Placement Test Information
To ensure priority registration, all new students are required to take the English and mathematics placement tests prior to enrollment unless they are exempted at the time of application.
The English, ESL and math tests are not "pass or fail." They simply measure your proficiency in English and math to help you pick the right courses. It is very important that students take this seriously. There are restrictions on re-testing. Test results are only valid for 2 years.
The test sessions are 2.5-3 hours in length. You will be taking the English and math tests in the same session. Test results will be given to you 15-30 minutes after you complete your test.
Who is exempt from Assessment Testing?
All eligible exemptions must be turned into the Enrollment Center.
Eligible exemptions from the placement test may include one of the following:
- Students who have taken a placement test at a California Community College (including GWC) within the last two years for placement in math and/or English (excludes ESL).
- Students who have received a score of "3" or above on an AP math and/or AP English exam for placement in math and/or English.
- Students who have successfully completed the prerequisite at another college and submit official or unofficial transcripts to prove successful completion (grade of C or better) of the prerequisite course(s).
- High school students who have taken an Early Assessment Program (EAP) within the last year and have received a "Standard Exceeded" status for English and/or math.
For how long are my test results valid?
All test results are valid for 2 years. Be sure to carefully select the tests that you need to take. Students may retest after the validity period has expired. A challenge process is in place for students who want to challenge their placement test before the validity period has expired.
- You must wait one year before retaking a placement test and are permitted to retake the math portion only if they are taking a different math level.
- You must wait for one year before retaking the English placement test.
- E.S.L students must wait six months before retaking the E.S.L test.
- A challenge process is available for English, E.S.L. and mathematics should you want to challenge your placement. You will need to go to Assessment Center to start the challenge process.