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Online Learning Assessment

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A growing number of college courses and programs are offered online. But online learning takes different abilities and skills than classroom learning. Is it right for you? Find out.

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"There are lots of different types of online learning. For instance, when I got Halo3, I learned that you should throw those spike grenades on walls rather than on the ground."

"It’s a long story… Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that you can do a lot of great learning online. And you don’t even have to be a gamer or computer expert. It’s not for everyone though. It all depends on how you learn best. Check out this handy tool and find out if online learning is right for you."

Learning online requires different skills, abilities and equipment. Here are some guidelines:

Most online courses require college-level reading and writing ability. As writing is the main method of communication, you need to consider whether your skills are adequate to do well in college-level classes.

Some courses will have specific prerequisites. Others may provide guidelines for appropriate levels of ability in English within the course itself. Each college also has standards related to entry and placement tests.

If you are unsure about your academic abilities, please contact your college’s assessment office, an advisor, your college’s Distance Learning staff, or the instructor for the course you are considering.

Take this quiz to find out if you are ready to take online classes.

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