Important: With the newly enacted Assembly Bill 705, students who graduated from a United States high school in the last 10 years will receive English and Math placements using high school records instead of standardized assessment tests. Those students will be able to view their placements in their eServices accounts. To view your placements, login to eServices, click on the Academic Records tile, then Placements. Please contact the Assessment Office to schedule an appointment.
ESL Assessment Tests: If you are still learning English, then you can take an English as a Second Language (ESL) assessment test, which will place you in an ESL class that matches your skill level. Please visit the ESL Placement page to sign up for an ESL assessment test.
ATB and Math Competency Testing: All ATB and Math Competency testing is cancelled until further notice. Please check back to this page for updates or you may call the Assessment/Placement office at (916) 691-7332 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information About Assessments
The ESL test is for students whose native language is not English and who wish to enroll in ESL classes. The first part of the test is a 30 minute timed written essay. The second part is an Accuplacer computerized test for grammar, listening and reading. Results are available one to two weeks after testing and can be found online in student's eServices account.
Mathematics graduation competency may be satisfied by passing timed competency tests, or by completing specific courses as listed in the Graduation Requirements section of the catalog. Please see your counselor to determine which examination below is appropriate.
- Elementary Algebra - The test is composed of 35 elementary algebra items. No calculators are permitted. It is administered using paper and pencil, is timed, and is 30 minutes in length. Allow additional time for the entire session. A maximum of 4 attempts within a two-year period (2 times per semester, once in summer, 30 days between attempts) is permitted. Students with 2008-2009 or earlier catalog rights are eligible to take the Elementary Math Competency Exam. For more information see a counselor.
- Intermediate Algebra - The test is comprised of 20 intermediate algebra items. No calculators are permitted. It is administered using paper and pencil, is timed, and is 60 minutes in length. Allow additional time for the entire session. A maximum of 4 attempts within a two-year period (2 times per semester, once in summer, 30 days between attempts) is permitted. Students with 2009-2010 or later catalog rights are eligible to take the Intermediate Algebra Math Competency Exam. For more information see a counselor.
NOTE: Math Competency Tests are not available on a drop in basis. Call (916) 691-7332 to schedule an appointment.
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 which 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 ATB test.
NOTE: Ability-to-Benefit Tests are not available on a drop in basis. Call (916) 691-7332 to schedule an appointment.
Students who were enrolled in college courses prior to July 1, 2012 must contact the Financial Aid office at (916) 691-7325 for more information about ATB eligibility.
- Students have to be approved by the Financial Aid Office in order to take the ATB test
- Once a student receives an e-mail from the Financial Aid Office confirming that they are eligible to take the ATB test, call the Assessment Office to confirm that you are placed on the approved ATB list and make your appointment
The Ability-to-Benefit test is required for students who do not have a high school diploma or GED to establish eligibility for federal financial aid (e.g., Pell Grant, student loans). Two attempts are permitted, with a 2 week waiting period between. The Ability-to-Benefit test is an un-timed, three-part test consisting of language, reading, and math. The Ability-to-Benefit test is given by appointment only on scheduled days during the month to students who have been determined eligible to take the test by the Financial Aid Office. Call (916) 691-7332 to schedule an appointment. Note: If a student does not pass the ATB Test, skill improvement must be completed before rescheduling a subsequent test.
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