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Student Success & Support Program


Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take the test?

Assessment is part of the OAE (Orientation, Assessment, and Educational Planning) process and is necessary for any student that needs to satisfy English, ESL, or Math prerequisites, or plans to do one or more of the following:

  • Transfer to a four-year institution
  • Earn a degree or certificate
  • Register for more than 6 units
  • Enroll in a course that has a Math or English prerequisite

Students with college degrees are exempt from assessment unless they need to satisfy prerequisites or they choose to participate in the assessment component. English 101 and Math 125 or higher is required at LACC for graduation. Students can meet the requirements of a placement test if they complete any of the requirements listed below. They include:

  • LACC accepts the Early Assessment Program (EAP) test results. Results from this test demonstrate readiness in English and/or Math college level courses and a waiver to LACC's assessment for the placement of students in English and Math courses.  If a student’s results for their EAP English and/or Math test indicate that they have exceeded the standard, please go to the counseling office so that the result can be inputted into the system and course placements/prerequisites can be cleared.
  • LACC accepts placement results from any college within the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) and from California Community Colleges as long as the placement results are not more than two years old. Please either take your placement results to the Counseling Office or mail to the Counseling office indicating your name, placement results from the college, your LACCD student ID number, and a contact number where you can be contacted.
  • Students can also use AP exam results from the English and/or Math test in which they scored a 3 or higher on the exam. This exam result, once entered into the system, will allow students to enroll in college-level English and Math courses. Please take a copy of your AP English and/or Math exam result (with a score of 3 or higher) to the Counseling office.
  • If you have completed course work at another college/university it is recommended that you review your transcripts with a counselor so as to determine if prerequisites can be cleared (i.e. exempt from the assessment test). Either bring transcripts (can be unofficial) to the counseling office to be reviewed or online advisement with a counselor can be done.

You must have an application on file to take the test. If it is determined that you do not have a student application for LACC on file, you will be excluded from the test. You can complete the LACC Online Application.

When can I take the  ESL test?

View the Assessment Calendar.

Remember, you must have an appointment to take the test.

What should I bring to the test?


  • A picture ID
  • Your student ID number
  • Your assessment appointment slip

And remember to Relax!

Where are the tests held?

If you scheduled an appointment for a test in the Assessment Office, staff will direct you where you need to go to take your test. If you have scheduled your test online, please stop by the assessment office so that staff can direct you where you need to go. If you are late to the testing site, please proceed directly to the Assessment Office to reschedule your appointment.

How long will the tests last?

For the ESL test, a student will have one hour and 30 minutes to complete the assessment process. If a student is taking the ESL test, please give yourself 2-2 1/2 hours to complete the assessment process for an ESL course placement.

What rules must be observed during the test?

If you scheduled an appointment for a test in the Assessment Office, staff will provide you with brief instructions as to what you need to know and where to go. The proctor(s) in the computer lab will also provide you with instructions once you arrive and enter the lab.

No food or beverages will be allowed. You may not use textbooks, notes, dictionaries, or calculators. Turn cell phones off. You may not use the computer for anything other than taking the assessment exam.

Any form of fraud (using a false name or ID number, taking the exam for another student, or any other form of cheating) constitutes a violation of the Standards of Student Conduct and may result in disciplinary action.

Your proctor will explain the process once you are in the Assessment Computer Lab. It is important that you enter your correct student ID number that starts with 88 or 9. The Admissions Office can provide you with your student ID number. Do not use your driver’s license number, work identification number, etc. Using such numbers will only delay the time to be able to view your placement results and to register for your classes.

When will I get my test results?

Results are available online at the LACCD website, through your student portal (people soft).

(Note: The proctor will inform you when your results will be available.)

What if I need special accommodations for the test?

LACC provides appropriate assistance to students with special needs (E.g. the hearing impaired may require interpreters and the visually impaired may need access to a print enlargement system). Learning disabled students may be given diagnostic tests administered by trained staff in the Office of Special Services. Please contact the Office of Special Services (OSS) in the Student Services Village for more information.  Students with a verified disability, or high school students with an IEP, may request testing accommodations for the ESL test. To obtain an accommodation referral, visit the Office of Special Services (OSS) on the first floor of the Student Services Building. Students are welcomed to visit OSS to obtain their Assessment Accommodation Form. This can be done prior to a student’s one hour intake appointment. They need not be officially part of OSS, the OSS office will need a student’s application, verification of disability documentation, and set an appointment to see a counselor.

Must I enroll at the course level determined by the placement test?

You may enroll in a course at, or one level below, your placement level. However, you may not enroll in any courses above your placement.  ESL students may enroll at their placement level or one level below their placement level. For example, if you place in ESL 4 you may enroll in ESL 4A or ESL 3A but not ESL 2A.

What do I do after I receive my test results?

You must proceed to the Educational Planning step.

May I repeat the test? What if I don’t agree with my test results?

If you don’t feel well or have other reasons that would prevent you from doing your best on the day of the test, return to the Assessment Office or call the office at (323) 953-4000 ext. 2264 to reschedule your appointment. Once you have begun the test, the resulting scores will determine your placement. The placement tests are designed to help you achieve academic success. No one fails the test.

Results are valid for a period of one year. You can start at the course level you placed at or one level below the course placement you placed into. You will be eligible to retest for your test each term (i.e., Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall). To be eligible to retake your placement test during the same term, you must complete an “intervention” activity through the ENL/ESL Department and obtain a signed (by the ENL/ESL department chair) and completed assessment retest authorization form and return it to the Assessment Office so as to be able to retake your test during the same term. You can only retest once per term! A student can not retest on the same day in which they have completed a test! 

You can pick up this form at the Assessment Office or the ENL/ESL or Math Department. View the Retesting Policy.

What if English is not my first language?

Students with limited English language ability whom are interested can take the ESL (English as a Second Language) exam.

Are there some sample questions I can review before I take the test?

For English as a Second Language (ESL) sample questions, see ESL Sample Questions.

Additional test sample questions are available at

Students can prepare for the Placement Test and download the Accuplacer web app at the Accuplacer website.

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