Assessment Tests

There are three types of Assessment Tests offered at City College:
  • English:
    This test is designed for native speakers of English. If English isn't your primary language, but if you are very comfortable using English and use it most of the time, then the English Placement Test is the right one for you to take.  ENGLISH ASSESSMENT TESTS MAY BE RETAKEN AFTER 1 YEAR.

  • English for Non-Native English Speakers (English for Speakers of Other Languages - ESOL):
    The ESOL Program is designed to prepare students to read, write, speak and listen at a level that enables them to succeed in college courses. This test is appropriate if English is not your primary language, you are not very comfortable with English, or if you speak, read, and write your native language most of the time. The program consists of four levels and the student is assigned a level based on the results of his or her placement test.

  • Mathematics:
    There are two mathematics tests available – Arithmetic and Elementary Algebra. The Arithmetic test will help you determine if you have the necessary skills to be successful in the algebra courses. The Elementary Algebra test will help you determine if you are ready for transfer level mathematics courses. Choose the test that most closely matches the last mathematics course you took.  MATH ASSESSMENT TESTS MAY BE RETAKEN AFTER 1 YEAR.  STUDENTS WHO WANT TO RETEST IN MATH EARLIER THAN 1 YEAR MUST TAKE A REFRESHER SESSION/WORKSHOP/COURSE OR ADVANCEMENT EXAM.
Accuplacer
We use an online assessment test known as Accuplacer.   You can view sample questions directly on the Accuplacer website or download the following San Diego City College Assessment Guide.