Frequently Asked Questions
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Do I have to be assessed to take English or math classes? 

Yes, but there are a number of ways to be placed in the correct courses.  Call, email, or stop by to find out how we can serve you the best and most efficient way possible.

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 Assessment/Testing Office located?

In Student Services on the first floor in the Warrior Welcome Center

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 if I am taking a test?

  • Your El Camino College ID Number
  • A picture ID e.g. 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. No test will start later than 1 hour before closing.
What are the hours of the Assessment/Testing office? 
The hours are the same as the Warrior Welcome Center - While class is in session in the fall and spring - Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hours vary during winter, summer, and in between semesters.

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.