Assessment Center

​​​​​​​​Assessment, Placement and Credit by Exam and Service

​All NEW students are required to be assessed in English (or ESL) and Math. Students are exempt from placement testing and assessment if they have earned an Associate or Bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university or have completed college course work in English and Math at another college (transcript required).  The Assessment test is not a pass-fail test and does not exclude you from admission to Evergreen Valley College. It is a test to determine the appropriate course level for you.

Students must be assessed if they plan to:

    • Transfer
    • Earn a degree or certificate
    • Enroll in any English, ESL, or Math courses

Assessment Center Information

Applicant Basic Skills Assessment (English skills and math skills)

You may schedule assessment and orientation appointments by calling (408) 274-7900 ext. 6636. Information about the test is available in the Assessment Center and in the Counseling Office. You will be asked to show a picture ID at all placement test appointments.

There are two types of language placement tests: The "English As A First Language" (EFL) test is the best English skills assessment for persons who speak English only or for persons who speak English and another language(s) and consider their skill in English to be stronger than their skill in the other language(s). The "English As A Second Language" (ESL) test is the best English skills assessment for persons who speak English and another language(s), and consider their skill in the other language(s) to be stronger than their skill in English.​

Mathematics placement tests are offered to determine math skills on levels ranging from basic mathematics to beginning calculus.

If you plan to take the COMPASS EFL/Math placement tests, see sample questions at

If you plan to take the ESL test, there are sample questions for the COMPASS  listening and reading tests. There is also a writing test. If you want more information about the writing test, contact the Assessment Center. If you want to access the sample questions click on the link below:

Placement Test Schedule

Procedure to sign-up to take a placement test​:

    • Students must complete the online application for admission and obtain an Evergreen Valley College student identification number, which will be received after the application has been processed. If the number is not received in three days, please call the Admissions and Records office at (408)270-6441 for help in obtaining the number.
    • After obtaining the EVC student identification number, a student may call the Assessment Center to make an appointment for a placement test by calling the Assessment Center at 274-7900 ext: 6636. Test dates are available now.  Students will be asked for their Evergreen Valley College student identification number when they make the placement test appointment.

Credit By Examination


Students may earn college credit by examination under specified conditions. Not all courses can be challenged through credit by examination. Courses which are eligible for the Credit by Examination process are identified in the college catalog by the letter "E" listed in the "grading" designation for the course. Information relative to testing dates and procedures may be obtained from any college counselor.

Advance​​d Placement Program

College credit will be granted to students who provide the college with official test results showing minimum passing scores for either CEEB or CLEP examinations.

Non-Co​llegiate Courses

Credit will be granted according to the recommendation approved or listed in the Instructional Guide for noncredit courses published by the American Council of Education.
Credit by examination shall be granted to a maximum of 12 units. A student must be registered at Evergreen Valley College at the time he/she applies and takes the examination. An application for credit by examination must be approved by the appropriate instructional dean. Credit shall be posted only when a student has completed at least 12 units of study at Evergreen Valley College.

Credit For Military Service

Veterans who have served 180 days or more of active duty are eligible to receive two (2) units for Military Science, two (2) units for Physical Education, and two (2) units for Health Education. Veterans must submit a certified copy of their DD-214 to the Veterans Coordinator in the Office of Admissions and Records to receive this credit. Additional units for certain military technical schools may be granted upon evaluation of the DD-214.​​​

Contact Info:​

Room Locations

The Assessment Center is located in the Admissions and Records Building.
The Counseling Center is located in the Student Services Building, SC-255.

Telephone Numbers

Assessment Center:
(408) 274-7900, ext. 6636
Counseling Office:
(408) ​270-6475​

Regular Hours

MThF  8am - 5pm

TW    12pm - 9pm

Drop-In Hours

(No Drop-In ESL testing)

T        1pm - 5pm

F         9am -1pm

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