Assessment & Testing

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 students enroll in courses that are the best fit for them. 

Placement testing is REQUIRED for English, Math and Reading.  You may retake English, Reading, or Math once (after a 24 hour waiting period). However, it is important to prepare properly and do your best.  You can only have three valid scores in system within two years.

For example: if you took a test today, you could retest tomorrow if necessary. For the third test, instead of waiting one year, youcan take it as soon as three months from the first attempt date. After that, if you needed to retest, you would need to wait for the first score to expire.

New students should plan on taking their placement tests before seeing their academic advisor.  There is no charge to take placement tests.

To take a test, you must present:

  • A valid and current picture identification.
    • This includes students under the age of 18.
    • An original ID (not a photocopy or reproduction).  
  • Your MCCCD Student ID number.  

NOTE:  Some colleges require appointments while others can accommodate walk-in testing.  Check in advance.

Photo ID Requirements

Acceptable forms of photo ID include:

  • Driver’s License or State ID
  • School ID
  • Passport
  • Military ID
  • Tribal ID
  • Naturalization Card
  • Official school transcript with photo, official seal must cover part of photo

Unacceptable forms of photo ID include:

  • Charge, bank, credit or check cashing cards
  • Employee ID
  • Photo ID issued for promotional purposes (e.g. amusement park)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Organization Membership Card
  • Child Find ID Card
  • Police Report of stolen wallet or purse
  • Parents Photo ID
  • Graduation Photo
  • Fishing or Hunting License
  • Web page with photo

Check the site information for your college to confirm locations, testing dates/times and local testing regulations. 

Placement Test Cutoff Scores determine what course a student should be placed in.