New Assessment Policy: Language Arts

Please note

  • To learn how you may be affected by the new assessment policies for Math, please visit the Math Assessment webpage.

De Anza College is now using multiple methods to assess students’ Math and English skills. Depending on your individual circumstances, you may no longer need to take placement tests.

  • If you have not yet taken placement tests, please visit our main Assessment Center webpage to learn about the new assessment process.
  • Some students who have already taken English placement tests may now qualify for a different placement, or may be eligible to enroll directly in EWRT 1A (Composition and Reading). To see if you qualify, please follow the steps below.

Here’s what you need to do

  • Check MyPortal for your placement: Log in to MyPortal and click on the Registration tab, then click on "See My Placement Test Results."
  • If eligible, the placement you see will be based on your U.S. high school transcript and GPA.
  • If you don't see a placement, you will need to submit your high school information by using the Student Assessment form.
  • If you wish, you may still take the Language Arts placement test to see if you are eligible for a higher-level course than your U.S. high school GPA qualifies you to take. Please visit the Placement Tests webpage for details on how to schedule your test.

In order to qualify on the basis of your U.S. high school transcript and GPA, you'll need to make sure that De Anza has your U.S. high school transcript. You can do that by submitting the Student Assessment form.

If you didn't attend high school in the United States, you'll need to take a Language Arts placement test. Please visit the Placement Tests webpage for details on how to schedule your test.

Basic Skills and Developmental Courses Still Available!

You may still choose to take any of the following courses if you feel you would benefit from the extra foundation these courses provide. Any student may enroll directly into these courses.

Questions?

If you have any questions about choosing the best English course for your educational goal, please contact the Counseling and Advising Center or the office where you usually receive academic counseling.