New Students to Any College

New students are required to take assessment tests for math, English or English as a Second Language (ESL).

  • If your first language is not English, to be certain that you are able to succeed in college-level courses and to be placed in the best level for your skills, you should take an English as a Second Language test.
  • If you are a bilingual English speaker who needs help with writing, reading, grammar, listening, speaking, and/or pronunciation, you should take an English as a Second Language test.
  • If you are a native speaker of English, or have native- or near-native-level control of English writing, reading, grammar, listening & speaking, you should take an English assessment test.
  • If you are planning to enroll  in math or science classes you should take a math assessment test.

For testing schedule information, please see the Testing Schedule.

You are strongly advised to review the testing study guides for English, ESL, math, and other tests.

What to do after you complete your assessment tests

  • Call the Counseling Center at (916) 558-2204 to schedule an appointment
  • Bring your assessment results and high school transcripts to your counseling appointment
  • Bring your Advanced Placement (AP) or/and International Baccalaureate (IB) reports to your counseling appointment