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."
Assessment via placement assistant
Mesa's Placement Assistant offers students a new way to be placed into English and
mathematics courses based on self reported data. The Placement Assistant is designed
to be inclusive for all students no matter the educational history or time frame from
the last completed course. This means that it will be open to those who have not received
a diploma and have GED scores, HiSET scores or even completed schooling in a foreign
These placement results may or may not apply to outside colleges based on their independent
*To ensure that placement levels are updated daily, we will not be processing levels after 5:30pm Monday - Thursday and 2:30pm on Fridays.
Please plan your visit accordingly, we ask that you see our schedule for more information*
NEw "Pop-up counseling"
We are excited to announce that in collaboration with the Counseling department, we
have put together a new same-day service for new incoming students to ask questions
and/or receive an abbreviated education plan after completing the Placement Assistant.
The "Pop-up Counseling"
service will be available to new students who have never attended a previous institution
or completed any prior college coursework or assessments. For more information on
hours and availability please refer to the Schedule
or our FAQ's
English LANGUAGE ACQUISITION (ELAC)
If the student has completed the Placement Assistant and is given English courses,
they are still able to opt to take the ELAC exam based on a recommendation of a counselor.
The ELAC 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