What is a placement test?
Placement tests are designed to assess your current reading, writing, math and chemistry
skills. Placement test results will determine eligibility to enroll in courses appropriately
matched to your skill level. The placement test is not a pass or fail test, and there
is no grade assigned for this test.
Am I exempt
from taking the test?
You are exempt from taking the placement test in a subject area (math, chemistry,
or English) if you fulfill one or more of the following:
- Have taken a course at
a post secondary accredited institution in that subject area, (the course will determine
- Have earned a High School AP score of 3 or higher in the subject area,
(contact Admissions and Records.)
- Have utilized the EAP result “Ready for
CSU-Level English or Math Course” as a Prerequisite/Test Waiver for enrollment
(contact Admissions and Records.)
- Have a valid and current (within the last 3
years) SRJC placement test result in the subject area.
I need to do to take the placement test?
Submit a Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) application online at www.santarosa.edu.
Photo identification is required on the day of the test, and you must know your SRJC
Student Identification Number (you will receive one after applying to SRJC online.)
All testing materials will be provided. Please no cell phones, food or beverage allowed
in the testing room.
Do you have
to make an appointment to take the placement test?
Both appointment and drop-in scheduling options are available. Make your appointment
online at www.santarosa.edu, click on Student Login. For Drop-In options check out
the testing schedule also online. Latecomers will not be admitted after the test
begins. Please check in and show your photo ID at Assessment & GED Services a
few minutes before the test begins.
Drop-In - Sign up will begin in person one hour prior
to the start of the test. Seating is limited.
Appointment - Although a test session
may be full, some seats may become available. Arrive, no earlier than 15 minutes
prior to the start of the test and ask to be put on the waitlist.
Where can I find
a placement test schedule?
Testing schedules can be found in the Schedule of Classes published each
semester, and also on the Assessment & GED Services Web site at www.santarosa.edu/assessment/.
Testing schedules are also available at the Assessment & GED Services Centers
at the Santa Rosa Campus in Room 531, Plover Hall; and at the Petaluma Campus in
Jacobs Hall, Room 109.
Where can I take the placement test?
Check the testing
schedule online at www.santarosa.edu/assessment for the room number and location
of the test.
Is there a fee for taking the placement test?
There is no fee to take
the placement test.
How can you prepare for the placement tests?
English and Chemistry
Placement Test Study Guides are available online at www.santarosa.edu/app/placement/Study-Guides/.
Math Study Guides are available online at www.act.org/compass/sample/.
Study Guides are also available at the Assessment & GED Services Centers.
long are the English, Math and Chemistry Placement Tests?
The English Placement Test
comprises a 45 minute writing sample, and a 50 minute multiple choice question test.
The Math Placement Test is a computerized, adaptive, multiple-choice question test.
The math test is untimed, however, at SRJC a three hour time limit is allotted to
complete the test. The Chemistry Placement Test is 45 minutes. There will be a 15-minute
orientation before the English, and Math, and Chemistry Placement Tests.
long does it take to get the test results?
Test results are available in two business
How do you get your placement test results?
You may access your test results
online at www.santarosa.edu, click on Student
Portal Login, and click on Placement Test. Also, you may request that test results
be mailed to you. It is recommended that you also meet with a counselor to go over
your placement test results.
How long are
the placement test results valid?
Placement test results are valid for three years.
Which Math Placement Test should you take?
There are three different math placement tests to choose from; each is a different
level of math. You must choose one of these three tests that are most appropriate
for your current math skill level. To help you decide the appropriate test for you,
consider the following: how long ago did you take a math course, what level was it,
and what grade did you receive?
Is a calculator allowed during the Math and Chemistry Placement Tests?
A basic calculator is provided within the computerized math test (You may not use
your own calculator.) A scientific calculator is permitted during the chemistry placement
test. You may bring your own calculator to the Chemistry Placement Test, or one will
Will you accept
placement test results from other colleges?
Placement Test results from other two-year accredited colleges will be accepted for
evaluation. Fax your official placement test result to Assessment & GED Services
at the Santa Rosa Campus at (707) 524-1638. Test results older than three years are
Do you have to make an appointment to take the English
as a Second Language (ESL) Placement Test?
An appointment is required for the ESL Placement Test. To make an appointment contact
Assessment & GED Services at the Santa Rosa Campus at (707) 527-4661, or Petaluma
Campus at (707) 778-3908. Testing schedules are located online at www.santarosa.edu/assessment.
Where do I find out about the GED?
For information regarding the GED call (707) 527-7956, or go online to www.santarosa.edu/app/placement/.
What is the Ability to Benefit (ATB) test?
The ATB test is approved by the U.S. Department of Education for use in qualifying
non-high school graduates for Title IV Federal financial assistance under the Higher
Education Act of 1965. It is required that you make an appointment with Assessment & GED
Services to take this test. Valid photo identification is required. Study Guide booklets
are available at the Assessment & GED Services Centers. And a one page study
guide is also available online at www.santarosa.edu/app/placement/Study-Guides/.
What if I need special accommodations to take the placement
test or the ATB?
For special accommodations (i.e. extra time for testing,) contact the Disability
Resources Department at (707) 527-4278 at the Santa Rosa Campus, or call (707) 778-2491
at the Petaluma Campus.
Does Assessment & GED Services proctor
Distance Education Program Exams?
Yes, contact Assessment & GED Services, or
go online for more information at www.santarosa.edu/app/placement/proctoring-services/.
What is the Mathematics Competency Exam?
The Mathematics Competency Exam is offered to students who are ready to graduate
and have not fulfilled the SRJC math requirement for an Associate Degree. Photo identification
is required. This exam is not transferable, and does not apply to the SRJC math course
sequence. SRJC Catalog Rights determine which mathematics competency exam a student
may complete. For more information contact an Assessment & GED Services Center.
Santa Rosa Campus
Plover Hall, Room 531
1501 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa CA 95401-4395
(707) 524-1638 FAX
Jacobs Hall, Room 109
680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway
Petaluma CA 94954-2522
(707) 778-3910 FAX
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