

Are online classes right for your advisee?

Are online classes right for your advisee?

If your advisee has questions on whether or not online courses are a good fit… please feel free to direct them to OTC Online’s Student FAQ page for answers to questions like:

  • What do students like about an online course?
  • What do students not like about an online course?
  • How do labs work in an online course?
  • Do I ever have to come to campus?


What if my advisee doesn't remember what their GSP Math and/or English recommendations were?

What if my advisee doesn’t remember what their recommendations were?

Great news! As of SP 19, you (and your advisees) can now view their GSP recommendations in myOTC.

To view the results for your advisee (or any student you are working with), just click on the Test Scores tab in myOTC:


From here, you can see the type of test taken (Guided Self-Placement is GSP English and GSP Math), the date the test was taken, and the class recommendation based on the GSP.

*Please remember – Guided Self-Placement is a recommendation, not a placement test. Students can certainly take lower-level (or higher level) classes. Remind students that, when taken correctly, GSP is a good recommendation for where students could start to be successful in English and mathematics.

**Also, mind the date. Catalog changes sometimes change recommendations, particularly for math requirements.


Sometimes you will see No Recommendation next to a GSP test. This means one of two things: 1) the student did not complete that portion (English or math) on that date. Or, 2) There is no class of that type (English or math) associated with their degree or certificate.

You can also see other tests results, like ACT Scores, in this tab. Soon, there will be an update to this tab that shows the degree the student was pursuing when they took the GSP instrument, which will help you as the advisor know if those results are still relevant.



What are the "S" classes in Math? What is ENG 100?

What are the “S” classes in Math? What is ENG 100?

MTH 128S, MTH 130S, and ENG 100 are all OTC’s version of Corequisite courses in these disciplines.  We also call these “with support” classes.

A corequisite approach to providing developmental/remedial support to students is one where the developmental/remedial content is provided at the same time as the college-level content (rather than in a separate prerequite course taken prior to attempting the college-level corusework).  Current research supports a corequisite approach to increase student learning and completion in gateway courses.

Each of the corequisite, or support, classes is driven by the same objectives as their non-corequisite counterparts [ENG 100 is driven by ENG 101 objectives, and so forth].  As such, they satisfy the same requirements in the degree audit.  The corequisite, or support, class design provides students with more time, support, and individualized instruction to accomplish those objectives. Please note: this means the corequiste classes carry more credit hours than their non-prerequisite counterparts.

Please visit the course catalog for more information on these courses.


Making Changes During Open (or Late) Registration

Making Changes During Open (or Late) Registration

On the first few days of the first week of a given semester, any student can register for any open section of a course for which they are eligible.  During this period, online registration is open for all students. Please refer to the appropriate Academic Calendar and/or the registration dates on the Registrar’s page for the exact dates for the open registration period.

How do students register during open registration?

Please direct students to Student Planning, found in, or the student services area at your campus/location.

Making Changes After Open/Late Registration - But Before End of 100% Refund Period

Before End of 100% Refund Period

During the 100% refund period of  semester, currently enrolled students can add and drop courses, with no financial penalty, with permission of designated academic personnel*. During this period, OTC closes online registration.

The purpose of this period is to allow students who have misplaced themselves to move into a more appropriate course without incurring any financial penalties.

Who does OTC designate as academic personnel?  

Department Chairs, Program Directors, Deans, can facilitate these schedule changes.  Please refer to the document below for their contact information:

Making Changes After the End of 100% Refund Period

Making Changes After the End of the 100% Refund Period

NOTE: please be aware that any changes to a students’ schedule made after the 100% refund period. This will have a financial impact, and may also impact the student’s financial aid.  Please have your student work with staff in financial aid to explore these impacts before making any changes.

For students who find themselves in a class where they need additional assistance, please refer them to our FREE Tutoring and Library services.

You advisee may also find the following resources helpful:

What happened to the Bridge program?

What happened to the Bridge program?

With the discontinuation of COMPASS, it was no longer possible to identify students as being eligible for the Bridge to Success program.  So, as of SP 16 the Bridge program no longer exists.

Please check out the “After Week 1” Resources tab for resources you can provide to an advisee who needs academic support.

Do test scores outweigh/override placement with questions?

Do test scores outweigh/override placement with questions?

No.  Placement guidance is given to students using a combination of factors – no single factor outweighs any other.

Is Reading still a prerequisite for ENG 101? Where did all the development prerequisites go?

Is Reading still a prerequisite for ENG 101?

No, as of SP 16, there are no prerequisites for ENG 101.

With the discontinuation of the COMPASS, Department Chairs / Program Directors and Deans carefully reviewed the continued need for any developmental prerequisites. As of the curriculum committee meeting in FA 15, most developmental prerequisites were removed from courses.  Not sure if your course prerequisites changed?  Please check out (NOTE: valid OTC login required)

Access the original guided self-placement quizzes here.

-Guided Self Placement Resources for Advisors and Faculty

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