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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are English & Math Multiple Measures?

ELAC is implementing a NEW assessment process (known as English & Math Multiple Measures) that will help determine English & Math course placements for students. This new assessment process will be the primary form of placement. English & Math assessment tests will be the secondary form of placement.

The English & Math Multiple Measures process involves high school coursework, grades, and grade point average to determine student placement into college English & Math courses (not a test). Students are encouraged to refer to their U.S. high school transcripts when participating in the process.

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.

What are English & Math Multiple Measures?

New, returning, or continuing students who meet the criteria below may participate in the English & Math Multiple Measures Placement.

Graduated from a U.S. high school. - or -
Currently in the 12th grade and consider themselves an ENL (English as a native language - fluent in English) student. - or -
Currently in the 12th grade and consider themselves an ESL (English as a Second Language) student and have attended a U.S. high school for 3 or more years.  

If none of the above criteria apply, students will be referred to participate in the assessment tests.

What are English & Math Multiple Measures?

Yes. If students are not satisfied with their English & Math Multiple Measures placement, they are welcome to participate in the assessment tests. The most recent assessment may be a student’s final placement.


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