Finding the Right Course for You!

Assessment Center Updates: Fall 2020

Watch Our New Video !

Check out the latest in our Video Help Series – for a fun, '80s-themed overview of everything need to know about completing assessment at De Anza.

We're Available Online

While we're currently unable to offer in-person assessment or exams, you can complete the assessment process and take a science exam online.

  • You can use our online contact form to schedule an online assessment or exam, or to ask any questions about the process.
  • Be sure provide your full name and eight-digit De Anza student ID number (also known as a Campuswide ID or CWID), and tell us how we can assist you.

Tip: Math Course Names are Changing

Remember these important tips if you're registering for Math this summer or fall: 

  • Students who placed into Precalculus I should register for MATH 31 (formerly MATH 41)
  • Students who placed into Precalculus II should register for MATH 32 (formerly MATH 42)

Review our Mathematics (MATH) course sequence.

Check Your Assessment Results

students giving thumbs upMost students can now be assessed on the basis of their U.S. high school transcripts and GPA. 

  • Every new student should start by checking MyPortal for their assessment results.
  • It's easy to doFollow these steps
  • ESL students: Use our ESL assessment process, designed to assist students who are learning English as a Second Language. 

No Transcript? No Problem!

  • If you don't have a recent transcript from a U.S. high school, we'll use other methods to help you find the best placement for you. 
  • If you're attending on an F-1 visa, you should contact the International Student Programs office to learn about assessment methods available for you.

Learn Your Options!

Use our Online Explainer to learn more about how your placement is determined and what options you'll want to consider. Afterward, be sure to talk with your counselor about choosing the right courses for your goals.

Our assessment process for English, English as a Second Language (ESL) and Math is designed to help you find the courses that are right for you – based on your circumstances and goals. It's an essential step for any student interested in taking these courses at De Anza. It's also required for getting priority enrollment!

Course Sequences for English, ESL and Math

Want More Support?

English and Math can be challenging. If you've had difficulty with these subjects before – or if you don't feel ready to take college-level courses in these areas – don't worry!

  • You can still take developmental English or developmental Math classes that will help prepare you for the courses you need to meet your goals.
  • You may also want to check out the Math Performance Success program, which offers tutoring and in-class support. 
  • If English is not your first language, we have an assessment process to help you find the right courses in English as a Second Language

Talk with your counselor about the best options for you.

Already Taken a Placement Test?

If you've already taken placement tests for Math or English at De Anza, you may now be eligible to take different courses than those in which you had been placed. Learn more if you took

Why Have Assessment? 

Under state law, community colleges must do their best to help you complete transfer-level Math and English within a year – unless your high school records indicate that remedial courses would give you a better chance to succeed at the college level.

Like most community colleges, De Anza previously used placement testing to assess new students. But the latest research shows your high school performance is a better indicator than placement tests, when it comes to predicting your ability to succeed. 

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