Mission College Assessment Center

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Assessment Process Overview (Keep your print outs as we are unable to make additional copies)

The Mission College assessment tests cover English (Writing and Reading), Math, and English as a Second Language (ESL).  The assessment tests are computerized and timed.  Your assessment results help you and your counselor determine which courses are needed to best meet your academic goals.

Mission College also offers an Information Competency Proficiency Exam.  Students who receive a score of at least 70% on this exam fulfill the Information Competency proficiency graduation requirement at Mission College.

Before You Come
  • Prior to taking an assessment for placement, students must Apply to Mission College.
  • Assessments are offered to students who plan to or are attending Mission College.
  • Photo identification (in addition to your Mission ID number) is required for all assessments.
  • Your Mission College ID Number (G Number—NOT CCCID) is also required for all assessments.
  • No fee is charged for this service.
  • Parking is enforced. Daily parking permits ($3.00) may be purchased at any of the dispensers located in Lot B, C or D.
  • Students with disabilities can contact the Disability Support Programs and Services (DSPS) in Room 240 CC or by calling (408) 855-5085 or TTY at (408) 727-9243 to make an appointment.
Assessment Center Location

Main Building, Room E1-101

email: assessment.center@missioncollege.edu

Who Should Take the Assessment Tests?

It is important to take the assessment tests if you plan any of the following:

1. To obtain a certificate or degree from Mission College;

2. To Take an English, Reading or Math course at any time;

3. To take courses which have English, Reading or Math prerequisites. 

You may NOT need to take the Mission College assessments if you have completed coursework at another college or met minimum standards on the AP, EAP, SAT or ACT exams.

Clearing Prerequisites

What is a prerequisite?
A class or skill that is required before you can enroll into a preferred class(es).  For example:  MAT 003A is a prerequisite for MAT 003B.  This means you need a "C" or "P" or better in MAT 003A to enter MAT 003B. Methods to clear prerequisites.

When Can I Take the Assessment Tests?

No appointment is needed.  Tests are administered on a drop-in basis (first-come, first served.)   Sixteen computer seats are available but may fill up more quickly in late April, May, August and January.   This is our busy season.   You can come in any time during our normal operating hours.  Make sure that you have more than enough time to take the placement tests.  If you do not allow enough time you will be asked to come back during business hours. 

Please note that our hours are subject to frequent changes so check this website often for our current testing schedule.

What do I need to bring with me?

You must bring your Mission ID number and a photo ID. No calculators are allowed.


Service Area Outcomes

SAO 1: Upon completion of their placement tests, students will understand their course placement levels.
SAO 2: Students taking placement tests will prepare for them using the available study guides.
SAO 3: Students and Department Chairs who submit an approved Prerequisite Challenge Form to the Assessment Center will have the prerequisite entered in Datatel and a confirmation email sent to both the Student & Department Chair.