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The English, English as a Second Language (ESL) and math assessments help you to determine the appropriate English, ESL and math courses for your current learning needs. Testing is required before enrollment into English or to enter into math courses unless you have completed the prerequisite course/courses at another college or university. Testing is recommended before enrollment into any ESL course.


While the English and math Assessment tests are taken on a computer, the ESL Assessment is not computerized at this time. If you are taking both the math and English assessments, please allow at least five (5) hours to complete the process. Students taking the ESL assessment should plan on spending 5 hours to finish both sections (time is dependent on your English language proficiency).


You must submit an application for admission before making an appointment for assessment testing. Please wait at least 24 hours after submitting your application for admission before trying to schedule an appointment for assessment.


Students with Disabilities who need accommodations should first contact the Disabled Students Program and Services (DSPS) at (510) 464-3428. After receiving the Academic Accommodations Authorization form from DSPS, please contact Blanca Montes de Oca at (510) 464-3260 or email in the Assessment Center in advance to arrange for accommodations.


You cannot “fail” the assessment tests or be denied admission to the college. The tests are a measure of current skill level only, not of intelligence or aptitude.


There is no cost for assessment and orientation.


* Assessment results do not keep anyone from enrolling in college or any college program; however, students must meet prerequisites as stated in the college catalog.

*You must bring identification with you on the day of your assessment and orientation.

*No visitors or children are allowed in the Testing Area during the testing session.

*No Food/drink are permitted in the Testing Area

*All electronic devices (i.e. cell phones, tablets, laptop, etc.) must be off during testing period.

*Assessment results must be picked up in Room A-101 with proper identification.



Who must be assessed?

All new students need to be assessed in English and math so that they can be advised of the appropriate courses to take to be successful in obtaining their educational goals. Certain students may meet the criteria to be exempt from assessment.

Who is exempt?

Students may be exempt from the assessment process at the Peralta Colleges under the following conditions:

  1. Student has earned an associate or higher degree from an accredited institution; or
  2. Student is enrolling in fewer than 12 units; and has declared one of the following educational objectives:
  • Discover/formulate career interests, plans and goals
  • Prepare for a new career (acquire job skills)
  • Advance in current job /career (update job skills)
  • Maintain certificate or license (e.g., nursing, real estate)
  • Educational enrichment (intellectual, cultural)
  • Complete credits for high school diploma


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