Applicant Basic Skills Assessment - English 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 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:
Link to Sample ESL Questions
Placement Test Schedule
Procedure for new "FIRST TIME" college students:
The Assessment Center is located in the Admissions and Records Building.
The Counseling Center is located the Student Services Building, SC-255.
Telephone NumbersAssessment Center: 408-274-7900, ext 6636
Counseling Office: 408-270-6475