Welcome to the Assessment Center
"Assessment" means the process of gathering information about an individual student to facilitate his or her success. At Cerritos College, assessment includes, but is not limited to, the collection of information regarding student's study skills. English language proficiency, aptitudes, goals, learning skills, career aspirations, academic performance, and need for special services.
Assessment and Orientation-Counseling (AOC) is required for first-time, new to any college, students prior to enrollment for the Summer or Fall 2013 semester.
New Students who are required to complete AOC will have two holds on their MyCerritos account: one for Assessment (ASM) and the other for Orientation-Counseling (ORI). Please view the Student Advisoy Notice.
It is very important to take the placement test two weeks pior to enrollment date.
At this time an appointment is NOT necessary to take the test.
Assessment of your reading, writing and mathematics skills will provide you with valuable information that will help you and your counselor select classes that are appropriate for your skill level. Proper assessment and enrollment will ensure you of the greatest opportunity for successful course completion.
Please note: The exceptions listed are assessment options for clearance or placement. To meet the required reading, math, English proficiencies necessary to qualify for the Associate in Arts Degree, ask a counselor.
Requirements to take an assessment test:
The English, Reading and Math tests are not timed tests and the average time students take for all three test is aprox. 2 1/2 hours. No no written essay is required.
All tests are computarized multiple choice tests. Test results are given to the student upon completion of their test.
Copies of the test schedule are available at the Admissions Office, Counseling Office, Financial Aid Office, Library, DSPS and Career Services.
The Assessment Center is located in the Career Services Center in the Administration Building - please see CAMPUS MAPS
English, Reading and Math Study GuideAccuplacer Sample Questions.
Assessment Placement Test Exemptions
Students who already possess an A.A. degree or higher are not required to take the Assessment Test,but will be required to verify thedegree by presentingofficial documents to the Admissions Office at least two weeks prior to registration.
Individual Assessment Test Exceptions For:
If you have completed English 100 or an equivalent three unit college-level composition course with a "C" grade or higher at an accredited college, you are exempt from the English Assessment. Please submit official proof (grade reports or transcripts) to a counselor prior to registration.
If you have completed Algebra I or II or higher with a "B" grade or higher at a high school or an accredited college, you are exempt from the Math Assessment. Please submit official proof (grade reports or transcripts) to a counselor.
Students who participate in advanced placement courses at their high schools and earn required scores on tests can earn college credit for those courseswhenthey come to Cerritos College.For further details ask a counselor.
A student who scored 3, 4, or 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement Tests in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Physics,Spanish,Economics, Government/Politicsand History will be eligible to receive college credit for the appropriate classes.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Test
The ESL consists of 75 multiple choice test questions. The test is timed for 45 minutes.
You can retest only once after waiting a time period of 4 1/2 months.
Accommodation for Special Needs
Any student with verified disability may arrange an appointment for alternative administration of English and Mathematics placement test by contacting the Disabled StudentProgram. 562-860-2451, ext. 2333. Alternative administration may include extended time, large print, readers or methods writers.
For further information please contact the Testing/Assessment Center at (562) 860-2451, Ext. 2599 or 2598 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org