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East Los Angeles College




The East Los Angeles College Assessment Center strives to accurately identify students’ English, Reading and Math skill levels. Carefully selected assessment instruments and multiple measures are utilized to appropriately assess student skill levels and recommend course placement. Proper course placements enable students to successfully progress through required course sequences and to achieve their educational goals.


  • Option 1: ELAC’s primary form of placement is the Multiple Measures Placement. Students are placed in English and Math courses using their U.S. high school transcript information.
    • Students are highly encouraged to bring their U.S. high school transcripts to use as a reference.
    • Students that participate in the Multiple Measures Placement and are not satisfied with their course placements are welcome to participate in the English and Math Placement Tests.
  • Option 2: ELAC’s secondary form of placement is the English and Math Placement Tests.
    • Students that participate in the English and Math Placement Tests are encouraged to review Sample Test Questions
    • English and Math placement tests are computerized and untimed.
    • Plan at least 2 hours for both English and Math Placement Tests.
    • Not allowed: Cell Phones, Calculators, iPods, Smart Watches and any other electronic devices.
    • Placement Test Results are valid for a two-year period.
  • Students may participate in the assessment process at any time during our assessment lab hours. Please refer to our current assessment calendar


Students that participate in the English and Math Placement Tests may retest after one (1) month. If a student would like to retest again, they must wait one (1) complete year from their initial test date.


If a student experiences difficulties due to a verified learning or physical disability, the student may wish to contact the Disabled Students Program & Services (DSP&S) in E1-160 or call (323) 265-8787 for information on alternative test-taking arrangements prior to assessment participation. Such alternative test-taking arrangements are only available for students with documented disabilities.