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 both resources available on campus, and terminology you can expect to hear to while enrolled at Miramar.

The Assessment office will be closed on July 4th,and will be offering limited services on July 27th.


What is the Assessment?

The Assessment is used to determine your placement level.

Assessment Hours

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

In addition to normal testing hours, the Assessment Office will offer testing, Saturday, July 21st at 8:30a.m.  Please contact the office to reserve a spot. 

Who Should take the Assessment?

The Assessment is an important part of determining your math, English, or ESOL 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 Status*  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.
  • Tests are not timed. You should allow at least two hours for assessment testing.  Materials are not allowed while testing, i.e., calculators, cell phones, dictionaries, electronic devices, etc.  Scratch paper will be provided by your test proctor.  Please be sure to get plenty of rest prior to your assessment test(s), and be sure to eat a healthy meal before testing.
  • 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 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.
  • It is recommended to schedule your test appointment at least a week in advance.
  • You may schedule your appointment in person or by phone at the Assessment Office (619) 388-7379 or K2-108.
  • Testing accommodations are available to students with disabilities.  For assistance, please contact the Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) at (619) 388-7312.


Instructional Proctoring

For instructors interested in using our Proctoring Services, see the above link for information. Note that proctoring is offered as part of a pilot program that will run through the end of June, 2018.

Instructional Proctoring Services


The Assessment Center is piloting a program to offer campus-wide proctoring services for institutional testing needs and make-up exams, with a focus on proctoring online courses. The pilot program began in April 2017 and will run through the end of June 2018 for any Miramar College faculty that wish to use this service.