Frequently Asked Questions
1. What does DRE stand for?
DRE is the prefix for Developmental Reading and English.
2. What are DRE courses and why might I need to take DRE courses?
Developmental Reading and English courses are a key component of COA's open-door admissions policy. In seeking admission to an academic program, you may find that you need to strengthen your reading and/or writing skills. DRE courses offer an opportunity to improve your critical reading, reading process, and writing process skills that will prepare you to enter the curriculum of your choice with a better chance of success.
3. How do I know if I need to take developmental reading and English courses?
All new students will take the College’s placement tests. These tests should be taken seriously as they impact the number of courses required to complete a program of study. Students can improve their performance on such placement tests by utilizing the study resources available prior to testing. DRE Placement Testing: The DRE NC-DAP test is comprised of 30 reading multiple-choice questions, 20 writing multiple choice questions (grammar), and the WritePlacer essay. Students may retest on the combined multiple-choice portion or the essay portion separately. *
||Placement Score Ranges
||Permanent Cut Scores
||151 or higher
||151 or higher
*Note: All DRE courses are sequenced and must be taken from lowest to highest number.
4. What are some benefits of taking DRE courses?
Since reading and English courses are combined, you can complete developmental reading and English coursework in eight weeks to 1 1/2 semesters (depending on placement). The integration of the reading and writing disciplines will reduce the amount of time needed to prepare for the college-level English course in your academic program; it also helps you graduate faster. Once you successfully complete DRE 098, you can start taking courses like ENG 111 and PSY 150.
5. What courses are included in the Developmental Reading and English (DRE) model?
Prior to summer 2014, Developmental Reading and English courses consisted of ENG 080, ENG 085, ENG 090, ENG 095, RED 080, and RED 090. Developmental Reading and English courses now consist of three, eight-week courses – DRE 096 through DRE 098. Each course is three credit hours.
6. What DRE courses correspond to the former ENG and RED courses?
ENG 070, ENG 075, and RED 070 is comparable to DRE 096.
ENG 080, ENG 085, and RED 080 is comparable to DRE 097.
ENG 090, ENG 095, and RED 090 is comparable to DRE 098.
7. How many credit hours is one DRE course?
Each DRE course is three (3) credit hours.
8. How long is a DRE course?
Each course is eight weeks long and meets for seven (7) hours a week. You can only enroll in one DRE course per eight (8) weeks.
A session is the eight-week period necessary to complete each DRE course.
10. How many sessions are there in one semester?
There are two, eight-week sessions offered in both the fall semester and the spring semester. There is one session offered in the summer.
11. Are DRE classes offered in the summer?
Yes, there is one summer session which lasts eight (8) weeks.
12. How many DRE courses can I enroll in during the summer?
Students can enroll in two DRE courses per semester until the DRE sequence is completed.
13. Where can I find DRE course descriptions and pre-requisites?
14. How do I know which DRE courses I should take?
You need to meet with an academic advisor prior to registering for DRE courses. An academic advisor will assist you in determining the required DRE courses based on your placement test scores.
15. What does a final grade of “P” mean?
Final grades for DRE courses will be “P” (Pass) or “R” (Re-enroll). A final grade of “P” (Pass) means that you passed the DRE course.
16. What does a final grade of “R” mean?
Final grades for DRE courses will be “P” (Pass) or “R” (Re-enroll). A final grade of “R” (Re-enroll) means that you did not pass the DRE course, and you need to re-enroll in the failed course. Students can’t take the next DRE course until a grade of “P” is received in the pre-requisite course.
17. What does a final grade of “W” mean?
A final grade of “W” means “withdrawn.” Students receiving a “W” either withdrew or were dropped by their instructor. Withdrawn students need to re-enroll. Withdrawn students need to re-enroll in the course for which a “W” was received.
18. Do I need to purchase a textbook for my DRE courses?
Yes, DRE courses will have a custom bundle package that includes a textbook, dictionary, and access card to Myskillslab. This bundle will only be available at COA’s bookstore.
19. Who can I contact if I still have questions?
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