Student Testing and Assessment Centers provide academic and vocational testing to help students accomplish their educational goals.
Placement tests are simply a tool to help you enroll in the most suitable courses. Placement testing is required for English, Math, and Reading. You may retake the placement test for English, Reading, or Math once (after a 24 hour waiting period). It is important, however, to prepare properly and do your best on the test from the start.
You can only have 3 valid scores in the system within a 2-year time period. For example, if you took a test today, you could retest tomorrow, but for the third test, you would need to wait for at least three months from the first attempt date. After that, if you needed to retest, you would have to wait for the first score to expire.
New students should plan on taking placement tests before seeing an academic advisor. There is no charge to take a placement test.
Taking a Placement Test
- You will need valid and current picture identification
- Includes students under the age of 18
- Must be an original ID (not a photocopy or reproduction)
- Your MCCCD Student ID number (this is an 8-digit number that begins with the number "3")
You can take your placement test at any of our colleges. Some colleges require appointments while others can accommodate walk-in testing. Be sure to check your college's policies in advance. We also offer proctored testing for out-of-state students. In addition to the Accuplacer, we also offer CELSA, High School Equivalency Exam, DSST and other exams (types of exams do vary by college).
A list of acceptable photo identification is provided on the Identification (ID) Requirements document.
Check with your specific college to confirm locations, testing dates/times, and local testing regulations.
Placement Test Cutoff Scores determine what courses you will need to take. For help in preparing for the Placement Test, refer to these resources: