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English and Math Placement Testing and other Assessment Services

Student Success and Assessment Services Centers

    Santa Rosa Campus, Plover Hall, Room 531, (707) 527-4661
    Petaluma Campus, Jacobs Hall, PC 109, (707) 778-3908

Take the right English and Math courses - prepare for the placement test:

English JAM - Sign up for the English JAM Workshop click here for more information
Math JAM - Sign up for the Math JAM Workshop click here for more information

  • Application to SRJC is required
  • Photo I.D. is required (i.e. drivers license, passport)
  • Know your SRJC Student I.D. Number and Student Portal Pincode
  • All testing materials provided
  • Study Guides and Jam Workshops are available
  • After the initial placement testing in a subject area, students may retake the test once per term
  • We recommend you arrive early as latecomers will not be admitted after the test begins.
  • Make an appointment via the Student Portal online.
  • Placement test results are available within 2 business days.

If you are interested in taking an English or Math course at SRJC, you are required to take a placement test prior to registering for the class. The results of your placement test will help determine which college course is appropriate for your current skill level. Multiple measures are also considered when determining course placement.

Students may fulfill the Assessment requirements in a subject area (Mathematics, English, or ESL) through one or more of the following:

  1. Completing an equivalent course at a post-secondary accredited institution in tha subject area (the course will determine placement).
  2. Earning a qualifying AP score or IB exam score in the subject area (students should contact Office of Admissions and Records for details).
  3. Taking the SRJC placement tests within three (3) years prior to initial registration.
  4. Taking valid, approved placement tests at other two-year California community colleges within three (3) years prior to initial registration.
  5. Having valid Early Assessment Program (EAP) results that satisfy placement conditions determined by the District.

No placements tests are required for CSKLS 312, Grammar & Writing Skills , and CSKLS 371, General Arithmetic. After receiving a course placement, you may enroll in that course or a lower course level. In addition, your course placement information may be helpful to you if you are interested in taking other courses at SRJC.

Placement test results from other accredited two-year Community Colleges colleges will be accepted for evaluation. Test results must be within three years. Submit in person or fax your official placement test result and SRJC Student ID number to Assessment Services. The FAX number is (707) 524-1638. Check for evaluation results next business day in Student Portal, Placement Results.

Contact Student Success and Assessment Services for more information regarding

  • Placement Testing
  • GED (General Educational Development)
  • Mathematics Compentency Exams (ACE, GMCT)
  • Chemistry Diagnostic Review
  • Proctoring Services/Distance Education

High School Advanced Placement Exams

If you have taken the High School Advanced Placement exams and your test scores are 3 or higher, you are exempt from taking the placement test. Complete a Prerequisite Equivalency Form and submit it to Admissions and Records. You are strongly encouraged to consult with a counselor about SRJC specific provisions for AP credit.

EAP (Early Assessment Program)

Submit the EAP test results in person to Student Success and Assessment Services, or fax to 707-524-1638 for evaluation. If there is a "Conditional Status" please also submit unofficial high school transcripts. For more information please call 707-527-4661. Check for evaluation results next business day in Student Portal, Plecement Results.
Early Assessment Program Flyer Oct2013.pdf
Conditional EAP Review Form.pdf

Accommodations

If you have a verifiable disability and require accommodations please contact the Disability Resources Department Santa Rosa Campus at (707) 527-4278, or the Petaluma Campus at (707) 778-2430.

Placement Test Study Guides and Testing Schedules

For your information, study guides, and placement testing schedules are available at the Student Success and Assessment Services Centers on both campuses. You may also find printable copies online at www.santarosa.edu/assessment/ (English) and http://www.act.org/compass/sample/ (Math). Placement testing is offered throughout the year.

Take the right English and Math courses - prepare for the placement test:

Sign up for the English JAM Workshop click here for more information
Sign up for the Math JAM Workshop click here for more information

Appointments and drop-in scheduling options available. We recommend you arrive early as latecomers will not be admitted after the test begins and seating is limited. Please, check the following placement testing schedule for dates, times, room location and scheduling options. All testing is held in Plover Hall, Room 530. Please check in and show your photo ID at Student Success and Assessment Services, Room 531, Plover Hall, 10 minutes before the test begins. This testing schedule is subject to change without prior notice.

Drop-In - Sign ups will begin in person 1 hour only 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 10 to 15 minutes prior to the start of the test and ask to be put on the waitlist.

Go online or contact Student Success and Assessment Services at (707) 527-4661, Santa Rosa Campus, to make an appointment for placement testing.

SANTA ROSA CAMPUS TESTING SCHEDULE

Date English Start Time Math Start Time Location of Test Scheduling Options
February 18 2:00 pm 9:00 am Plover 531 Appointment
February 23 1:00 pm 9:00 am Plover 531 Appointment
February 25 2:00 pm 9:00 am Plover 531 Appointment
February 26 - - - - - 9:00 am Plover 531 Drop-In
March 2 - - - - - 9:00 am Plover 531 Appointment
March 3 10:00 am 1:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
March 4 - - - - - 9:00 am Plover 531 Appointment
March 5 10:00 am - - - - - Plover 531 Drop-In
March 9 10:00 am - - - - - Plover 531 Appointment
March 10 10:00 am 1:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
March 11 2:00 pm 9:00 am Plover 531 Appointment
March 12 2:00 pm 9:00 am Plover 531 Drop-In
March 16 2:00 pm 9:00 am Plover 531 Appointment
March 17 10:00 am - - - - - Plover 531 Drop-In
March 18 10:00 am 1:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
March 19 1:00 pm 9:00 am Plover 531 Drop-In
April 1 10:00 am 1:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
April 2 1:00 pm 9:00 am Plover 531 Drop-In
April 6 2:00 pm 9:00 am Plover 531 Appointment
April 7 2:00 pm 9:00 am Plover 531 Appointment
April 8 5:30 pm 1:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
April 9 2:30 pm 5:30 pm Plover 531 Drop-In
April 13 2:00 pm 9:00 am Plover 531 Appointment
April 14 10:00 am or 5:30 pm 1:30 pm Plover 531 Drop-In
April 15 2:30 pm 5:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
April 16 1:00 pm 9:00 am Plover 531 Drop-In
April 20 10:00 am 1:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
April 21 10:00 am 1:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
April 22 - - - - - 9:00 am Plover 531 Appointment
April 23 2:00 pm 9:00 am Plover 531 Drop-In
April 27 10:00 am - - - - - Plover 531 Appointment
April 28 10:00 am 1:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
April 29 10:00 am 1:30 pm Plover 531 Drop-In
April 30 1:00 pm 9:00 am Plover 531 Appointment
May 4 2:30 pm 9:00 am or 5:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
May 5 10:00 am or 5:30 pm 1:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
May 6 10:00 am 1:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
May 7 - - - - - 5:30 pm Plover 531 Drop-In
May 11 10:00 am or 5:30 pm 1:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
May 12 2:00 pm 9:00 am Plover 531 Appointment
May 13 2:30 pm 5:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
May 14 2:00 pm 9:00 am Plover 531 Drop-In
May 18 2:00 pm 9:00 am Plover 531 Appointment
May 19 10:00 am 1:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
May 20 10:00 am - - - - - Plover 531 Appointment
May 21 1:00 pm 9:00 am Plover 531 Drop-In
May 26 2:00 pm 9:00 am Plover 531 Appointment
May 27 10:00 am 1:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
May 28 10:00 am - - - - - Plover 531 Drop-In
June 1 10:00 am or 5:30 pm 1:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
June 2 10:00 am or 2:30 pm 9:00 am or 5:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
June 3 10:00 am or 2:00 pm 9:00 am or 1:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
June 8 10:00 am or 2:00 pm 9:00 am or 1:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
June 9 2:00 pm or 5:30 pm 10:00 am or 1:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
June 10 10:00 am or 2:30 pm 5:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
June 11 10:30 am or 2:00 pm 9:00 am or 1:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
June 15 2:00 pm 9:00 am Plover 531 Appointment
June 16 10:00 am or 2:00 pm 9:00 am or 1:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
June 17 10:00 am or 2:00 pm 9:00 am or 1:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
June 18 10:00 am or 2:00 pm 9:00 am Plover 531 Appointment
June 22 10:00 am or 2:00 pm 9:00 am or 1:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
June 23 10:00 am or 2:00 pm 9:00 am or 1:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
June 24 10:00 am 9:00 am or 1:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
June 25 10:00 am or 2:00 pm 9:00 am or 1:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
June 29 10:00 am or 2:00 pm 9:00 am or 1:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
June 30 10:00 am or 2:00 pm 9:00 am Plover 531 Appointment

PETALUMA CAMPUS TESTING SCHEDULE

Take the right English and Math courses - prepare for the placement test.

Sign up for the English JAM Workshop click here for more information
Sign up for the Math JAM Workshop click here for more information

Appointments and drop-in scheduling options available. We recommend you arrive early as latecomers will not be admitted after the test begins. Please check the following placement testing schedule for dates, times, room locations and scheduling options. This testing schedule is subject to change without prior notice.

Drop-In - Sign ups will begin in person 30 minutes 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 10 to 15 minutes prior to the start of the test and ask to be put on the waitlist.

Go online or contact Student Success and Assessment Services at (707) 778-3908, Petaluma Campus, to make an appointment for placement testing.

Petaluma Campus - Testing Schedule
English and Math
Date English Start Time Math Start Time Location of Test Scheduling Options
March 3 9:00 am 1:30 pm Jacobs Hall, PC 128 Drop-in
March 4 - - - - - 3:30 pm Jacobs Hall, PC 128 Appointment
March 9 2:30 pm 9:00 am Jacobs Hall, PC 128 Appointment
March 17 9:00 am 1:30 pm Jacobs Hall, PC 128 Drop-In
March 18 4:30 pm 10:30 am Jacobs Hall, PC 128 Appointment
March 23 9:00 am 1:30 pm Jacobs Hall, PC 128 Appointment
March 31 2:30 pm 9:00 am Jacobs Hall, PC 128 Drop-In
April 1 - - - - - 3:30PM Jacobs Hall PC 128 Appointment
April 6 11:00AM - - - - - Jacobs Hall PC 128 Appointment
April 13 9:00AM 1:30PM Jacobs Hall PC 128 Appointment
April 14 2:30PM 9:30AM Jacobs Hall PC 128 Drop-In
April 15 5:00PM 11:30AM Jacobs Hall PC 128 Appointment
April 20 9:00AM 1:30PM Jacobs Hall PC 128 Appointment
April 21 2:30PM 9:00AM Jacobs Hall PC 128 Drop-in
April 27 9:00AM 1:30PM Jacobs Hall PC 128 Appointment
April 29 - - - - - 3:30PM Jacobs Hall PC 128 Appointment
May 4 11:00AM - - - - - Jacobs Hall PC 128 Appointment
May 5 2:30PM 9:00AM Jacobs Hall PC 128 Drop-In
May 6 - - - - - 1:30PM Jacobs Hall PC 128 Appointment
May 11 9:00AM 1:30PM Jacobs Hall PC 128 Appointment
May 13 4:30PM - - - - - Jacobs Hall PC 128 Appointment
May 14 - - - - - 9:00AM Jacobs Hall PC 128 Appointment
May 18 9:00AM 2:30PM Jacobs Hall PC 128 Appointment
May 19 9:00AM - - - - - Jacobs Hall PC 128 Drop-In
May 26 9:00AM 1:30PM Jacobs Hall PC 128 Drop-In
May 27 10:00AM 4:00PM Jacobs Hall PC 128 Appointment
May 28 2:30PM 9:00AM Jacobs Hall PC 128 Appointment
June 1 11:00AM 2:00PM Jacobs Hall PC 128 Appointment
June 2 2:30PM 9:00AM Jacobs Hall PC 128 Appointment
June 3 - - - - - 1:30PM Jacobs Hall PC 128 Appointment
June 8 9:00AM 1:30PM Jacobs Hall PC 128 Appointment
June 9 2:30PM 9:00AM Jacobs Hall PC 128 Appointment
June 10 4:30PM 10:00AM Jacobs Hall PC 128 Appointment
June 15 2:30PM 9:00AM Jacobs Hall PC 128 Appointment
June 16 9:00AM 2:00PM Jacobs Hall PC 128 Appointment
June 17 11:30PM - - - - - Jacobs Hall PC 128 Appointment
June 22 2:30PM 9:00AM Jacobs Hall PC 128 Appointment
June 23 9:00AM 1:30PM Jacobs Hall PC 128 Appointment
June 24 10:00AM 3:30PM Jacobs Hall PC 128 Appointment
June 29 9:00AM 1:30PM Jacobs Hall PC 128 Appointment

The English Placement Test is on the computer and it comprises a 45-minute writing sample and a 50-minute multiple choice question test. Allow an additional 15 minutes for instruction. The English Placement Test begins with an essay assignment. And the multiple choice test is comprised of 65 questions administered in two separate components: 1) Reading Comprehension, and 2) Sentence Structure and Grammar. The reading and writing skills are assessed and the combined scores including other multiple measures determine English course placement. The English course placements are:

ENGL 1A Reading and Composition;

ENGL 100 College Reading and Writing;

ENGL 307 or 302X and 100X Improvement of College Reading and Writing, or College Reading and Writing--Accelerated;

ENGL 305.1 or 305X and 306X Development of College Reading and Writing, or Development of College Reading and Writing--Accelerated;

CSKLS 313 Foundations of College Reading and Writing;

CSKLS 312 Grammar and Writing Skills

Placement testing is not required for enrollment in CSKLS 312.

The SRJC English faculty who evaluate your essay will expect you to write a well-organized essay, one in which you develop your ideas clearly and logically. Sentence and paragraph structure, usage, and grammar also contribute to your final essay score. Each essay is read and scored holistically by two different faculty members using a scoring guide that helps to define degrees of writing proficiency. The two readers' scores are combined to give your reported score, which will fall between 2 (low) and 12 (high). A score of 0 is given to essays not written on the assigned topic. English Placement Test Cut-Off Scores (prior to Fall 2013) Effective Fall 2013, English Placement Test Cut-Off Scoress The readers will be looking for the following:

  1. Addresses the topic and responds to all aspects of the task
  2. Demonstrates a critical understanding of the passage in developing a response
  3. Reveals some depth of thinking
  4. Coherently organized and developed, with a main idea supported by appropriate reasons, examples and details
  5. Command of sentence structure and language
  6. Grammatical accuracy

Math Placement Test

Student Success and Assessment Services offers a comprehensive, computer-adaptive, multiple-choice, question math placement test called the COMPASS. There are three math sub-tests: “Pre-Algebra”, “Algebra”, and “College Algebra”. You will be asked to choose the test that best matches your current math skill level. To help you decide, consider the following questions:

  • How long ago did you take a math course?
  • At which level was your last math course?
  • What grade did you receive in your last math course?
Math Sub-Tests
Course Placements
Pre-Algebra CSKLS 368A, 371, or 372, or Math 151/150A
Algebra MATH 101, 155, or 9, 10, 15, 16, 27, 25, 58
College Algebra MATH 9, 10, 15, 16, 27, 25, 58, or 1A, 8A, 4

Placement testing is not required for enrollment in CSKLS 371.

A basic calculator will be provided within the Math COMPASS program. The math placement test is untimed, however at SRJC a three hour timeframe is allotted to complete the test. Allow an additional 15 minutes for instruction.

Math COMPASS Computerized Placement Tests Criteria download (PDF: 80KB).

A complete list of Math (COMPASS) cut-off scores is available for download (PDF: 64KB).

  • Take your time to answer each question as best you can and provide the answer you think is best. Avoid random guessing as this will affect your overall test result. You must answer each question and are not permitted to skip any questions.
  • Start with the test that you think is best reflective of your ability.
  • This is a computer-adaptive test meaning that the questions may get easier or more difficult based on the correct or incorrect answered questions.
  • Work out a problem as best you can and provide the best answer.
  • Check your test score on the following business day. If your test score is not reflective of your ability, please retest.

Chemistry Diagnostic Test

Effective Spring 2014

CHEM 1A and CHEM 4A have a Prerequisite of CHEM 42. Students who think they may be ready for CHEM 1A or CHEM 4A without completing CHEM 42 should take the Chemistry Diagnostic Test AND complete and return the petition form Chemistry Diagnostic Review to the Student Success and Assessment Services Office. Once the Admission and Records Office receives the petition result from the Chemistry Department, students will be notified in their portal under my Records, Challenges and Equivalences.

The Diagnostic Test itself will no longer be used for Chemistry placement. This new petition process will become effective February 1, 2014.

  1. Fill in the Chemistry Diagnostic Review Form and return to Student Success and Assessment Services.
  2. Take the Chemistry Diagnostic Test at Student Success and Assessment Services.
  3. Wait for Chemistry Department approval. Check Student Portal, Challenges & Equivalencies for review results in 5 business days.

Santa Rosa Testing Schedule

Date Chemistry Start Time Location of Test Scheduling Options
February 3 3:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
February 10 3:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
February 26 11:00 am Plover 531 Drop-In
March 10 3:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
March 11 11:00 am Plover 531 Appointment
March 23 6:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
April 1 3:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
April 7 11:00 am Plover 531 Appointment
April 15 6:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
April 20 3:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
April 29 3:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
May 4 6:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
May 13 6:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment
May 27 6:30 pm Plover 531 Appointment

Petaluma Testing Schedule

Date Chemistry Start Time Location of Test Scheduling Options
March 3 2:30PM PC 128, Jacobs Hall Appointment
March 4 4:30PM PC 128, Jacobs Hall Appointment
March 9 10:00AM PC 128, Jacobs Hall Appointment
March 17 2:30PM PC 128, Jacobs Hall Appointment
March 23 2:30PM PC 128, Jacobs Hall Appointment
March 31 10:00AM PC 128, Jacobs Hall Appointment
April 1 4:30PM PC 128, Jacobs Hall Appointment
April 13 2:30PM PC 128, Jacobs Hall Appointment
April 14 10:30AM PC 128, Jacobs Hall Appointment
April 20 2:30PM PC 128, Jacobs Hall Appointment
May 6 2:30PM PC 128, Jacobs Hall Appointment
May 11 2:30PM PC 128, Jacobs Hall Appointment
May 14 10:00AM PC 128, Jacobs Hall Appointment
May 18 10:00AM PC 128, Jacobs Hall Appointment
May 27 5:00PM PC 128, Jacobs Hall Appointment
June 2 10:00AM PC 128, Jacobs Hall Appointment
June 3 2:30PM PC 128, Jacobs Hall Appointment
June 8 2:30PM PC 128, Jacobs Hall Appointment
June 9 10:00AM PC 128, Jacobs Hall Appointment
June 15 10:00AM PC 128, Jacobs Hall Appointment
June 22 10:00AM PC 128, Jacobs Hall Appointment
June 23 2:30PM PC 128, Jacobs Hall Appointment

Mathematics Competency Exam

Please read before making an appointment for an mathematics competency exam. Math Competency detail (PDF: 24 KB)

Algebra Competency Exam (ACE)

The ACE is not a placement test. The Intermediate Algebra Competency Exam (ACE) is offered to students new to Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) who need to fulfill the SRJC math requirement for an Associate Degree. The ACE is a 29 question exam with a time limit of 2 hours and 45 minutes. The test covers topics from intermediate algebra. Non-graphing calculators are provided, as graphing calculators are not allowed. Please be advised that this exam is not transferable, and it is not part of the math course sequence. Students will be allowed to attempt the exam twice per term. In the event that a student does not pass the exam on the first attempt, a personalized study plan and review material will be provided within the online testing program to assist in preparation for the second attempt. This study plan will be available for 16 weeks. Contact the Student Sucess and Assessment Center to make an appointment. Catalog rights determine which math competency exam a student may complete. To make an appointment or for more information contact Student Success and Assessment Services at (707) 527-4661.

Graduation Math Competency Exam (GMCT)

The GMCT is not a placement test. The Graduation Mathematics Competency Exam is available to students who are ready to graduate and who have not fulfilled the SRJC Math requirement for an Associate Degree. A score of 24 out of 40 is required to pass the test. Students who do not achieve a passing score will be allowed to retest the following fall, spring, or summer term. To prepare for and/or review for the GMCT, students currently enrolled at SRJC may contact the College Skills Department at the Santa Rosa Campus, (707) 527-4834, or at the Petaluma Campus, (707) 778-3950. Please be advised that this exam is not transferable, and it is not part of the math course sequence. Study Guides are also available at the Student Success and Assessment Center and also online. Beginning fall semester 2009 the GMCT is not applicable for new students to SRJC. Catalog rights determine which math competency exam a student may complete. To make an appointment or for more information contact Student Success and Assessment Services at (707) 527-4661.

Access Placement Test Results

Placement test results will be available within two business days. Test results can be accessed online at www.santarosa.edu in Student Portal, Placement Results. After receiving your course placement, you may enroll in that course or any course below the one in which you were placed. Your placement test results are valid for 3 years. It is recommended that you meet with a counselor to discuss your placement test results.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), Student Success and Assessment Services cannot give out test results over the phone, nor can we give your test results to another individual or agency unless we have written permission from you on record. A Placement Test Results Release Form is available for download. (PDF: 29KB) Fax your Placement Test Results Release Form to (707) 524-1638, or submit in person.

Placement Testing Retake and Challenge Policies, and Test Score Longevity

After the initial placement testing in a subject area, Students may retake the test once per term.

If you do not agree with your placement test results you have the option to retake the placement test, or Challenge your placement test result. To challenge your English or Math Placement Test results contact Admissions and Records at (707) 527-4685 (Santa Rosa Campus) or (707) 778-2415 (Petaluma Campus.)

Placement Test results are valid for 3 years.

Questions or comments about this page may be sent to Parveen Dennis at pdennis@santarosa.edu.

Santa Rosa Junior College is officially accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges