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. Math and English assessments may only be retaken after one year.
Assessment-Placement Alternative Measures
The San Diego Community College District accepts select standardized tests as an alternative measure for assessment skill levels. Students should send official copies of their SAT, ACT, EAP, EPT and ELM scores 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.
||Minimum Score Required
||"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
- Assessment tests are available on a walk-in basis, no appointment is necessary. Assessment testing is offered Monday - Thursday from 9:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.; ESOL testing is offered by appointment. The Assessment schedule is accessible online (download at right-see Important Documents) or in the Assessment Office, K2-108.
- A Government Issued picture ID and your San Diego Community College Student Identification Number (CSID) are required at the time of your assessment. For new students, please complete the Online Orientation prior to testing; please bring the completed Online Orientation "Learning Outcomes Forms" with you to the Assessment office at the time of testing. Please refer to link:
- Prepare! Prepare! Prepare! Doing poorly on test(s) can add additional courses and cost to your college plan. Test samples may be found under the "Important Documents" section.
- Accuplacer now offers a free study app. Please refer to link:
- Tests are not timed. You should allow at least two hours for assessment testing. No materials are allowed while testing, i.e., calculators, cell phones, dictionaries or electronic devices, etc. Scratch paper will be provided by your test proctor.
- 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 to your student records. You may also “view your placement levels” on Reg-E.
- Once you have completed your assessment test(s), a score report will be created for you, and you will print out your placement levels. Counseling will interpret your results, and utilize your assessment results to help you develop a semester plan.
ESOL - English for Speakers of Other Languages
- ESOL assessment is offered by appointment.
- ESOl is a timed 45-minute assessment.
- Test samples may be found under Important Documents.
- Beginning level students (ESOL 19) are not required to take the ESOl test.
- The Assessment schedule for ESOL testing is accessible online (please refer to Important Documents). You may schedule your appointment in person or by phone at the Assessment Office (619) 388-7379, K2-108 (We are located in the Student Resource and Welcome Center).
- Testing accommodations is available to students with disabilities. For assistance, please contact the Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS)Office at: (619) 388.7312