Assessment Office


New students must complete the Online Orientation and bring the certificate of completion on the day of your test.  The orientation is designed to familiarize new students with important resources available to them at Miramar College.


  • Procedural changes to assessment will go in to effect April 22nd, please contact the office as the date approaches for more information.


What is Assessment?

The Assessment is used to determine your placement level.


Assessment Hours

The Assessment Office will be closed on April 3rd, 11th & 12th, 19th, 25th, & 29th for training and large group testing services.

The monthly schedule can be found to the right underneath "Important Documents". English, math, and ELAC are offered on a walk-in basis.


Who Should take the Assessment?

The Assessment is an important part of determining your math, English, or ELAC class.

Important Information For Students:

The assessment tests should be taken very seriously.  It is strongly encouraged that students take the time to prepare for the assessment tests as it can have a significant impact on score placement when a student is best prepared and takes the assessments seriously. Doing poorly on the assessment test(s) can add additional classes and cost to your college plan. Please keep in mind, if your goal is to place into college level math, you will want to study for the Elementary Algebra assessment. The English assessment has two sections: Sentence Skills and Reading / Comprehension.  Please review the sample test questions and study resources available under "Important Documents."

  • Accuplacer study app - A free study app available in an app store
  • Khan Academy is free study resource available to students.


Alternative Placement Measures / Test Exemptions


Students with qualifying scores from alternative tests, prior completing of college English or math, or assessment results from another California community college may be exempt from taking the assessment test.

 Alternative Placement Measures


Minimum required Score

 English  Math
 SAT  550  570
 ACT  22  23
 EPT  147  --
 ELM  --  50
 SBAC/CAASPP EAP   4 - Standard Exceeded: Ready for college level English coursework.  4 - Standard Exceeded: Reader for college level math coursework.


Students should submit official college transcripts and official copies of alternative test measures to the district office at:

San Diego Community College District

Attn. Student Services

3375 Camino del Rio South

San Diego, CA 92108-3883


Taking the Assessment Test

  • A Government Issued picture ID or Student ID, and your San Diego Community College Student Identification Number (CSID) are required at the time of your assessment. Pictures of ID's or copies are not acceptable forms of Identification.
  • New students must provide proof of completing the Online Orientation.
  • English/math tests are not timed. You should allow at least one hour per subject for assessment testing.
  • Scratch paper will be provided by your test proctor, but other materials are not allowed while testing ,i.e. calculators, cell phones, dictionaries, electronic devices, etc.
  • Upon completion of your test(s) you will be given a copy of your placement scores. Your scores will be posted within one business day to your student records. You may also view your placement levels through your Reg-e.
  • Counseling will interpret your results, and utilize them to help you develop a semester plan.

Please be sure to get plenty of rest prior to your assessment test(s), and be sure to eat a healthy meal before testing.


ELAC- English Language Acquisition (Formerly ESOL)

  • ELAC assessment is offered on a walk-in basis
  • ELAC is a timed 45-minute assessment.
  • Test samples may be found under "Important Documents."
  • Beginning level students are not required to take the ELAC test. Students may choose to enroll in beginning ELAC classes without taking the assessment.
  • Testing accommodations are available to students with disabilities.  For assistance, please contact the Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) at (619) 388-7312.