Assessment is an important part of the matriculation process by which students are guided through the college curriculum in selecting courses best suited to their abilities and educational goals.
Assessment is a process that includes tests and other measures and is designed to assist students in meeting course prerequisites.
Assessment/Testing is used to measure your mathematics, reading, and written English skills.
Assessment scores are used to determine student's placement in college, in addition to assisting students with course selection. Students also use assessment to meet course prerequisites.
Assessment assists students in course selection at Mesa College. The scores received are also used as an advisement tool for determining appropriate placement in college courses. We must first accurately assess students' skills before they can enroll in classes.
New college students will benefit from the following information provided on the Online Orientation:
At the end of the orientation, print the Orientation Learning Outcomes Form. Once you have finished the orientation, submit this form to the Testing Office staff in order to begin the assessment of your English and/or Math skills. Upon completion of the assessment(s), students will be referred to an online first semester planning workshop at http://goo.gl/mzbc
*Substandard grades in previous English or math classes cannot be used for placement.
Students may FAX copies of unofficial transcripts, or grade reports from prior institutions strictly for the purpose of clearing prerequisites prior to registration to the San Diego Community College District, Student Services Office at (619) 388-6946.
For more details about prerequisites, go to Student Web Services at http://studentweb.sdccd.edu and click on the key Resources link and select General Information.
Students who have taken the placement tests at another California Community College can visit the Counseling Office or fax their scores at (619) 388-2525. Allow up to 5 business days for processing.
Those who choose to fax their placement scores need to provide a cover sheet indicating the following information:
We are unable to process your request without the aforementioned information.
Students can request to re-take the placement tests if it has been three years or more since the last assessment test was completed and if the student has not attempted coursework within the subject they want to retest. Students who have compelling reasons and do not meet these criteria can speak with a counselor about their specific situation. If approved, documentation will be needed that shows approval from the chair of the department. Please contact the Testing Office for specific information.
Students can view sample English and Math test questions by clicking on this link: Sample Tests
Unfortunately Mesa College does not currently offer this service to students.
The computerized placement tests are not timed. However, the paper/pencil assessment tests are timed. Both math tests are 45 minutes each (of actual testing time) and the English test is 1 hour and 20 minutes (45 minutes for the reading section and 35 minutes for the writing section). Allow for another 15 minutes to fill out the scantron form and go over testing instructions.
It is important that students show up at least 15 minutes prior to the testing time and be prepared to present a picture identification and a College Student Identification (CSID).