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Assessment is a process that will help you identify which English, math or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course best matches your skill level. College of Alameda’s assessment process is compliant with Assembly Bill 705, which requires California Community Colleges to maximize the probability that a student who is seeking a degree/transfer will enter and complete transfer-level coursework in English and math within one year and use multiple measures when placing students into English or math courses.
By Fall 2020, all California Community Colleges will also offer an ESOL sequence that will allow students to complete transfer-level English within 3 years.
English and Math Assessment
As a new student, after you submit your application and complete the online orientation you will meet with your counselor to complete your assessment for English and math and create your student education plan (SEP).
If available, English and math placement will be determined by one or more of the following measures:
- High school coursework
- High school grades
- High school grade point average
If unavailable, the counselor will help you determine your course placements through self-assessment.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Assessment
As a new ESOL student, after you submit your application, you will need to schedule an appointment to complete the ESOL assessment to identify the most appropriate ESOL courses for you. Please schedule your ESOL assessment with the Learning Resource Center (LRC). Phone: (510) 748-2307 Location: 2nd floor of the library.
After completing your ESOL assessment, you will meet with your counselor to complete your math assessment (through multiple measures and/or self-assessment) and create your student education plan (SEP).
*To maximize success, you may be required to take additional support classes.
If I don't have any high school coursework, grades, or GPA, how will I be assessed for English and math?
If you do not have high school coursework, grades, or GPA you will meet with a counselor who will help you determine your course placements through self-assessment.
If you have taken an English and/or math courses at a different college, please bring a copy of your unofficial transcripts to your counseling department.