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Testing is on a first-come, first-served drop-in basis -- no appointment is necessary. Assessment testing is free.


In order to test, you must have an El Camino College ID Number and a picture ID (driver's license, ECC ID, high school ID, military ID, passport, etc.). 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.


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 (SRC). All testing appointments must be arranged in advance with the SRC. If you will be needing accommodations for your placement or other tests 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

Neither ACT nor SAT scores are required for admission to El Camino College. But, per the California Chancellor's Office, test results from either the ACT or SAT can be used as one of multiple measures. Therefore, 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) Students who have taken the 11th grade CAASPP Test should refer to their Score Report.  If, on their Score Report, it indicates "Standard Exceeded" the student will be placed as follows:

"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.

The use of cellphones and other electronic media, including music-players, is not permitted in any of the assessment 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.

Check the 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. Placement testing for English as a Second Language (ESL) (Part 1) and Math Comprehension is computerized and available on a drop-in basis. Other tests, such as the Chemistry Placement, are given on an appointment-basis only. Appointments for them must be made in person in the Assessment Office in the Warrior Welcome Center.

The Assessment/Testing Office is no longer able to provide proctoring services for students taking on-line courses through other institutions.  However, this service is now available through ECC Community Education.  For further information, please contact Community Education at (310-660-6460) or via email at