Disability Information Student Handbook

Section One: Coming To De Anza College

Placement Testing

Placement testing, also called advisory assessment, helps students identify their skill levels in English, Math and Science. This information is a critical key to selecting the correct classes and for planning an educational program leading to a certificate, degree or to transfer to a university.

As advised by De Anza's DSS Counselors or LD Specialists, it is strongly recommended that students complete these tests prior to starting classes or as early as possible in their college career.

Before students can enroll in certain basic courses in:

  • Math,
  • English,
  • Reading, or
  • English as a Second Language (ESL),

they must take placement tests or provide proof of applicable skill levels (in most cases by documenting  the completion of prior college-level course work). 

Certain advanced Math or Science courses such as Chemistry 1A or Biology 6A also require clearance by testing or authorization from the Assessment Center.


Accommodations for placement testing are evaluated and coordinated by the DSS office. However, many students will be able take the placement tests without special arrangements since many tests:

  • Are not timed,
  • Are given on a computer, and
  • Can be taken on a drop-in basis.

Additional specifics on placement testing for students with disabilities can be found at http://www.deanza.edu/dss/apply/placement.html.  For details on placing into courses, including dates and locations of tests, you can visit placement testing at http://www.deanza.edu/admissions/placement  or ask a Counseling Center counselor, a DSS counselor, or an LD Specialist.

If you think you may need an accommodation for placement testing, or to make accommodation arrangements, contact Disability Support Services.



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Last Updated: 5/23/17