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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 point average.

Students who have attended the majority of their schooling in another country, whose first language is other than English, may have a recommended placement into  American Language (AMLA) courses. The American Language (AMLA) Department provides non-native English-speaking students with the language skills to succeed in their academic endeavors. This placement is recommended for students and who have not completed three years of high school English in the United States or have not received a high school diploma or equivalent in the U.S.

    • Assessment Questionnaire
      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.
      Learn more about 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.
    • English Writing Placement Test
      For placement in English, reading, and math, please complete the Assessment Questionnaire. 
      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, to complete your assessment process.
    • Chemistry Placement Test
      Due to the temporary closure of Mt. SAC, the Assessment Center is currently not able to give the Chemistry Placement Test to students.  Please contact Todd Clements (Chemistry Department Chair) at, 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 EnglishAMLA, Reading, 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

During the temporary campus closure, for assistance and questions regarding assessment and placement, please send an email to:
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