Welcome to the Assessment Center
No appointment is required to take the placement test during the fall 2013 semester. The placement test will be given on a walk-in basis, first-come, first-served.
Please arrive 30 minutes prior the start times of the test. You must bring your student number and picture ID.
"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 Advisory Notice.
It is strongly recommended to take the placement test at least two weeks prior to enrollment date.
Assessment of your reading, writing, mathematics, or ESL 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.
Requirements to take an assessment test:
The English, Reading, Math, and ESL placement tests are not timed tests and the average time students take for all three test is approx. 2 1/2 hours.
All tests are untimed, computer-adaptive, and multiple choice. A copy of the test results are given to the student upon completion of their test. Scores are posted by the next morning.
Understanding the difference between English and ESL placement test.
If you answer "YES" to one or more of the following questions, you should consider taking the ESL placement test.
The Assessment Center is located in the Administration Building, next to Career Services. - please see CAMPUS MAPS
English, Reading and Math Study GuidesAccuplacer Sample Questions.
Assessment Placement Test Exemptions
Students who already possess an A.A. degree or higher from an accredited college or university in the United States are not required to take the Assessment Test, but will be required to verifythedegree 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 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 enrollment.
If you have completed two semesters of 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.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Test
The ESL assessment test consists of 20 questions for Language Use, 20 questions for Sentence Meaning, and 20 questions for Reading Skills. The test is not timed, computerized, and multiple choice.
You can retest only once after waiting a time period of 18 weeks (4 1/2 months).
Accommodation for Special Needs
Any student with verified disability may arrange an appointment for an alternative administration of placement tests by contacting the Disabled StudentProgram. 562-860-2451, ext. 2333. The DSPS office is located in the Santa Barbara building.
For further information please contact the Assessment Center at (562) 860-2451, Ext. 2599 or 2598 or email: email@example.com