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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

What is the purpose of the Assessment Placement Process?

The purpose of the Assessment Placement Process is to determine your English, Reading and Math courses skill level.

What does the Assessment Placement Process consist of?

The Assessment Placement Process consists of computerized English, Reading, and Math tests. Students choose between English as a Native Language (ENL) and English as a Second Language (ESL) tests. In respect to the Math test, all students begin with Arithmetic and depending on performance, may be allowed to move onto higher math levels.

Who is required to participate in the Assessment Placement Process?

All new and returning students are required to participate in the Assessment Placement Process (unless exempt as determined at the time of the Admissions application).

What exempts a student from participation in the Assessment Placement Process?

Admissions will determine which students are exempted from the Assessment Placement Process at the time of application. Please see the exemption criteria under ENROLLMENT PRIORITY.

Do I need to make an appointment to participate in the Assessment Tests?

No. Both the Main Campus and South Gate Assessment Labs are open-entry labs. No appointments. Students are admitted only during our lab hours. Current lab hours can be found on the assessment calendar.

What are the Assessment Lab hours?

General lab hours are shown below. Please refer to our assessment calendar for any recent adjustments.

  • Main Campus Assessment Lab (E1-183)
    • Mon – Thurs: 8:00am – 5:00pm
    • Fri: 8:00am – 2:00pm
    • Sat: please refer to calendar
  • South Gate Assessment Lab (SG-120)
    • Mon: Closed
    • Tues – Thurs: 10:30am – 5:00pm
    • Fri: 8:00am – 2:00pm
    • Sat: please refer to calendar

What do I need to bring with me when I participate in the Assessment Placement Process?

Students must bring:

  • A valid Photo ID
  • Students ID#
  • A pen/pencil
  • Check-In Form

Where can I get the Assessment Check-In Form?

The Assessment Check-In form is available at the Assessment Center (E1-183), Enrollment Center (E1-121), South Gate Admissions, and online under “STUDENTS MUST BRING”.

Is there a fee for participation in the Assessment Placement Process?

There is no fee to participate in the Assessment Placement Process.

Where can I get sample test questions?

Sample test questions are available in the Assessment Center (E1-183), Enrollment Center (E1-121), South Gate Admissions, and online.

Can I use a calculator during the Math Assessment Test?

No. Calculators are NOT allowed. Scratch paper will be provided to all students taking the Math Assessment Test and will be collected at the end of exam.

What if I fail the assessment placement test?

The Assessment tests are not pass/fail tests. Its sole purpose is to properly assess a student’s English, Reading, and/or Math skills and place students into proper courses based on student responses to the tests and educational background questions.

Is there an Assessment Placement Process available for non-native English speakers?

Yes, there is an English as a Second Language (ESL) assessment. Please note that students participating in the ESL English assessments must also participate in the Math assessment.

How long are assessment placement results valid at ELAC?

Assessment placement results are valid for 2 years. After the 2-year period has passed, students that have neither enrolled and/or successfully completed an English and/or Math course will need to re-assess.

Can I have my ELAC assessment placement results sent to another college?

No. The ELAC Assessment Center does not send out assessment placement results to other colleges. It is the student’s responsibility to take their printed assessment placement results to the other college.

Will other colleges accept my ELAC assessment placement results?

Every college has its’ own policy on accepting assessment placement results from other colleges. Please inquire from the individual college about their policy.

Can I retest if I do not like my course placements?

Yes; However, students must wait one (1) calendar year from their recent test date before they are eligible to retest at ELAC.

Can I challenge my assessment placement results? If so, how?

Yes. Students that are unsatisfied with their assessment placement results may challenge a course prerequisite by submitting a Prerequisite or Corequisite Challenge Petition to the English and/or Math Department at least 10 days prior to the start of the semester/session. Students must attach a copy of their ELAC assessment course placement and/or any other supporting documentation. The process usually takes 3-5 working days. The same process must be followed for all other subject areas. Please note there are deadlines that you must adhere to.

Are there any English and/or math courses I can take without taking the assessment placement?

There are ENL English, ESL English and/or Math courses that do not have prerequisites; however, participation in the Assessment Placement Process is mandated as of Fall 2015 of all new non-exempt students.