Assessment Testing

Students requesting assessment services or records must have a valid, photo ID and their WID number to take exams or receive records of exams.

Accepted forms of ID:

  • Driver’s license
  • High school ID
  • College ID
  • State or federal ID
  • Passport
  • Tribal ID
  • Naturalization card or certificate of citizenship

Placement Tests Available

Ability to Benefit Test

Federal regulations state that if a student does not have a high school diploma or equivalent and if he/she applies for federal financial aid, that student must demonstrate an ability to benefit from instruction. This is done by getting a certain score on a test that has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Department of Education has indicated that students who were enrolled in a financial aid eligible program prior to July 1, 2012 will continue to be eligible to take the ATB test after July 1, 2012.

New students or students who were not enrolled in college courses prior to July 1, 2012 are not eligible to take the ATB test.

Students who were enrolled in college courses prior to July 1, 2012 must contact the Financial Aid Office, for approval to take the ATB test.

Once a student receives an email from the Financial Aid Office confirming that they are eligible to take the ATB test, call the Assessment Office at 916-558-2541 to confirm that you are placed on the approved ATB list and to make your appointment.

Accuplacer ATB tests may only be repeated one time within a 3 month period with a counselor’s referral. There must be a minimum of 2 weeks between the initial test and the retest.

Chemistry Diagnostic Exam

The Chemistry Diagnostic Exam, if passed, allows you to place directly into CHEM 400. If you don’t place into CHEM 400 through the exam, you will need to complete the prerequisite CHEM 300 class or equivalent.

The Chemistry Diagnostic Exam can only be taken once a semester and exams must be a minimum of 30 days apart.

English as a Second Language Placement

English as a Second Language (ESL) testing is used for guidance when selecting college courses and/or used for prerequisite compliance that must be presented to ESL instructors when English is not the student's primary language.

Sample questions and practice tests are available at no cost on the Accuplacer Study App.

1st Part: ESL Essay

The 35 minutes ESL Essay is done by pencil and paper.


The ESL-ACCUPLACER assessment will be given immediately after completing the 1st part, ESL Essay. The computerized test will take approximately 2.5 hours.

The ESL Testing results will be available four (4) working days after taking your test.

Students may only retest once after and must wait 30 days before testing again anywhere in the district.

Math Competency for Graduation

Graduation Proficiency Math testing may be required for graduation if coursework is not completed in math or if evidence of competency passed is not presented at the time of petitioning for an AA or AS degree. There are two different math competency tests depending on the student's catalog rights. Students must meet with a counselor to complete the Math Competency Approval Form prior to scheduling a math competency testing appointment.

Math Competency for Graduation test may be taken no more than four times in any two year period and no more than twice in a semester or once during the summer session.

Study Guides

Testing Dates


Phone: (916) 558-2541
Fax: (916) 558-2333


Monday to Thursday: 
8:00 am to  4:30 pm

8:00 am to  3:00 pm

(These are different from testing hours.)


Student Services Building, STS 140
3835 Freeport Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95822