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What is assessment?
The assessment process is designed to ensure that students are placed in the appropriate math and English classes, as well as classes in other disciplines. There are separate tests for English, English as a Second Language, math, and chemistry. Test results do not effect admission to SRJC, but may effect the classes in which you can enroll. Students have an option to retest if they believe they may score higher (see specific information under Placement Tests & GED).
Who should take the placement tests?
New students must complete assessment. English or ESL assessment is critical to help you and your counselor determine which courses are appropriate. Math assessment is required for students planning to earn an associate degree, transfer to a four-year college, and for some vocational programs. A chemistry placement test is also available for those who wish to place into a higher level chemistry course.
Students may also use the following criteria to place into SRJC English and math courses:
Please complete and submit a Prerequisite Equivalency/Challenge Form if using any of the above three options to satisfy the prerequisite for English and math courses.
How & when do I take the tests?
Testing is available year round at both the Santa Rosa and Petaluma campuses. There is no fee to take the test, and all testing material will be provided on the day of the test. Some testing sessions are available on a drop-in, space-available basis. Other sessions require that you contact Assessment Services to reserve a seat. We recommend that you arrive early, as those who come late will not be admitted after the test begins.
English as a Second Language (ESL) tests are available at both campuses, and an appointment is recommended at the Santa Rosa Campus.
What you will need to take placement tests:
What does my placement score mean?
Test results are available in approximately two business days. The results indicate the highest level in which you can register. The level of English and math that you must complete is dependent on your educational goal. For example, students planning to transfer for a bachelor's degree will have to complete a higher level math class than is required for the Associate Degree. Many certificate programs do not require traditional English & math classes.
Santa Rosa Junior College is officially accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges