The assessment and placement process has been established to enable all students an
opportunity to achieve probable success in their course work.
Students will complete an online tool called the Assessment Questionnaire (AQ) and
will receive recommendations for enrolling into English, math, and reading courses
based on an assessment utilizing multiple measures. The AQ is not a test. Students
will be asked to provide information about the English and math courses they took
in high school and their grades in those courses as well as their cumulative grade
In compliance with state law (AB 705), students are eligible to enroll in transfer
level courses in English and math. Students may be recommended to enroll in corequisite
courses (courses taken at the same time) to enable them to be successful in transfer
level English and math courses. Students also have the option of enrolling in non-transfer
level courses if they so choose. Faculty in math and English as well as faculty counselors
are available to assist in recommending course enrollment levels.
- Assessment Questionnaire
Students who completed the Assessment Questionnaire (AQ) prior to May 7, 2019, are
strongly advised to take the revised AQ by going to the AQ webpage
. Taking the revised AQ may result in more accurate placement into transfer-level
math, English, and reading courses.
Continuing Mt. SAC students who have previously completed the English Placement Test
and/or the Math Placement Test in the Assessment Center, and have not yet completed
their required levels of English or math courses for the Associate Degree or transfer,
may also take the AQ.
The Assessment Questionnaire (AQ) provides course placement for English, reading,
and math. Most students will immediately receive placement results based on their
answers to the Assessment Questionnaire.
- Guided Self-Placement
As part of your assessment process, you might be asked to go through a guided self-placement
process. For more information, please click on the Guided Self-Placement webpage
- Placement Tests
Due to the temporary closure of Mt. SAC, the Assessment Center is currently not able
to give the English Writing Placement Test to students. If you received a message
in the Assessment Questionnaire to take the English Writing Placement Test, please
contact the AMLA Department at AskAmLa@mtsac.edu, to complete your assessment process.
Also, the Chemistry Placement Test is not available at this time. Please contact Todd
Clements (Chemistry Department Chair) at firstname.lastname@example.org, for assistance and questions regarding eligibility for CHEM 50 (General Chemistry
I) or CHEM 50H (General Chemistry I-Honors).
- Placement Results
If you have questions about your placement or need help in choosing the right class
for you, please make an appointment to see a counselor
You may also check the English
, and Math
department webpage for more information about the courses they offer.
- Next Step
After assessment, your next step in the enrollment process is to login to the Mt.
SAC portal and complete the Online Orientation
Math Guidance Video
English Guidance Video