DRE Course Description

What is DRE (Developmental Reading and English)?

DRE is the State of North Carolina’s accelerated Developmental Reading and English program. It consists of three courses: DRE 096, DRE 097, and DRE 098. Students are placed in DRE courses based on North Carolina’s NCDAP (North Carolina Diagnostic Assessment and Placement) Reading, Revising, and Writing placement test. (See course descriptions below. Click here for placement scores)

Course Description:

DRE 096. Integrated Reading and Writing I. 3.0 Credits. Hours: Class-2.5   Lab-1.0

This course is designed to develop proficiency in specific integrated and contextualized reading and writing skills and strategies. Topics include reading and writing processes, critical thinking strategies, and recognition and composition of well-developed, coherent, and unified texts; these topics are primarily taught at the introductory level using texts primarily in a Lexile (TM) range of 960 to 1115. Upon completion, students should be able to apply those skills toward understanding a variety of academic and career-related texts and composing effective paragraphs. Please note: (TM) stands for registered trademark.

Prerequisite:  Appropriate placement test score.

DRE 097. Integrated Reading and Writing II. 3.0 Credits. Hours: Class-2.5  Lab-1.0

This course is designed to develop proficiency in integrated and contextualized reading and writing skills and strategies. Topics include reading and writing processes, critical thinking strategies, and recognition and composition of well-developed, coherent, and unified texts; except where noted, these topics are taught at a reinforcement level using texts primarily in a Lexile (TM) range of 1070 to 1220. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate and apply those skills toward understanding a variety of complex academic and career texts and composing essays incorporating relevant, valid evidence. Please note: (TM) represents registered trademark.

Prerequisites: Pass DRE 096 or appropriate placement test score.

DRE 098. Integrated Reading and Writing III. 3.0 Credits. Hours: Class-2.5   Lab-1.0

This course is designed to develop proficiency in integrated and contextualized reading and writing skills and strategies. Topics include reading and writing processes, critical thinking strategies, and recognition and composition of well-developed, coherent, and unified texts; these topics are taught using texts primarily in the Lexile (TM) range of 1185 to 1385. Upon completion, students should be able to apply those skills toward understanding a variety of texts at the career and college ready level and toward composing a documented essay. Note: (TM) represents registered trademark.

Prerequisites: Pass DRE 097 or appropriate placement test score.

NOTE:  Courses are integrated, accelerated, mastery-based and contextualized. Students will earn a P (pass) or R (Retake). DREs replaced ENG 080, ENG 085, ENG 090, ENG 095, RED 080 and RED 090.

Placement Testing

Placement testing provides an accurate and timely assessment of a student’s academic proficiency levels which helps CPCC verify that each student is placed in the most appropriate English course to ensure future success in the English program. Therefore, as a student, it is important that you do the best you can on the placement test. To learn more about the College’s placement testing requirements, please visit CPCC's Testing and Assessment Center.

DRE Help

Contacts: 

For more information about DRE classes, please contact the ACA, English, and Humanities Division office at 704.330.6506.