Academic Programs

Whether boosting your skills to enter a workforce preparation course of study, preparing for your High School Equivalency Examination, or refreshing your skills for college entrance, the Academic Preparation Department can help you to achieve your goal.  

Based upon your entrance exam scores (TABE) and your personal goals, you will be placed in a course of study best suited to your current needs and future goals.  From there, the academic preparation department professors and Long Island EOC counselors will assist you in completing the program and fulfilling your dreams.   

College Preparation

The College Preparation Academy is a great way to make the college experience less stressful from the beginning and to save money by making expensive remediation classes unnecessary.  It is geared toward students who have a desire to attend college in the near future but feel the need to refresh or enhance skill sets prior to beginning the journey.  After a student completes the first semester consisting of English for College, Algebra for College, and the Pre-Freshman seminar, he or she may elect enroll in the advanced math or lab science coursework.   

English for College (ENGL 1310) 

  • This course focuses on providing students with the skills necessary to pass a college entrance examination and successfully transition to the college environment.  In this course, students will review and reinforce conventions of Standard English Grammar in the areas of usage, mechanics, sentence structure, diction, and syntax.    Students will begin to develop individual writing styles while strengthening composition skills in the areas of organization, support, unity, clarity, and coherence. Various types of essay writing will be explored and the preparation of a research paper will be addressed.  Additionally, students will improve active reading skills by exploring various text types/genres and discovering/evaluating/analyzing the organizational structures, language conventions, and text features unique to each.  Finally, vocabulary acquisition will be addressed through stand-alone units, the context of class readings, and the post-writing editing process

Algebra for College (MATH 1210)

  • This course represents an accelerated Beginning Algebra course that is designed to provide students with the fundamental skills necessary for higher level mathematics and sciences and for entry into college. Topics covered include foundational algebra, equations and inequalities, polynomials and trinomials, graphing, exponents and radicals, and quadratic equations. After completing the course, students are well prepared for college placement exams and foundational college mathematics coursework.
 Pre-Freshman Seminar (CALS 1500) 
  • This course assists in preparing students for a successful transition to college life. A series of workshops will address academic, social, economic, and health factors to be considered when selecting, applying to, and enrolling in college.  This course will assist students in being successful during their first college semester by providing soft-skills and discussing support systems available.  Additionally, students will receive assistance in selecting appropriate institutions and courses of study, completing applications, preparing essays, and addressing the requirements of financial aid.   

 

 

Intermediate Algebra (MATH 1110)

  • This is an advanced course which builds upon the skills developed in Algebra for College. It is designed for students who plan on majoring in a field where the understanding of mathematical concepts are necessary. Topics covered include real numbers and functions, linear functions of absolute values and inequalities, rational expressions and functions, and radical and exponential functions, and logarithms. The prerequisite for this course is the successful completion of MATH 1210.
Biology with Lab (SCIE 1400)
  • This course is designed to provide students with the basic concepts of life science necessary for success in the health and science fields. Content will focus on the study of living organisms with an emphasis on human biology with an exploration of the concept of life on the cellular, chemical, and complete organism levels. The systems of the human body and their roles in the maintenance of life will provide a foundation for understanding the processes by which organisms survive. Laboratory activities will be designed to include the application of the scientific method and organized report writing, while demonstrating and reinforcing lecture concepts.

Chemistry with Lab (SCIE 1300)

  • This course will provide students with a fundamental understanding of qualitative and quantitative properties of chemicals in our lives. Topics covered include standards of measurement, elements and compounds, properties of matter, atomic theory and structure, chemical equations, bonding, and nomenclature. Laboratory activities will be designed to include the application of the scientific method and organized report writing, while demonstrating and reinforcing lecture concepts.

High School Equivalency Preparation

TASC Students who are enrolled in the HSE Preparation Program will receive instruction in the five content areas tested. The complete HSE course block meets four days a week for approximately 20 hours per week. Students who have passed individual sections of the TASC examination will be exempted from the corresponding class session. Courses are offered in each of our sites during day and evening hours.

  • Reading
    • Locating Main Ideas 
    • Identifying Supporting Details
    • Examining Text Structure
    • Evaluating Textual Evidence
    • Assessing point of View
    • Writing
    • Grammar
    • Mechanics
    • Usage
    • Essay Writing 
  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
    • Geometry
    • Functions
    • Statistics and Probability
  • Science
    • Life Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Earth and Space Science 
  • Social Studies
    • American History
    • World History
    • Economics
    • Civics
    • Geography 

About the TASC

New York State selected the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™) to replace the General Educational Development (GED®) as the primary pathway to a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma.  The test takes approximately nine hours to complete and is used to verify that testers have knowledge in core content areas equivalent to that of graduating high school seniors. 

First time testers must take the test in its entirety except for students who have previously taken the 2002 version of the GED* and those who have passed NYS Regents Examinations**.  Once the entire test has been taken or the other criteria met, a tester may take component the tests needed to receive a diploma.  

*Grandfathering GED® test scores: A candidate may use up to four (4) passing GED® sub-tests (score of 410 or above) taken between 2002-2013 to count towards earning a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma  

*Individuals who have passed Regents Examinations can substitute those passing scores for a maximum of four of the five corresponding Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™) subtests.

Resources

ABOUT THE ACCUPLACER EXAMINATION

The Accuplacer is a test used by colleges to assist in placing students in courses which will both support and enhance a student’s current academic skill sets.  The test is divided into five multiple choice tests in five content areas – Arithmetic, College Level Math, Elementary Algebra, Reading Comprehension, and Sentence Skills.  The sixth section requires students to write an essay based upon a prompt. 

Key things to know about the Accuplacer: 

  • The test is administered by computer.
  • Colleges may select to offer all or only some parts of the test.   
  • The test is NOT timed.  You should work at your own pace. 
  • The test is ADAPTIVE.  This means that the difficulty level of each question is based upon individual responses to previous questions.  The more questions answered correctly, the more difficult the test becomes.   
  • The test is not scored based upon the percentage of questions answered correctly.  Scores range in numerical values from 20 to 120.  The number indicates a skill level which assists the college in appropriately placing students into academic courses. 

Resources

For additional information about the Accuplacer:

https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/student

For practice Accuplacer Questions:

http://www.accuplacerpracticetest.com/