The English 162 course is the first course in the developmental reading series of courses. Student enter this course by taking the English Accuplacer Placement test. Because this is the first course in the series, students by default end up in this course. Therefore, students taking this course comes at varied reading levels. The students' reading grade-levels are very low. The average grade-level range that this course should cater to is from the 4th-6th grade levels.
Because the grade levels are so varied, instructors have to focus on a key set of skills mentioned in the course outline. These skills are clearly outlined in the student learning outcomes.