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Assessment is about finding your starting point as you embark on your journey for higher education. If you plan to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year institution, or take a math or English course, you may need to assess your skill level before you register for classes. The Assessment Department offers multiple measures of assessment to help Counselors determine your appropriate placement into English/English-as-a-second-language (ESL) and math courses. Getting an accurate course placement is key to a successful start in college!

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The assessment schedule is conducted according to our semester schedule. All students must schedule an appointment in order to take their assessment test. Students can make an appointment online or call 510-748-5267 to guarantee a seat.

Please remember that before you take your assessment test, you must complete the mandatory online orientation.

High School Multiple Measures: This measure allows students to use their high school data (English and/or math courses, grades, and GPA) to determine an English and/or math course placement.

English and Math Assessment: This measure is administered using a self-paced computerized program. It allows students to take an English or Math placement exam to determine course placement. If you are taking both the Math and English assessments, please allow at least 3 hours to complete the process.

ESL (English as a Second Language) Assessment: This measure is provided for students whose native language is not English. To schedule an ESL assessment, please call 510-748-5267.



All students take either the English or English as a Second Language (ESL) test. Generally new students who are native English speakers are advised to take the English tests, while individuals whose first language is not English are advised to take the ESL test. There are four different math tests you can choose from: Algebra Readiness, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, and Pre-Calculus. Please review the sample practice tests ( to determine which test is the best fit for you.

All new students have to be assessed. Typically this happens by taking an assessment test. However, if you graduated from high school within the last 10 years, you have the opportunity to be placed in English and math using information found on your high school transcript. You’ll have the opportunity to sign up for a traditional testing session or a high school transcript placement session through our online appointment system.

Note: You may be exempt from taking our English & math assessment if you have completed a math & English course at another college (unofficial transcript must be provided) or if you have taken an assessment test at another college that can be used by a counselor to appropriately place you. Please the Counseling Department (510) 748-2209 for further assistance.

Photo identification – (Driver’s license, passport, state-issued ID, student ID card are all acceptable).

Your certificate of completion from your mandatory online orientation.

High school students – bring your High School Concurrent Enrollment Form completely filled out and a copy of your high school transcript.

The test is not pass or fail. The result of the test are used by the counselor to appropriately place you in a class that would feel right for you and to help you create an individualized educational plan. We strongly recommend that you prepare by taking the sample practice tests on our website ( before your assessment test appointment.

We print out your scores immediately, so you will be able to leave the testing center with your scores. It is important that you keep the results of the test since it will be evaluated by the counselor to place you in the appropriate class.

Students are allowed to retake their assessment test (without needing further approval) after 1 year has passed since their last assessment attempt. There may be some exemptions for extenuating circumstances with counselor approval. Please take advantage of the resources we provide you so that you get the most from your Assessment experience.

New students must visit the A Building- Welcome Center to see a counselor. The counselor will evaluate your test results, recommend the right courses and help you in creating your individualized educational plan. Counselors will also remove your new student “HOLD” so you can enroll in classes.

Yes, you will need to complete the Online Orientation. Currently the orientation is offered in English, Spanish and Chinese. All ESL students will need to complete the orientation before taking the ESL placement test. If you are still unable to complete the orientation in the other languages offered, please contact the Assessment Department (510) 748-5267 for more information.

If you took an assessment test at Laney College, Merritt College or Berkeley City College you do not need to take it again. If you took an assessment test at a college outside of the Peralta College District you may be exempt from taking the assessment test. Please the Counseling Department (510) 748-2209 for further assistance.