Do I Need to Take an Assessment?

DVC recommends that every student takes both the math and English or ESL assessments. The chemistry assessment is optional. There are specific cases where you may be exempt, meaning, you will not be required to take the assessments. Review details below, or review our how to clear assessment chart. 

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I have already taken a college level math or English course

If you have completed a college level math or English course and received a “C” or higher, you can use that class to meet the assessment requirement. In order to qualify for this exemption you will need to submit the Assessment Clearance Form with your transcript (official or unofficial) to the Admissions and Records Office.

I have completed an associate degree or higher

If you have an associate degree or higher, you will need to submit the Assessment Clearance Form with your transcript (official or unofficial) to the Admissions and Records Office .

I was placed into English 122 for reading or writing, not both

Depending on your goals, you may want to take one or both assessments even if you have already completed a degree. 

If you have already taken the English assessment and were placed into English 122 for reading OR writing, you only have to retake the portion of the assessment that you did not place into English 122.

For example:

  • If you placed into English 122 for writing, you only need to retake the reading portion.
  • If you placed into English 122 for reading, you only need to retake the writing portion.

I have taken the assessments at another California Community College 

If you have taken the assessment at another California Community College in the past two years, you can choose to use those placements for DVC classes.  Multiple Measures Assessment Program (MMAP) placements are not accepted from any college.

To qualify for this exemption you may:

  • bring a copy of your official placement report to the Assessment Center, 
  • email your official  placement report to assessmentcenter@dvc.edu ,
  • have the school fax your official  placement report directly to the Assessment Center (fax number: 925-682-8179) , or
  • if taken at Los Medanos College or Contra Costa College, your results will be in the computer system.  There is no need to forward the report to the Assessment Center.
    • Please note: At this time we are not able to use the Multiple Measures Assessment Program (MMAP) placements from any California Community College.

Your official  placement report  must  include the date taken, school information, your name, and DVC student ID#. 

Please note: DVC does not accept scores from UCs, CSUs, private or out-of-state schools. You cannot take the assessment at DVC for use at another school. 

I have already taken English 116 or 118

If you have passed English 116 (reading) or 118 (writing) with a “C” or higher, you may only need to take part of the English assessment.

For example:

  • If you’ve taken the equivalent of English 116, you may only need to take the writing portion of the English assessment.
  • If you’ve taken the equivalent of English 118, you may only need to take the reading portion of the English assessment.

I took the Early Assessment Program (EAP) portion of the STAR test

English assessment exemption:

  • If you took the EAP portion on your STAR test and received “CSU Ready” then you do not need to take the English assessment. Submit a copy of your test results to the Assessment Center for review.
  • If you received a “CSU Ready – Conditional for English” andyou have completed an Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) with a "C" or better during your senior year of high school, you may be exempt. Submit your transcript (official or unofficial) along with your EAP scores to the Assessment Center.

Math assessment exemption:

  • If you took the EAP portion on your STAR test and received “CSU Ready” then you do not need to take the math assessment. Submit a copy of your test results to the Assessment Center for review.
  • Conditional scores are not accepted for a math exemption.

In order to qualify for this exemption you must:

  • find your EAP math or English results at CSU Math Success ,
  • print a copy of your results,
  • write your DVC student ID number at the top of the page,
  • submit your results to the Assessment Center:
    • in person,
    • fax  925-682-8179, or
    • email to assessmentcenter@dvc.edu.

Please note:EAP scores are valid for one year after your graduation from high school. 

I took the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

English assessment exemption:

  • If you took the CAASPP during your 11th grade, and received “Standard Exceeded” then you do not need to take the English assessment.  Submit a copy of your test results to the Assessment Center for review.
  • If you received a “Standard Met” andyou have completed an Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC)  with a "C" for better during your senior year of high school, you may be exempt.  Submit your transcript (official or unofficial) along with your CAASPP scores to the Assessment Center.

Math assessment exemption:

  • If you took the CAASPP during your 11th grade, and received “Standard Exceeded” then you do not need to take the math assessment.  Submit a copy of your test results to the Assessment Center for review.
  • “Standard Met” scores are not accepted for a math exemption.

In order to qualify for this exemption you must:

  • find your CAASPP math or English results at California Department of Education ,
  • print a copy of your results,
  • write your DVC student ID number at the top of the page,
  • submit your results to the Assessment Center by one of the following:

Still not sure if you meet "Standard Exceeded?" Review our CAASPP guide for more information. 

Please note: CAASPP scores taken during junior year are valid for two yearsafter your graduation from high school.  

I took Advanced Placement (AP), SAT, or ACT exams in high school

English assessment exemption: 

If you took the English Literature or Language Advanced Placement (AP) exam and scored a "3" or higher, you may submit your scores and  a completed Prerequisite Form to the Admissions and Records Office .

Math assessment exemption:

If you took the Calculus AB or BC Advanced Placement (AP) exam and scored a "3" or higher, you may submit your scores and  a completed Prerequisite Form to the Admissions and Records Office.

Please note:For both math and English, the Admissions and Records office will need to evaluate your scores before exempting you from taking the assessments.

SAT and ACTexams are not used for placement.

I passed Algebra II or higher in high school

If you completed Algebra II or higher and received a grade of “C” or higher both semesters, you may submit your transcripts (official or unofficial) and a completed Prerequisite Form to the Admissions and Records Office.

I am only taking a class for enjoyment

You are not required to take the assessment. Although, in order to qualify for priority registration you must either take an English or math assessment, or submit exemption paperwork if you have previously attended college or hold an AA degree or higher.  Priority registration also requires you to complete an orientation and educational planning.  Learn more about priority registration .

I am a DSS student

DSS student must take the assessment unless they meet a different reason listed above. 

If you require extra time or other accommodations for a disability, please register with DVC's Disability Support Services office beforescheduling an assessment (Student Services Center, room 248, phone: 925-969-2185).

Contact the Assessment Center

Contact

Telephone: 925-969-2132

Email: assessmentcenter@dvc.edu

Fax: 925-682-8179

Office location: SSC building, room 140 (first floor)  Pleasant Hill campus map

Hours

Monday/Wednesday/Thursday:8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday:8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Friday:8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Contact

Telephone: 925-551-6215

Email:  auawithya@dvc.edu

Fax: 925-242-0856

Office location: West Building 109  San Ramon campus map

Hours

Monday-Thursday:11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Friday:Closed