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Testing Center


  • Student Services Building
    Second Floor, I4-201
    P: 619-388-2718
    F: 619-388-2525
  • Monday - Thursday:
    8:00am - 6:00pm
    8:00am - 3:00pm

Testing Center
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 must have an Application and Mesa CSID in order to be assessed. Before Assessment, you should complete the Online Orientation. Academic advisement is available after Assessment - you can go to Drop-in Counseling or schedule a Registration Workshop.


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, CHSPE scores or even completed schooling in a foreign country!

These placement results may or may not apply to outside colleges based on their independent determination.
*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*


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

"Advancement" exams (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