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Assessment Center

Assessment Overview & Services

Assessments are designed to help students succeed in college by accurately placing students into the English, English as a Second Language (ESL), Math, Chemistry and Biology course sequences.

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Who Needs an Assessment?

Assessment is required for any student interested in starting the English, ESL and Math course sequences at De Anza College.

In general, this includes students that wish to...

  • Transfer;
  • Earn a degree or certificate;
  • Enroll in any English (or ESL) or Math course; or
  • Are undecided about their educational goals.

The Assessment Center also offers Chemistry 1A/Biology 6A and Biology 40A Exams for those students that would like to enroll directly into Chemistry 1A, Biology 6A or Biology 40A without taking the prerequisite courses.

You may not need an assessment.

Look up the course you wish to enroll in the Course Catalog and review the course's prerequisite.

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Assessment for Placement by Test & High School Transcripts

De Anza can assess student placement by testing and high school transcript.

There is no pass or fail; the purpose of assessment through placement testing is to measure the student's knowledge and understanding of an academic subject.

Schedule your testing appointment today!

Placement Test Subjects & Test Elements
Language Arts
English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Local Calculus Readiness Test

  • Accuplacer Math Tests:

    • College Level
    • Elementary Algebra
    • Arithmetic

Note: All math tests are computerized.

  • Accuplacer English Computerized Test:

    • Reading Comprehension Section
    • Sentence Skills Section
  • Local Writing Sample
  • CELSA Computerized Test 
  • Local Writing Sample


De Anza may consider high school coursework alongside placement test results for assessment. Students must first have a testing record on file before a high school transcript can be assessed.

It is recommended, but not required, that recent high school graduates bring a copy of their high school transcript to their testing appointment.


How can an Assessment Requirement be Waived?

In general, new students with no college-level course credit should take the English or ESL and math assessments.

Students with U.S. degrees will not need to be assessed; however submission of transcripts via Prerequisite Clearance is required. (Follow instructions below.)

Students who have earned college-level coursework in English, Math, Chemistry and Biology by

Should complete Prerequisite Clearance Form and submit to

Questions? Contact the Evaluations Department directly at 408-864-5300.

De Anza may accept college credit from other institutions. General guidelines are below:

English as a Second Language (ESL)


Basic skills (or lower than transfer level) English course credit from other colleges will not transfer to De Anza.



Typically, ESL course credit will not transfer to De Anza.


Typically, math course credit from other colleges will transfer to De Anza.


Transfer level English course credit from other colleges will typically transfer to De Anza.


Students must complete the Prerequisite Clearance Process to transfer course credit to De Anza.


It is recommended that students take the placement test with the Assessment Center.


To transfer Math course credit from other colleges.


Students must complete the Prerequisite Clearance Process to transfer course credit to De Anza.


Students that have taken the below placement tests at other colleges, can request to transfer the scores to De Anza:

  • English: Accuplacer Classic Test
  • ESL: CELSA Test, Version I
  • Math: Accuplacer Classic Test
  • Chemistry & Biology: Foothill College's Chemistry Test

Simply complete the Request for Assessment Score Transfer Form (fillable PDF) submit to

Not sure what test you took with your other college/testing location?

  • Look at your test results records.
  • Contact your testing location.
  • Common placement test types include Accuplacer and Compass.

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Placement Testing Information for Out-of-the-Area & Online Students

Assessment Department Building: Registration & Student Services
Room: RSS 144
Phone: 408.864.8717

Last Updated: 1/31/18