As components within the Choice Ready indicators, the College Ready English and Math (CREAM) and College Lab for English and Math (CLEM) programs are designed to provide high school seniors with the opportunity to take necessary developmental coursework required upon entering higher education. In addition to satisfying the requirements for course placement in college, successful completion of these courses also fulfill requirements for high school graduation in math and in English.

Student eligibility is based largely upon the results of scores from the ACT exam. Schools have the opportunity to teach/offer the courses utilizing their own staff (CREAM), or through the Center for Distance Education (CLEM). For more information on how to access CREAM/CLEM math or English at your school, please visit with your school principal or counselor.

CREAM and CLEM Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is CREAM a class?

A: CREAM is a  program designed to deliver two different courses which utilize the online learning tool through Pearson’s My Foundations Lab. Through this platform, students can access either the English course, the math course, or both.

Q: Who is supposed to take CREAM classes?

A: The programs are designed to provide the necessary coursework to high school seniors who scored lower on their ACT sub-tests in English and/or math than are required for course placement at the post-secondary level. If a student scored lower than an 18 on their English, or lower than 21 on their math sub-test, they would be a prime candidate to take either or both of the courses.

Q: Can CREAM courses be offered for high school credit?

A: Yes, and it is encouraged. Not only is it encouraged to have schools offer the courses for credit, these courses can satisfy the requirements toward high school graduation. This means a full credit can be counted from the English course and a full credit can be counted from the math course towards the graduation requirements. The high school course code for the English course is 05078, and the code for the math course is 11118.

Q: What is the purpose of CREAM?

A: Several years ago, it was identified that a high percentage of North Dakota high school graduates were needing to take remedial/developmental coursework upon entering college as a freshman. These developmental courses not only cost money and take time to complete, but they do not count towards the students’ college diploma requirements. The CREAM program is made available to provide these students with the coursework they would otherwise need to take but will save them time and money.

Q: How long does it take for a student to complete CREAM Math and/or CREAM English?

A: It is common for students take most of the school year to complete; however, being a self-paced course, it is possible for students to take less or more time.

Q: If a student begins a CREAM course, are they guaranteed to finish and/or be successful? 

A: Like any other course, there is no guarantee a student will successfully complete the course. However, we see most students successfully completing the course.

Q: How does a student advance through a course?

A: When a student is provided access to a course, they begin with a diagnostic pretest. The course content is then designed and prescribed to each individual student based on their identified needs from the pretest. Once a student successfully completes each module (think unit/chapter) at a satisfactory level, the student will conclude the course by successfully passing the end of course exam or post-test.

Q: Can students retake the post-test?

A: Yes, upon request, a student can retake a post-test.

Q: What if the student does not finish the program by the end of the school year?

A: For CREAM, if necessary, students are given the opportunity to complete the course in the summer.

Q: Why would my school want to offer CREAM courses?

A: The quickest answer is because of the obvious benefits for the individual student(s). These courses can provide students with required credits for high school graduation. These courses can provide students with the necessary courses they’d otherwise have to take once entering college. These courses, in turn, can save students time and money. Also, providing these opportunities for students can improve school accountability scores through the Choice Ready component.