Saddleback College Assessment Testing and Goals
Saddleback College offers a range of different Assessment tests to provide students with accurate course placement in math, English and reading. Students that need to take one or more of the placement exams, must make an appointment either online (click the button to the left) or by calling the Matriculation Office. Review our different testing sessions below in order to select the correct test for your needs. All students must apply to the college and have their student ID number BEFORE they can take any of the assessment exams.
Please Note: If you have already taken a placement exam at another Community College or have completed and passed a College math and English course please review the English and Math Assessment Exemptions page!
During a Regular or Walk-in test session, students will take the reading, English and math placement exams all in one sitting (2.5 hour session). Students may also take the reading section only, the math section only or the reading and English sections without the math.
Walk-in testing is available most days between the hours of 9:00am and 1:30pm. Please check the schedule for available dates.
Math only tests are now conducted in the regular and walkin test sessions.
The ESL test is designed to give ESL course placement to students that English is not their first language. Students that are looking to enroll in ESL courses must take this test before they register. Students taking this test will receive their test scores on the same day and meet with a counselor.
- Test Appointments: (ESL) Testing Schedule
- Test Time: 3 hours total, 45 min. exam and 2 hours with a counselor
- Test Scoring: Tests results will be given out during the counseling/advisement session
- Test Samples: ESL Questions
- Test Types: Celsa tests 1 and 2 (scantron & pencil)
The Writing Sample is a way for students to appeal their English Composition placement level. If a student believes that their placement recommendation is not indicative of his/her abilities, the student may appeal their English placement by taking the writing sample test. Students taking the Writing Sample Test will read a short passage and write a short essay answering the prompt. Appeals are final and the placement given from this test cannot be appealed again.
- Test Appointments: Writing Sample Schedule
- Test Time: 1 hour total
- Test Scoring: Appeals are scored by a panel of instructors and will be completed with-in 5 business days from the day after the test was taken unless that day falls on a weekend. If the next day falls on a weekend, the 5 days will begin on the following Monday.
Saddleback College acknowledges the importance of maximizing a student's ability to make individual choices based on accurate, relevant information and is committed to developing, implementing and refining policies and procedures which are in the best interests of the student.
The matriculation process brings the student and Saddleback College into a partnership agreement with the common objective of realizing the student's educational goal through the established programs, policies and requirements of the college.
The Student Agrees to:
Saddleback College Agrees to Provide:
- Complete the Matriculation process including: Online Orientation, Assessment, and Student Advisement.
- Complete a Student Education Plan and establish goals
- Attend class
- Discuss academic goals with a Counselor
- Use support services as needed
- Make progress toward achieving a goal
- Consider recommendations given by a Counselor or an Instructor
- Resources and support services
- Assessment and college orientation
- Counseling and advisement
- Courses in Basic Skills
- Individual student educational plans
- Career, learning and transfer centers
- Continued monitoring of academic progress