The Assessment process is one of the required steps to enroll at the College of Alameda (See Steps to Enroll). Once students complete their assessment , the results are used by the counselors to assist students in registering for the appropriate courses to match their skills in reading, writing, and math to make their academic path the most successful.

Please remember that before you take your assessment placement, you must complete a College of Alameda Orientation. Please visit

CoA Assessment Options Placement:

Option 1: High School Multiple Measures Placement (Math & English)
If you graduated from high school within the last 10 years (Class of 2008 – Class of 2018) OR you are a current high school student and have completed at one semester of 11th grade, you are eligible for placement into math and English courses by using your high school academic history (unweighted GPA and English & math course grades). For more information on this placement tool please click here.
Option 2: English/ESOL & Math Assessment
English: English assessments will be administered using timed computerized programs. If you are taking the English assessments, please allow at least 2 (two) hours to complete the process. Appointments are required, space is limited.

To book your English assessment click here.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): ESOL assessment is provided for students whose native language is not English and are looking to enroll in ESOL courses.

ESOL Assessments can be scheduled in-person at the Assessment Center located in Cougar Village room CV 124 or by calling the Assessment Center at   510-748-5267.

Math: Math assessment will be completed when you meet with a counselor.

If you need to complete an English or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Assessment, please complete this prior your meeting with a counselor.

If you have questions about math placement please refer to our assessment process chart.



Appointments are required for English and ESOL assessments. 
 an assessment appointment by using online appointment services or calling (510) 748-5267. Please know your Peralta Student ID# when you are setting up your appointment. If you do not have your SID #. Please log on to Passport and your SID will be located on the top of your Student Center page.

There is no cost for the assessment test.

Assessment results do not keep anyone from enrolling in college or any college program; however, students must meet prerequisites as stated in the college catalog for some specific courses.


You must bring with you to your appointment:

Photo identification – (Driver’s license, passport, state-issued ID, student ID card are all acceptable) – on the day that you are scheduled for the assessment.

Your certificate of completion from the College of Alameda Orientation.