Summer Bridge

About Our Bridge Courses

Bridge courses are a great cost-effective option for college readiness. These free, non-credit, preparatory courses focus on necessary skills such as study skills, reading skills, test-taking strategies, and necessary content. Students taking a Bridge course are provided a guided online space to practice these skills before taking, or retaking, a placement test for entry to college courses.

Ideally, students who complete these courses will move more quickly into college level course work, be successful in those courses, and use less financial aid money in the process.

Summer 2024 Bridge courses run from June 3rd to July 5th & July 8th to August 9th.


Why take a Bridge course?

  • Increase Accuplacer Scores – Bridge courses review key material and skills addressed in the Accuplacer tests, helping students review and prepare for those tests.
  • Review Necessary Content – Students can boost their understanding of core concepts to prepare them for more rigorous material in college-level courses.
  • Save Monday and Time – Taking a free summer Bridge course could save money in the long run by removing the need to take one to four developmental courses, a cost between $670 and $4,000.

How does the Accuplacer inform placement into courses?

  • Accuplacer tests, offered at the Testing Center, consist of three main tests: Quantitative Reasoning and Statistics, Reading, and Writing. Additional math tests, Arithmetic and Advanced Algebra, are also offered for placement. Each test provides a score to assist in placing students in courses which match their current mastery of content. For more on the Accuplacer and Placement, see ECC’s Placement Testing and Placement Test Guide pages.

Which Bridge course do I need?

  • Pre-Algebra (MTH 030)
    • Students with an Arithmetic score of 259 or below are recommended to take this bridge. It focuses on operations involving whole numbers, integers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, and proportions.
  • Introductory Algebra (MTH 040)
    • Students with a Quantitative Reasoning score of 237 or above or an Arithmetic score of 260 or above are recommended to take this bridge. It focuses on solving linear and absolute value equations and inequalities, graphing on the xy-plane, finding slope and interpreting equations of lines, graphing linear inequalities, solving systems of equations with graphing, rules of exponents, and multiplication/division of polynomials.
  • Reading I/II (ENG 030/040)
    • Students with a Reading score of 239 or below are recommended to take this bridge. It is designed to improve students’ ability to read college level texts by building vocabulary and practicing reading strategies for active engagement.
  • Writing (ENG 050)
    • Students with a Writing score of 249 or below are recommended to take this bridge. It has been specially designed to teach foundational writing skills that prepare students for college-level writing courses. It includes an opportunity to write an essay for assessment of college readiness.