Frequently Asked Questions


Do I have to take a placement test?

Yes, you will need to test if you are going to enroll into a course that requires a placement test, such as English, Math, or ESL. (See ECC College Catalog or ECC Class Schedule for testing prerequisites.)  If you have taken an ACCUPLACER placement test at another community college, you may use the scores here at El Camino College.  An original copy of the scores will need to be presented in person to the Assessment/Testing Center, so that they may be manually input into the system.  

Do I need an appointment?

No, testing is 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 or math 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, request duplicate score reports. 

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 them a second time if you have NOT enrolled into any English (Reading or Writing) or Math course sequences. For example, you may repeat the reading portion of the English test (Reading Comprehension) if you have not enrolled into (or completed) any reading course(s) at El Camino College or the El Camino Compton Center.  Conversely, you may repeat the writing portion of the English test (Sentence Skills) if you have not enrolled into (or completed) any writing course(s) at El Camino College or the El Camino Compton Center.  The same applies to Math—once you have begun the math sequence at El Camino College or the El Camino Compton Center, you may not skip courses by re-testing.