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Marcella Brown
Assessment Specialist
Office Hours: One-Stop Center Room A-213: Mon - Thu: 8am - 4:30pm, Fri: 9am - 1pm
Phone: (619) 660-4426



What is Assessment?

Assessment is a placement test that determines what math or English class you will begin with in college.

Why is Assessment important?

Assessment places you into a specific level of math, English, English as a second language (ESL), and/or chemistry. It determines where you start in the sequence of courses and how long it will take for you to get your degree or transfer. The better you do, the fewer classes you will need to reach your goal. Before you come to take the assessment, it is important to take the time to review so you can do your best.

Who should take the placement test?

  • Students who designate their educational goals to include transfer, obtain an associate degree, or earn a certificate of achievement.
  • Students who register for any English course or for a mathematics course at or above the level of elementary algebra, or for any course which has English or math as a prerequisite.
  • Students who have taken the Cuyamaca College English and Mathematics Placement Tests more than two years ago and have not used those scores for placement purposes.

Who may be exempted from taking the placement tests?

  • Earned an Associate Degree or higher at an accredited college or university. Must provide copy of diploma or unofficial transcript.
  • Completed English and/or Mathematics courses at an accredited college or university. Must provide unofficial transcript.
  • Completed Advance Placement (AP) in English and/or Mathematics. Must provide a copy of the AP Examination results with scores of 3, 4 or 5.
  • Students that have graduated from a high school in the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) should be given the Math Articulated Credit Form to have signed by their high school counselor if they wish to be exempt from the Mathematics assessment and receive credit for Math 110. Students must provide proof of having completed Algebra 1 and Geometry with a grade of “C” or better, and a grade of “B” or better in Algebra II in the last two years. They can be cleared to take a Mathematics course at the level of 120-178. Enrollment in higher level courses requires going through the Math assessment process.
  • With regards to the bullet above, students from the GUHSD that received a “C” in Algebra II may be exempt from the assessment process by bringing an unofficial transcript. They can be placed in Math 110 while still in high school.
  • Completed the assessment process at another California Community College and the appropriate documentation of placement is provided.
  • If a student is enrolling in a course for educational/personal enrichment course that does not require English or Math as a prerequisite, co-requisite or advisory (recommended preparation).
  • Scores from assessments such as ELM, SAT, ACT and EPT are not used to exempt students or clear prerequisites.
  • Substandard grades in previous English or math classes cannot be used for placement.
English/Math Placement Challenge

If you already took the English and/or math assessment at Cuyamaca College, but wish to challenge your placement level, contact the Assessment Office at 619-660-4426 to schedule a challenge exam. Only exams given by the Cuyamaca College Assessment Office are acceptable for this purpose.

Chemistry Challenge

Please review the Cuyamaca College catalog regarding Chemistry prerequisites. If you wish to enroll in Chemistry 141 without taking Chemistry 120, you must take the Chemistry challenge exam. Contact the Assessment Office at 619-660-4426 to schedule an appointment.

Do I need to make an appointment to take my assessment?

The English and math assessments require an appointment. You can make an appointment through Webadvisor. If needed, watch a video to learn how to use WebAdvisor.

To make an assessment appointment:

  • Login to WebAdvisor
  • Click the Students tab
  • Click the Assessment/Advising Appointment Scheduling link

If there are no appointments available, please check back daily.

English and math assessment tests will be conducted in room E-210.

What if English is not my first language?

To choose between the English and ESL assessments, please answer the following questions:

  1. Is English the first language you learned as a child?
  2. Did you complete at least six years of education, including high school, in schools where all of your subjects were taught in English?
  3. Do you usually speak English with your friends and/or co-workers?

If you answered “Yes” to two or three of the questions, select the English assessment.

If you answered “No” to two or three of the questions, select the ESL assessment.

What accommodations are available for students with disabilities?

If you have a disability, contact Disabled Students Programs and Services for assistance with accommodations at (619) 660-4239.

What happens after I take my assessment?

After completing the assessment process, you can retrieve your test scores from Webadvisor within 24 hours. Please login and click on "Recommended Placement”. The next step is to make sure you complete the Online Orientation and the Online Advising which is located on Webadvisor.

Can I retake the assessment if I am not satisfied with my score?

Students can request to re-take the placement tests if it has been a year 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 Assessment Office for specific information.

What should I do to prepare for my assessment?

  • Understand that the assessment determines the level of courses you’ll start out in.
  • Understand that placement into lower-level courses will mean more semesters in community college.
  • Familiarize yourself with the style and content of the test (for a better outcome and to reduce test anxiety).
  • Review and work the sample questions in the Study Guides.
  • Come to your appointment well-rested and refreshed.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Don’t come to the assessment hungry.

What should I expect on the day of the assessment?

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled starting time to complete the required check-in process. No admittance once a testing session has started.
  • Bring a valid photo ID and assigned student identification number. Find out how to get your student ID Number
  • Students must purchase $2.00 daily campus parking permit if parking on campus (available at machines in the parking lot) and place it on your windshield.
  • Cell phones must be turned off during assessment session.
Last Updated: 12/01/2014


Marcella Brown
Assessment Specialist
Office Hours: One-Stop Center Room A-213: Mon - Thu: 8am - 4:30pm, Fri: 9am - 1pm
Phone: (619) 660-4426

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