Mesa Journeys



Testing Center


  • Student Services Building
    Second Floor, I4-201

  • Monday - Thursday:
    8:00am - 5:00pm
    8:00am - 3:00pm


Frequently Asked Questions

Assessment Center
Frequently Asked Questions


1. Need more information about the online orientation?

Orientation is one of the steps in matriculating to Mesa and is designed to cover:

  • Information About Mesa College
  • Class Schedule and Catalog Rights
  • Student Services
  • Educational Objectives
  • Registration Process
  • Interpretation of Assessment Scores
  • Other student services department needs

  Online Orientation

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2. what is assessment and its purpose?

Assessment is a process that is designed to assist student in determining which English and math courses that they should start with, specifically identifying milestones in those areas. Assessment also helps students in meeting course prerequisites.  Students may also meet course prerequisites based on other factors such as English and math course completion. 

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3. What is the placement Assistant?

Students who have graduated from a U.S high school more than 10 years ago, completed the GED or HiSet exam are eligible for this assessment. The Placement Assistant will identify courses that students can enroll in using prior high school academic history. Students will report their high school GPA, and completed English and math courses while in high school.  Based on the information provided, students will receive and English and math placement milestone.

*The Placement Assistant will only allow one submission per student*  

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4. Who may be exempted from doing the placement assistant?

  • Students who have earned an Associate degree or higher from an accredited institution 
  • Students who have completed English and math courses
  • Students who have a qualifying schore on an SAT, ACT, or CAASPP/EAP. 
    All tests must have been completed within the past two years.
    Students should bring or send official copies of their test scores directly to the District Student Services Office. They can be reached at (619) 388-6922. 
New SAT - Evidence Based Reading & Writing 550**
New SAT - Math 570**
ACT - English 22
ACT - Math 23
CAASPP/EAP "Standard Exceeded" is exempt
CAASPP/EAP "Standard Met" - see below; Transcript required

To use any of the above standardized tests, please note that our District requires official documentation  from the test provider, and the scores must be  less than 2 years old. With most test providers, we will generally receive the scores within ~3 weeks. Only when scores are processed are exemptions final. Our routing information is:

College Board School Code:  004735
ACT School Code:  0337

CAASPP "Standard Met" Students with Conditionally-Ready status can obtain College-Ready status by taking an approved English and/or math course in high school and earning a grade of ‘C’ or better during their senior year.

High School English Courses: High School Math Courses:
  • Expository Reading & Writing Course (ERWC)
  • AP Literature/Composition
  • Weighted Honors English
  • IB English
  • Trigonometry
  • Math Analysis
  • Pre-Calculus or Calculus
  • AP Calculus AB or BC
  • AP Physics
  • AP Statistics

Students should bring or send official copies of their CAASPP test scores  AND  their High School transcripts directly to the District Student Services office to clear prerequisites. They can be reached at 619-388-6922 or at our District Office, located at 3375 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108.

Standardized Tests for Credit :   Please refer to  District Evaluations   for guidelines on submitting these transcripts for credit; the  Mesa College Catalog  contains information about subject and score requirements.  Course credit may be available for nontraditional education through:

  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)

*Transcripts noting substandard grades or withdrawals in previous English or math classes at another College  cannot  be substituted for placement.

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5. How can students clear prerequisites if they have completed courses at other institutions? 

Prerequisites are processed through the central SDCCD Records Office. You may contact the Prerequisite Evaluators at 619-388-6934, or email Note: this is strictly for the purpose of clearing prerequisites before registration;  official transcripts for graduation/transfer may still be required.
For more details about prerequisites, go to Student Web Services at  and click on the key Resources link and select General Information.

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6. Can I Challenge My placement Level in order to Clear a Prerequisite for Course?

In some cases, yes. Challenge (or Advancement) Exams are available for a variety of courses and can clear prerequisites for Mesa classes.  See the Challenge Exam FAQs