After you complete your application and get your registration appointment, you should proceed immediately to schedule your assessment appointment. You will take a basic skills assessment in reading, writing, language usage, and mathematics to help you select appropriate courses. This is not an entrance exam to the college and you will not be penalized in any way for your score; however, it is a very important step in the enrollment process.
Come to AD 103 in the Cesar Chavez Administration Building to make an appointment for any of our placement tests or schedule your appointment online. You will be given an appointment receipt once you schedule your appointment. You must bring this appointment slip and a picture ID on the day of the test.
Assessment/Matriculation Office Hours:
Monday: 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 12:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
WHO MUST TAKE THE TEST?
Assessment is part of the matriculation process and is necessary for any student that needs to satisfy math, English or reading prerequisites, or plan to do one or more of the following:
- Transfer to a four-year institution
- Earn a degree or certificate
- Register for more than 6 units
- Enroll in a course that has a math or English prerequisite
Students with college degrees are exempt from assessment unless they need to satisfy prerequisites or they choose to participate in this matriculation component. *English 101 and Math 125 or higher is required at LACC for graduation.
You must have an application on file to take the test. If it is determined that you do not have a student application for LACC on file you will be excluded from the test. You can complete the application online at: http://www.cccapply.org/applications/CCCApply/apply/Los_Angeles_City_College.html
WHEN CAN I TAKE THE TEST?
Click on the Assessment calendar link for the test schedule; however, you must have an appointment to take the test.
ASSESSMENT TEST FACTS
What should I bring to the test?
Bring a picture ID, your student ID number, and your assessment appointment slip to the assessment test. Relax!
Where are the tests held?
Please wait in front of the Admissions Room 100 blue sign (outside of the Administration building) 10 minutes before your appointed test time. A testing proctor will meet you to escort you to the testing room. If you are late to the testing site, please proceed directly to AD 103 to reschedule your appointment.
How long will the tests last?
Please budget about 3 hours if you are taking both the Math and English placement tests at the same time. If you are taking the English Placement test only, budget 2 hours. If you are taking only the ESL test, budget 2 ½ hours. For the Math (only) test budget about 1 ½ hours and allow 1 hour for the Chemistry 101 readiness exam.
What rules must be observed during the test?
Your proctor will give you brief instructions before walking you to the Assessment Center computer lab. When you walk through the hallways, please remember to walk through the area quietly. We appreciate it!
No food or beverages will be allowed. You may not use textbooks, notes, dictionaries, or calculators. Turn cell phones off. You may not use the computer for anything other than taking the assessment exam.
Any form of fraud (using a false name or social security/ID number, taking the exam for another student or any other form of cheating) constitutes a violation of the Standards of Student Conduct and may result in disciplinary action.
Your proctor will explain the process once you are in the Assessment Center. It is important that you enter your correct student ID number that starts with 88. The Admissions Office can provide you with a student ID number. Do you not use your driver’s license number, work identification number, etc. Using such numbers will only delay the time in which you get your assessment results and are able to register for your classes.
When will I get my test results?
Results are available online at http://www.laccd.edu/student_information/current_students.htm. You may also submit a request to have your results printed for you at AD 103 during normal business hours. Please bring a picture id to pick up your results.
(Note: The proctor will inform you when your results will be available.)
What if I need special accommodations for the test?
The college staff provides appropriate assistance to students with special needs. (e.g. the hearing impaired may require interpreters and the visually impaired may need access to a print enlargement system). Learning disabled students may be given diagnostic tests administered by trained staff in the Office of Special Services. Please contact the Office of Special Services (OSS) in the Student Services Village for more information. http://www.lacitycollege.edu/services/DSPS/index.html
ASSESSMENT AND COURSE LEVEL
Must I enroll at the course level determined by the placement test?
You may enroll in a course at, or one level below, your placement level; however, you may not enroll in any courses above your placement. For example, if you place in Math 112 you may enroll in Math 112 or Math 105 because Math 105 is below Math 112. ESL students may enroll at their placement level or one level below their placement level. For example, if you place in ESL 4 you may enroll in ESL 4A or ESL 3A but not ESL 2A.
NEXT STEPS AFTER THE TEST
What do I do after I receive my test results?
If you are a new or returning student, please return to AD 103 or go online to the Matriculation Homepage to schedule an appointment for orientation. Otherwise, you should speak with a counselor to confirm the accuracy of your course selection before you register and enroll in classes.
TO DISPUTE THE RESULTS/REPEAT THE TEST
May I repeat the test?
You cannot repeat the test within a 6-month period. If you don’t feel well or have other reasons that would prevent you from doing your best on the day of the test, return to AD 103 to reschedule your appointment. Once you have begun the test the resulting scores will determine your placement for 6 months.
What if I don’t agree with my test results?
The placement tests are designed to help you achieve academic success. No one fails the test. The test helps us to determine the most appropriate classes for you to take. Remember we want you to succeed. We don’t want you to be in a class that is too difficult or too easy for you. The assessment process helps us to place you in classes where you have the best opportunity to succeed. If you feel you have prior coursework or other evidence that supports your placement in a higher-level class, you may request a “challenge form”. Take the challenge form, your placement results and supporting documents to the Math or English/ESL departments for review.
Most new students will take the computerized Math and English placement tests. Students with limited English language ability will take the ESL (English as Second Language) exam.
Click on the following link for a full description of the Math and English tests and to see sample questions: Sample Questions [PDF]
Two different tests are given for the ESL test, which consist of an ESL Reading test (CELSA) and an ESL Writing Sample. The reading test is written in English and you will have 45 minutes to answer 75 multiple-choice questions. You should answer as many questions as you can. You will be given an additional 30 minutes to respond in essay format to a topic. There is no right or wrong answer to the topic. Trained raters will score the essay based on content, organization, development of ideas, grammar, spelling, and format. You will be placed in ESL 0 to ESL 6 or referred to the computerized English test for further testing based on your ESL test score.
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CHEMISTRY 101 READINESS ASSESSMENT
Students who wish to enroll in Chemistry 101 must pass Chemistry 60 or 68 C or better, or pass the Chemistry Readiness Exam, and pass Math 125 or the equivalent with a C or better. Even if you pass the readiness exam, if you have limited chemistry laboratory experience you are encouraged to enroll in Chemistry 60 or 68 in order to acquire the skills needed for the laboratory in Chemistry 101.
The Chemistry Readiness test acquaints students with the skills that are needed to succeed in the general chemistry series and it identifies those students that are eligible for placement into Chemistry 101. For some students the examination will be a warning thattheir chances of obtaining a satisfactory grade in Chemistry 101 are very slight and that they must improvetheir knowledge by enrolling in Chemistry 60 or 68. A placement exam taken elsewhere cannot replace this exam- you must take it here at Los Angeles City College. YOU MAY ONLY TAKE THIS EXAM ONCE!
This 45-minute test consists of questions based on high school chemistry and high school mathematics. This includes questions on solving simple algebraic equations, on the use of proportions and percentages, and on solving word problems. The majority of the test deals with chemistry and is primarily concerned with concepts discussed in Chemistry 60 and 68, including: elements and their properties, chemical formulas, concentrations of solutions, gases, oxidation numbers, redox reactions, and the concepts of acids and bases.
The best preparation for the test (and for Chemistry 101) is to review the parts of high schoolalgebra and chemistry that have been forgotten. Those who wish to prepare for thetest and do not have a chemistry text may find helpful one of the books prepared for reviewing for the standardized achievement tests in chemistry. These can be obtained in anybookstore.
Scheduling a test appointment
Check the Assessment Office testing schedule for the exam dates and times. You must make an appointment in person in AD 103 or online. For more information contact the Assessment/Matriculation Office at (323) 953-4000, ext. 2264.
You will need to bring to the exam a number 2 pencil, your student ID number/ social security number and a NON-PROGRAMMABLE calculator. You will be given a periodic table for the exam.
NOTE: YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ENROLL IN CHEMISTRY 101 BEFORE YOU HAVE MET THE MATHEMATICS AND CHEMISTRY PREREQUISITE.
Sample Questions [PDF]