GENERAL TESTING INFORMATION
Testing is on a first-come, first-served drop-in basis -- no appointment is necessary. Assessment
testing is free.
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IN ORDER TO TEST
In order to test, you must have an El Camino College ID Number and a picture ID (such as a driver's license). The ID should be either government-issued or from a school, and be an original, not a copy. Your first and last names must be clearly legible and the photograph must be recognizable. You should also bring a pen to the testing session.
It is not possible to apply on-line and take the tests on the same day, as it takes at least 1-2 days in a slow period or up to 3-4 days in a busy period for the system to process your application and create an ID number for you.
Tests are not timed, but their length is approximately one hour each. Although the tests are taken on a computer, no special knowledge of computers is necessary. Results are available immediately after completion.
All testing that requires accommodations is done on an individual basis through the Special Resource Center. All testing appointments must be arranged in advance with the SRC. If you will be needing accommodations for your placement or other tests to be taken on campus, please contact the Special Resource Center as soon as possible. SRC Testing Services may be reached at 310-660-3593, ext. 3293 or at SRCTA@ELCAMINO.EDU.
ACT & SAT TEST SCORES
Neither ACT nor SAT scores are required for admission to El Camino College. Per the California Chancellor's Office, "Test results from either the ACT or SAT can be used as a multiple measure, if used along with other measures". Thusly, ACT or SAT scores may not be used alone for placement into either English or Math courses.
CAASPP (CALIFORNIA ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT PERFORMANCE AND PROGRESS) SCORE REPORT Students who have taken the 11th grade CAASPP Test should refer to their Score Report. If, on their Score Report, it indicates "Standard Exceeded" in both subject areas, it will not be necessary for them to take either the English or Math Placement Tests. If, however, one or both of the results for English or Math say "Standard Met", "Standard Nearly Met", or "Standard Not Met", then they will need to do the placement test(s) for the subject area(s) that do not say "Standard Exceeded".
"Standard Exceeded" for English equals placement into English 1A.
"Standard Exceeded" for Math equals placement into Math 110, 111, 115, 120, 130, 140, 150, and 170.
In order for students to use their CAASPP results, they must take their Score Report to an ECC Counselor to have the appropriate waiver(s) put into the system for the above placements. Results must be used within one year of graduation from high school.
CELLPHONES & ELECTRONIC MEDIA
The use of cellphones and other electronic media, including music-players, is not permitted in any of the testing rooms. All cellphones and electronic media must be turned off while testing. Students violating this rule may be asked to leave and their tests cancelled.
DEADLINE FOR TESTING
Check the testing prerequisites of classes you plan to take early enough, so that you will be able to complete any tests required before you register. Prerequisites are indicated in the course listings of both the College Catalog and Schedule of Classes. All testing data is generally uploaded to the registration system by 11pm of the day that you test. If you do not have your testing completed, you will not be able to enroll into the particular classes that require them. Placement testing for English, math, and English as a Second Language (ESL) (Part 1) is computerized and available on a drop-in basis in the Assessment/Testing Center, SSVC 217, according to posted hours. Other tests, such as the Chemistry Placement, are given on an appointment-basis only. Appointments for them must be made in person at the Assessment/Testing Center.
Placement test scores are part of the multiple measures used in your overall assessment. Examples of multiple measures are academic skills, discipline-specific tests, courses completed, grades, use of skills at work, and work-related training. If you feel that your placement test scores do not accurately reflect your true English and math abilities, you should speak with a counselor and have him/her evaluate all documented multiple measures which pertain to you. Remember to take your testing results with you when you attend your academic advisement or educational planning session.
The Assessment/Testing Center is no longer able to provide proctoring services for students taking on-line courses through other institutions. However, this service is now available through the ECC Community Education Office. Please contact them by phone (310-660-6460) or by e-mail (CommEd@elcamino.edu) for further information.