Frequently Asked Questions
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Do I have to take the Level Up Survey?

Yes, you will need to if you are going to enroll into a course that requires a placement, such as English or Math. (See ECC College Catalog or ECC Class Schedule for testing prerequisites.)  

Do I have to take the placement test for English as a Second Language courses?

Yes, if you are going to enroll in English as a Second Language course. 

Do I need an appointment?

No, services are provided on a first-come, first-served drop-in basis.

Where is the Testing Office located?

In the Student Services Center, 2nd floor, Room 217.

What is the difference betweeen Testing Sign-in hours and Office hours?

  Testing Sign-in hours
are the hours students can sign-in or complete the check-in process to begin testing. Once students are signed-in for an English as a Second Language (Part 1) or Math Competency test they may continue testing until the office closes for the day.

  Office hours are the hours the office remains open each day. While the testing sign-in hours may be over, students may receive other services during office hours. For example, complete the Level Up Survey.

Where can I call for additional testing information?  
         The phone number of the Testing Office is 310-660-3405 (live and recorded information). 
What do I need to bring?

  • Your El Camino ID Number (the number you received when you filed your online application to the College)
  • A picture ID (driver's license, ECC ID, high school ID, military ID, passport, etc.
  • A pen

How long are the tests?

The tests are not timed—their approximate length is 45 minutes to 1 hour each.

What are the tests like?

The tests are taken on a computer—however, no special knowledge of computers is required.
Links to study sites and sample questions are available on the Testing Webpage under TEST PREPARATION.  (Go to Home Page.)

Is there a fee for the tests?

No, all assessment testing is free.

When do I get the results?

The same day.

Can I repeat the tests?

Yes, you may take the English as a Second Language (ESL) & Math Competency tests a second time.