Assessment Center Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need an appointment to take a placement test?
Appointments are only needed for testing during peak times which are the months of July and August .The placement test is offered year-round. For any other month the test is give on a walk-in basis, first-come, first-served. Please read all the details on the monthly test schedule.

What do I need to take a test?
You should have submitted an Application for Admission for the semester you will be attending.A legitimate form of a picture identification card and (high school ID, California ID, or passport) and your 7-digit Cerritos Student ID number.

How long are the tests?
The placement tests are NOT timed. If you are taking English, reding, math or ESL, it can approximately take 2.5 hours to complete the test.

When do I get my test results?
Your test result are upon completion of the test. Test results will post on the college computer system by the next morning.

Can I re-take a test?
Yes, all tests may be repeated ONE time after 18 weeks (4 1/2-months) from the initial test date.

Where can I get a duplicate copy of my test results?
Your test results will be posted on your unofficial transcript.  You may print your unofficial transcript from your MyCerritos account.

Do I have to retest if I took the assessment over four years ago?
See a counselor for advice.

If I have a degree from another college, do I have to take the placement test?
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 a test, but they need to see a counselor at the Counseling Department.

If I'm not taking a Math, English or Reading class, do I have to take a test? 
Assessment is required for all first-time, new to any college, students prior to enrollment. If you are not new to college, please see a counelor for advice.

Can I bring my own calculator?

Calculators are not allowed. However, the Accuplacer testing system offers a pop-up calculator on selected math problems.