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The Assessment Office has relocated to the new student services building.  It is located on the 2nd floor.
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 Assessment Mission Statement:

The mission of Assessment is to identify new non-exempt and returning students to schedule and complete a placement test(s) for course placement into either English, Math, or ESL.

Assessment Program Description:

The Assessment Office schedules and administers placement tests for new non-exempt, continuing students whom are eligible to re-assess, and returning students who need to retake the placement test for course placement into English, Math, or ESL courses. The office also schedules in person (and online) appointments for orientations and counseling.                                                                                                    

Assessment Student Learning Outcomes:

Assessment Services will administer to nonexempt new students the placement test to complete the assessment process and receive an English or ESL and Math placement test.

The Assessment Center provides placement testing services for new and current students. You will lose your place in priority enrollment if you do not participate in assessment, orientation, and educational planning services. 

 Assessment Summer Office Hours:
 Contact Us:
Monday - Thursday:  8:00 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.
Friday:                          8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Phone: (323) 953-4000, ext. 2264
Student Services Building, 2nd Floor
Los Angeles City College
855 N. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029

You will take a basic skills assessment in reading, writing, language usage, and mathematics to help you select appropriate courses. This is not an entrance exam to the college and you will not be penalized in any way for your score; however, it is a very important step in the enrollment process.

To take the ENL (English As a Native Language), English and Math, or Math only test, students must go to the Drop-In Center to take these tests. The first step is to check-in at the Assessment Office.  

DROP IN CENTER HOURS for ENL, English and Math, and Math only tests. * Last test sitting begins at 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 12:00 p.m. on Fridays. Must check-in by 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 12:00 p.m. on Fridays. 

Monday           9:00 AM – 7:00 PM*  
Tuesday          9:00 AM – 7:00 PM* 
Wednesday    9:00 AM – 7:00 PM* 
Thursday         9:00 AM – 7:00 PM* 
Friday               9:00 AM – 2:00 PM* 

Please note that the online system will only allow you to sign up for the ESL (English as a Second Language) Test.  You can also sign up for the ESL test at the Assessment Office.

For ESL ONLY, CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment.


Assessment is part of the AOC (Assessment, Orientation, and Counseling) process and is necessary for any student that needs to satisfy Math, English, or ESL prerequisites, or plan 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 this matriculation 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 you passed this test, 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 one year 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 the student 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 inputted 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 (again with a score of 3 or higher) to the Counseling office.

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 application online at:



Click on the Assessment calendar link for the test schedule; however, you must have an appointment to take the test.


What should I bring to the test?

Bring a picture ID, your student ID number, and your assessment appointment slip to the assessment test. 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?
Please budget about 3 hours if you are taking both the Math and English placement tests at the same time.  If you are taking the English Placement test only, budget 2-2 1/2 hours.  If you are taking only the ESL test, budget 2 ½  hours. For the Math (only) test budget about 1 ½-2 hours.

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 social security/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. 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 .  

(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.


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. For example, if you place in Math 112 you may enroll in Math 112 or Math 105 because Math 105 is below Math 112. 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?
If you are a new or returning student, please return to the Assessment Office or go online to the Student Success and Support Program Homepage to schedule an appointment for orientation (or you can complete the online student orientation) and counseling. 


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, extension 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 and/or Math department and obtain a signed (by the ENL/ESL and/or Math 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 pick up this form at the Assessment Office or the ENL/ESL or Math department.  CLICK HERE TO SEE AN OVERVIEW OF THE RETESTING POLICY [PDF].


Most new students will take the computerized Math and English placement tests. Students with limited English language ability will take the ESL (English as Second Language) exam.


Click on the following link for a full description of the Math and English tests and to see sample questions:  Sample Questions [PDF].

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

Additional test sample questions are available at

Students can prepare for the Placement Test and download the Accuplacer web app here:

The Chemistry 101 Readiness Exam is not being administered at this time. If you have questions regarding the Chemistry prerequisites, please go to the Chemistry Department.