Student and Community Services Building

Assessment Center

For New Students: Placement Tests Overview

Who Should Take Placement Tests?

All new students to De Anza must be assessed in basic skills IF they plan to:

  • Transfer;
  • Earn a degree or certificate;
  • Enroll in any English (or ESL) or Math course; or
  • Are undecided about their educational goals.

Students who have completed college-level coursework in English, Math, Chemistry and Biology at a US college should review the prerequisite clearance process.

Steps for Taking Placement Tests

  1. Prepare for Your Test(s)
    To determine which tests to take and how much review and preparation you need, read the test information and sample questions listed

  2. Make an appointment to take your test(s).

  3. Got Questions? Get answers at Frequently Asked Questions. Example: Can I use my high school transcript to clear prerequisites instead of testing?

Which Tests Should I Take?

  • Most new students are advised to take placement tests for English (or ESL) and Math.
  • Only students who plan to enroll in Chemistry 1A, Biology 6A or Biology 40A need to take Chemistry and Biology placement test.

Retest Policy

In keeping with matriculation guidelines and to better conserve limited resources, we are modifying placement testing procedures regarding retesting. Know the current retest policies for you tests.

Contact Us

View Assessment Center office hours, location and contact information.

Assessment Department Building: Student & Community Services
Room: SCS 143
Phone: 408.864.8717

Last Updated: 11/5/15