The Assessment Center will not be testing from February 4th through the March 15th. The main office will be open for questions. Placements will begin again in early March. Thank you for your understanding, Assessment
The Assessment Center provides placement testing services for prospective and current students at Los Angeles Pierce College (LAPC).
It is the mission of the Pierce College Assessment Center to provide students with knowledge of their interests and aptitudes to better enable them to formulate their educational goals. When a student knows their English and math skill levels, they will be properly placed, thus increasing their probability of academic success.
- All students must first apply to LAPC and receive their Student ID number before taking part in the placement testing process.
- Placement testing is offered Monday through Saturday by appointment. Review available testing dates and times at the Testing Calendar web page.
- The Assessment Center currently offers three placement tests:
- English Native Language (ENL)
- English as a Second Language (ESL)
- You may not need to take the Placement Exam(s) if you are not enrolling in an English or Math class. See the current Schedule of Classes to verify any prerequisites.
- There are English and Math classes available without taking the Placement Exam: English 79, the lowest level of ESL, and Math 110 or 112.
- Go to our Online Appointment System web page (Assessment testing cancelled until early March)
- Log in with Student ID Number and Birth Date
- Select an available appointment
- Complete required information
- Print Confirmation Page
Testing Appointment notes
- Times listed are start times. Plan on arriving at least 15 minutes prior to start time to check-in. Late arrivals will not be admitted to the exams.
- English Native Language (ENL) appointments fill up quickly. Do not sign up for an English as a Second Language Exam (ESL) if you plan on enrolling in English 21, 28 or 101
- Math and English exams must be booked separately
- The online appointment system only schedules exams for a two-week period. Our exams fill up quickly. Check back each morning as new dates become available.
- If you need an earlier appointment, please review the online calendar to arrange a time to walk-in to an exam and be placed on the waiting list.
- The waiting list is not a guaranteed time to test; only an arrangement to have the opportunity to test, if room is available after all appointments have been seated.
- The waiting list starts 20 minutes prior to the start of the exam. Arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time, if you are trying to walk-in to an exam.
- If you cannot make your scheduled appointment, please cancel via the Online Appointment System
- If you encounter problems logging into the Online Appointment System, email the Assessment Office describing the problem. Include your ID number and date of birth.
The LAPC Assessment Center is located on the first floor in the Student Services Building, next to Parking Lot 1. Go to LAPC Campus Map to locate the Center, available for viewing or download as an Adobe Acrobat Portable Document (PDF) file.
- A valid LAPC ID number
- Government-issued photo identification card (e.g., California driver's license, California ID card, passport, or military ID). A second form of photo ID may be required in some cases. Be sure to bring two forms of ID with you.
- If you are still in high school or recently graduated, a high school ID may be presented.
- Photocopies of IDs, passports, etc., will not be accepted under any circumstances.
- We will not be able to assess you without proper ID. If you have lost your ID, go to your nearest DMV office to obtain a temporary driver’s license or ID. We will gladly accept a DMV printout that includes a picture (with verifying information).
The college's matriculation plan requires that all students who plan on taking English, English as a second language (ESL), Math, eight units or more and/or pursuing a Certificate or Degree must participate in the placement process.
- English as a Native Language, designed for students whose primary language is English. The ENL test is designed for those who fit one of the following three criteria:
- Graduated High School in the U.S.
- Passed GED for H.S.E. in the U.S.
- Enrolled in native English speaking classes in High School
- English as a Second Language, designed for students wanting to learn English
- English Placement Exams are paper and pencil exams, multiple choice format. Plan on spending approximately 1.5 hours on the exam.
- Math Placement Exam is a paper and pencil exam. Calculators are not allowed. Scratch paper will be provided. Plan on spending approximately 1.5 hours on the exam.
- If Math and English exams are taken together, plan on approximately three hours total.
- Currently, we do not administer placement exams for other colleges.
- You cannot assess for a course that you are currently enrolled in. For example: if you are enrolled in a Mathematics class, you will not be eligible to retake the Mathematics assessment test. Same applies for English, ESL, and Chemistry.
- If you completed an English, ESL, Math or Chemistry class, you do not qualify to reassess in each perspective discipline.
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