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Placement Testing Retest Policies

After taking the initial, or first, test students cannot retest in a subject if they have earned a D, F, NP or I grade in the subject/course sequence in which they are seeking placement.

  • After taking the placement test at either Foothill or De Anza College, students may retake the English, Reading, Math placement tests one (1) time at either Foothill or De Anza College, not both, within a six (6) month period of the initial date of placement.
  • Students may enroll in the classes noted from their first placement test or from the retest.
  • Placement test results do not expire. However, a student may choose to retest two (2) years from the last recorded placement test date if the student has not earned a D, F, NP or I grade in the subject/course sequence in which they are seeking a new placement.

After taking the initial, or first, test students cannot retest in a subject if they have earned a D, F, NP or I grade in the subject/course sequence in which they are seeking placement.

  • Because Foothill and De Anza offer different ESL placement tests, students are allowed one (1) initial ESL test, and one (1) ESL retest at Foothill and De Anza College.
  • The ESL retest must occur within a six (6) month period of the initial date of placement.
  • Students may enroll in the classes noted from their first placement test or from the retest.
  • Placement test results do not expire. However, a student may choose to retest two (2) years from the last recorded placement test date if the student has not earned a D, F, NP or I grade in the subject/course sequence in which they are seeking a new placement

After taking the initial, or first, test students cannot retest in Chemistry1A/Biology 6A or Biology 40A if they enroll and earned a W, D, F or I grade in the subject/course sequence in which they are seeking placement .

  • Test results do not expire.
  • Students who take a placement test for Chemistry 1A/Biology 6A or Biology 40A and do not enroll in the prerequisite courses at De Anza are eligible for one (1) retest after six (6) months.


Assessment Department Building: Registration & Student Services
Room: RSS 144
Phone: 408.864.8717
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Last Updated: 10/17/17