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Location Assessment Center
Student Activity Center West
Phone 831.479.6165
Fax 831.479.6169
Office Hours Mon-Thurs: 8:30am-4:30pm
Fri: 9am-12pm
We're in the office at these times unless noted on the calendar or if we're in Watosnville.
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Assessment/Placement Process at Cabrillo College

What is the Assessment Process?

Assessment is a process that gives you placement recommendations for math, English, or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses that best match your skills and your educational goals.

We use multiple factors to determine the placement recommendations. A combination of your test score, high school courses and GPA are used to determine your placement. We encourage you to bring a copy of your high school transcript with you to assessment. If you do not have transcript information, we will help you to self-report information that is an accurate reflection of your performance in high school. We will explain your placement recommendations after you complete the process.

Who Needs to Assess?

  • All new, first time students are required to complete the assessment process. You need to complete the assessment process if you are working towards a degree or certificate, if you are taking a class with a math or English prerequisite, and if you want the earliest possible registration time.

Who Does Not Need to Assess?

  • Any student taking a class for personal enrichment and has no desire to complete an educational goal, such as a degree, certificate or transfer to a university. If your plans change, then you may need to complete the assessment process. Students that have not completed assessment and do not have an identified educational goal will receive the lowest registration priority.
  • Students who have successfully completed math and English courses, earned an Associate Degree or higher do not need to assess, unless you are enrolling in a class with a prerequisite that you have not satisfied. It is important to send us your official transcripts to clear prerequisites. Click here for instructions to submit your transcripts.
  • Students who have results from the following exams may not need to assess. Click here for instructions to submit your scores:
    • California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP, a K-12 standardized test)
    • Advanced Placement (AP)
    • CLEP
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) scores
    • Assessment results from another accredited college or university
  • If you will be enrolling in some classes offered through Accessibility Support Center (ASC). Check with them (831) 479-6379.
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