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Assessment & Placement Testing Overview

What is Assessment?

Assessment Eligibility

Waiving the Assessment Requirement

Out-of-Area & Online Placement Testing

 Placement Test Preparation

Retest Policy

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Why is Assessment Important? What is a Placement Test?

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Who Needs an Assessment?

Assessment is required for any student interested in starting the English, ESL and Math course sequences at De Anza College.

In general, this includes students that wish to...

The Assessment Center also offers Chemistry 1A/Biology 6A and Biology 40A Exams for those students that plan to enroll directly into Chemistry 1A, Biology 6A or Biology 40A.

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How Can an Assessment Requirement be Waived?

In general, all new students with no college-level course credit should take the English or ESL and math assessments.

Prerequisite Clearance Process (College Coursework & AP Credit)

Students who have earned college-level coursework in English, Math, Chemistry and Biology (at a US college/institution, Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Credit, etc.) should review the Admissions & Records Prerequisite Clearance Process.

Only interested in taking a few courses? Look up the course you wish to enroll in the Course Catalog and review the course's prerequisite.

Questions about Prerequisite Clearance? Contact the Evaluations Department directly at 408-864-5300 or email

Assessment Score Transfer

Students that have taken the below placement tests at other colleges, can request to transfer the scores to De Anza:

Simply complete the Request for Assessment Score Transfer Form (fillable PDF) along with your assessment results attached and email to 

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Placement Testing Information for Out-of-the-Area or Online Students

If you're out of the area or out of the state, follow these steps:

Out of state students can also visit the National College Testing Association (NCTA) for a listing of Testing Centers.

Be sure to study before testing!

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How to Prepare for Your Placement Testing Appointment

  1. Submit your unofficial high school transcript to the Assessment Center - Highly Recommended! for recent graduates using the High School Transcript Assessment for Placement Form (fillable PDF).
  2. Review our Frequently Asked Questions.
  3. Study for your tests by reviewing the Sample Questions.
  4. Make an Appointment at least three (3) weeks before your registration date.
  5. On the day of your testing appointment...
    1. Arrive 10-15 minutes early to the Registration & Student Services Building, RSS146 (Entrance is located outside of the RSS Building, facing Stevens Creek Blvd.);
    2. Have a valid photo ID and know De Anza Student ID Number; and
    3. Bring a few pencils.

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Retest Policy

Before testing, review the retest policies for each test.

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