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Placement Tests (Assessment)

To determine which classes are right for you, you will need to complete assessment tests. Assessment test must be completed by:

  • Financial aid applicants
  • Students enrolling in English, English as a Second Language (ESL), reading and/or mathematics if they have not completed the prerequisite classes in college
  • Students enrolling in classes with an English, reading or mathematics prerequisite or recommendation level
  • Students who are planning to transfer or earn an associate degree or a career-tech certificate
  • The assessment tests are required for all new, non-exempt students.

You will receive your placement test results right after you complete the test(s).

In order to prepare for the placement tests, you may want to review some sample tests.  

The Assessment Center is located in College Center, Room 370.  Office hours vary. To schedule a placement test and to view their office hours, visit the Assessment Center website.

If you are not in one of the categories above, you may register for classes without taking a placement test. Students may challenge the requirement to participate in the assessment, orientation, and advising processes. Learn more at:  http://collegeofsanmateo.edu/enroll/educational.asp


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