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Assessment is a tool used to assist college students in selecting courses best suited to their abilities and educational goals. Specifically, assessments help students identify their skill levels in English, Mathematics, and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages).

Who should take an Assessment test?

Students who plan to:

  • Take English or math courses
  • Take a course that has an English or math prerequisite
  • Obtain an associate degree
  • Transfer to a four-year college or university
Important Information For Students:

The assessment tests should be taken very seriously. If you are not satisfied with your test results, you will need to wait three (3) years before being allowed to retake the test.

Assessment-Placement Alternative Measures

The San Diego Community College District accepts select standardized tests as an alternative measure for assessment skill levels. Students should bring or send official copies of their SAT, ACT, EAP, EPT and/or ELM report directly to District Student Services to determine readiness for English 101 or 105 and for courses with a Math 096 prerequisite. All tests must have been completed within the past 2 years.

Test Minimum Score Required
SAT—ENGL 500
SAT—MATH 560
ACT—ENGL 22
ACT—MATH 23
EPT 151
ELM 50
EAP Ready for CSU College-Level English/Math Course

Students are exempt from the English and Math placement tests if they have earned an Associate in Arts degree or higher, or have taken the equivalent English or Math classes at another college or university. Official college transcripts should be sent to:

  • San Diego Community College District
  • Attn. Student Services
  • 3375 Camino del Rio South
  • San Diego, CA 92108-3883

Taking the Assessment Test

  • Placement tests are available on a walk-in basis, no appointment is necessary. The Assessment schedule is accessible online (download at right-see IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS) or in the Assessment Office, K-308, Admissions Department, K-207 or the Counseling Department, K-203.
  • A picture ID and your San Diego Community College Student Identification Number (CSID) are required at the time of your assessment. If you’re not sure what your CSID number is, look it up on Reg-E. (Click the "Get Your CSID" button.)
  • Prepare! Prepare! Prepare! Doing poorly on test(s) can add additional courses and cost to your college plan. Test samples may be found in the "Important Documents" section at the right hand sidebar.
  • Tests are not timed. You should allow at least 1 hour for either the English or Math assessment, 2 hours for both. No calculators, dictionaries or electronic devices are allowed.
  • Upon completion of your test(s) you will be given a copy of your placement scores. Your scores will be posted within 2 business days. You may also “View Your Placement Levels” on Reg-E.
  • An online virtual orientation of Miramar College and completion of a short quiz is recommended prior to taking your placement test(s). You may access the online Orientation at http://www.sdmiramar.edu/students/counseling/orientation
  • Counselors are available to assist students with semester planning on a walk-in basis in the Counseling Department, Room C-302. Bring your assessment results with you when meeting with a counselor.

ESOL English for Speakers of Other Languages

  • ESOL assessment is by appointment only. (Allow 2 hours for this test.)
  • Test samples may be found online at: http://sdmiramar.edu/students/admissions/assessment
  • Beginning level students (ESOL 19) do not need to take a test, you may register directly online at Reg-E for this level.
  • The Assessment schedule for ESOL testing is accessible online (download at right-See IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS). You may schedule your appointment in person or by phone at one of the following locations:
    • Assessment Office (619) 388-7379 or (858) 536-7379, Room B-203
    • Admissions Department (619) 388-7844 or (858) 536-7844, Room C-303
    • Counseling Department (619) 388-7840 or (858) 536-7840, Room C-302

Testing accommodations are available to students with disabilities. For assistance contact the Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) Office at: (619)388-7312 or (858)536-7212.