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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Multiple Measures?

ELAC has implemented a new assessment process known as Multiple Measures. Students who earned a high school diploma, passed the General Educational Development (GED) test, or earned a high school proficiency certificate within the past ten years, are eligible to be placed into English & Math courses based on high school background information (i.e. high school coursework, grades & GPA).

Please note that the English as a Native Language (ENL) English & Math assessment tests are no longer offered as of January 2019. The English as a Second Language (ESL) English assessment test is still offered.

Why is ELAC implementing a New Assessment Process?

Alternative Multiple Measures (AB 705) is part of a state-wide initiative to increase students’ access to higher-level English & Math courses where research shows that students are likely to succeed.

What is AB 705?

AB 705 is a bill signed by the Governor on October 13, 2017 that took effect on January 1, 2018. The bill requires that a community college district or college maximize the probability that a student will enter & complete transfer-level coursework in English & Math within a one-year timeframe & use, in the placements of students into English & Math courses, one or more of the following: high school coursework, high school grades, & high school grade point average.

Who is eligible to participate?

Any student who earned or obtained one of the following, within the past ten (10) years, is eligible to participate in the Multiple Measures process.

  • Earned a high school diploma from a U.S. High School - or -
  • Passed the General Education Development (GED) test - or -
  • Obtained a high school proficiency certificate

If a student meets the criteria above, then they are eligible to be placed into English and Math courses based on high school coursework, high school grades, and high school GPA. Student who do not meet the criteria above will be referred to the Guided Self-Placement process for English and Math placement. Please visit our webpage at a later time for more information on the Guided Self-Placement process.

Can students still take a placement test if they go through the Multiple Measures process?

Yes, only if applicable. If ESL students are not satisfied with their ESL English Multiple Measures placement, they are welcome to participate in the ESL English assessment test. Please note that the English as a Native Language (ENL) English & Math assessment tests are no longer offered as of January 2019. Only the English as a Second Language (ESL) English assessment test is still being offered.


For more information, please call (323) 415-4141 or visit the Assessment Center.