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Assessment Center

Assessment & Placement Testing Overview

What is an Assessment?

Assessment Eligibility

Waiving an Assessment Requirement

 Assessment Preparation

Retest Policy

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Why is Assessment Important? What is a Placement Test?

  • Assessments are designed to help students succeed in college by accurately placing students into the English, English as a Second Language (ESL), Math, Chemistry and Biology course sequences.
  • There is no pass or fail; the purpose of assessment through placement testing is to measure the student's knowledge and understanding of an academic subject.
  • De Anza offers the following placement tests:

Who Needs an Assessment?

Assessment testing is required for students interested in starting the English, ESL and Math course sequences at De Anza College.

In general, this includes students that wish to...
  • Transfer;
  • Earn a degree or certificate;
  • Enroll in any English (or ESL) or Math course; or
  • Are undecided about their educational goals.

The Assessment Center also offers Chemistry 1A/Biology 6A and Biology 40A Exams for those students that plan to enroll directly into Chemistry 1A, Biology 6A or Biology 40A.


How Can an Assessment Requirement be Waived?

In general, all new students with no college-level course credit should take the English or ESL and math assessments.

Students who have earned college-level coursework in English, Math, Chemistry and Biology (at a US college/institution, Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Credit, etc.) should review the Admissions & Records Prerequisite Clearance Process.

Only interested in taking one course? Look up the course you wish to enroll in the Course Catalog and review the course's prerequisite.

Questions about Prerequisite Clearance? Contact the Evaluations Department directly at 408-864-5300 or email

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How to Prepare for a Testing Appointment

  1. Determine your assessment eligibility.
  2. Review our Frequently Asked Questions.
  3. Study for your tests by reviewing the Sample Questions.
  4. Make an Appointment at least three weeks before your registration date
  5. On the day of your testing appointment...
    1. Arrive 10-15 minutes early to the Registration & Student Services Building, RSS146 (Entrance is located outside of the RSS Building, facing Stevens Creek Blvd.);
    2. Have a valid photo ID and know De Anza Student ID Number; and
    3. Bring a few pencils.


Retest Policy

Before testing, review the retest policies for each test.


Contact Us

View Assessment Center office hours, location and contact information.

Assessment Department Building: Registration & Student Services
Room: RSS 144
Phone: 408.864.8717

Last Updated: 6/14/17