Assessment testing is administered to incoming students in order to:
If you have taken English and/or math through an accredited institution, or have taken a placement test previously, you may have met the assessment requirement. To determine if you have completed assessment, please contact a Counselor at (760) 384-6219.
To qualify for a priority registration date, students need to complete all the steps of the following process: Orientation, Assessment, and Counseling to develop a Student Education Plan. To schedule an appointment for any of these steps, please call (760) 384-6219.
Cerro Coso uses ACCUPLACER® as the computerized assessment test that will provide information about your level of skill accomplishment in reading, writing, and one of three levels of mathematics.
Cerro Coso students are strongly urged to study for the Accuplacer Placement Exam. This test can be taken one time within a 3 year period (please see Retest Policy below), therefore we encourage students to do their best on this test. While a student cannot pass or fail this test it is important to get the highest score possible, not only because it cannot be retaken but also because it could possibly save hundreds of dollars on the cost of books and tuition if a student were able to test into higher levels of English and Math classes. Below are links to the College Board for sample questions and study guides.
Preparation & Sample Questions: To ensure that test scores accurately represent your skill levels, you may wish to review basic concepts in reading, grammar, arithmetic, trigonometry, and algebra before taking ACCUPLACER, especially if you have been away from school for more than a year. Many students find that SAT Preparation or SAT review books are helpful in refreshing their basic skills. These are available at local bookstores, public libraries, and online at the SAT Preparation Center™.
Appointment Required. Call (760) 384-6219.
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If you are not located near any of the Cerro Coso campuses it is possible to take ACCUPLACER online with the use of a proctor.
Students who have taken the placement test at another California Community College may submit a copy of their scores and placement recommendations for review and evaluation. Previous placement scores can be used as part of a multiple measures process for assessment.
Students may retake any part of the placement exam at Cerro Coso Community College by submitting a petition explaining reasons for the retest. Student requests to retake the exam must demonstrate extenuating circumstances that impacted the initial testing results or compelling evidence that their placement level may have increased since the initial exam. Students may petition to request a retest of one or all sections of the placement exam under the following conditions:
An appeal verifying that these conditions have been met must be submitted to the Director of Students & Counseling Services or designated representative for approval before retaking any part of the placement exam. Petition forms are available in the Counseling Centers on each campus. Note: A student may retest if their placement scores are 3 or more years old without doing a petition.