Assessment & Testing
Assessment is located in room I4-201, on the 2nd floor of the Student Services building.
Assessment is an important first step
to starting at Mesa. Assessment will help determine which English and Math classes
you should start with, clears prerequisites for a number of other classes, and is
one of multiple steps you need to complete to be eligible for any registration "priority."
You may be exempt from assessment if you have taken a standardized test
before, or if you have taken a test at another California Community College. Please
see the FAQ
for more info about using these scores, the English
course sequences, and more. Please feel free to call, email, or drop by the office
to determine whether you qualify for an exemption.
Assessment via placement assistant
Our Placement Assistant will identify courses that you can enroll in. To be eligible for this assessment, you must have recently (≤10yrs) graduated from
a US high school.
This assessment uses your prior academic history. You will report your cumulative,
unweighted high school GPA, courses, and grades. Based on your responses, you could
be placed in English and mathematics courses. Some students may also need to take the English
and/or mathematics assessment tests.
This assessment is available on a drop-in basis. You should have a transcript available
to make sure you get an appropriate placement.
These placement results may apply to outside colleges based on their independent determination.
Assessment via Accuplacer Exam
Some students may have to, or may opt to, take an exam rather than alternative measures.
The Accuplacer exam consists of Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, Elementary
Algebra, and Arithmetic. The exam may only be completed once in a calendar year, and is available on a drop-in basis daily.
Prepare by reviewing Sample Test
questions online. If you desire more help, we have partnered with the MT2C to offer
referrals for pre-assessment Tutoring
. Please see the Schedule
for availability and come in when you're ready.
English as Second Language Assessment
The ESOL exam is designed for students primarily educated outside of the U.S. in a
language other than English. It is a timed exam designed to help non-native English
speaking students select appropriate English classes. This exam consists of 75 questions
answered over 45 minutes. Please see our Schedule for more information, and please review Sample Test questions before taking the exam.
Advancement Exam info
(also called "challenge" tests) can help you change or skip courses after you have
already assessed. For information about Challenge Testing
, please see this Admissions bulletin
or call 619-388-2682. These department resources are also helpful:
- Math Department
- English Department