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Hours of Operation


Winter 2019 Schedule (January 14 - January 25)
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday


8:00AM - 2:30PM 8:00AM - 2:30PM 8:00AM - 4:30PM 8:00AM - 2:30PM

8:00AM - 10:00AM


Extended Hours (Januray 2 - January 11)
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday


8:00AM - 4:30PM 8:00AM - 4:30PM 8:00AM - 4:30PM 8:00AM - 4:30PM

8:00 AM to 2:30 PM


Contact Information

310-900-1600, Ext. 2830
D-26, next to the Welcome Center (D27)

General Test Information

Testing is on a first-come, first-served drop in basis, no appointment is necessary. Assessment testing is free.  PLEASE NOTE: Students are required to complete the New Student Orientation before testing. 

In Order to test, you must have an El Camino College ID Number and a picture ID (such as a driver's license). The ID should be either government-issued or from a school, and be an original, not a copy. Your first and last names must be clearly legible an the photograph must be recognizable.  You should also bring a pen/pencil to the testing session.It is not possible to apply on-line and take the Assessment tests on the same day, as it takes at least 1-2 days or 3-4 days during peak season for the system to process your application and create an ID number for you.
Students are also required to complete the New Student Orientation before taking the Assessment Test. Returning students who have missed at least two consecutive semesters are also required to complete the Orientation. 
Tests are not timed, but their length of the entire test is approximately two hours. Although the tests are taken on a computer, no special knowledge of computers is necessary. Results are available immediately.
The use of cellphones and electronic media, including media-players, is not permitted in any of the testing 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.
Placement into English, math, and ESL courses is determined by the Assessment Test. New students must take the test for inital placement. Returning students or transfer students may not have to take the test.Assessment data is used to assist counselors in advising students for courses. In the assessment process, students:
  • Take math and reading tests.
  • Complete computerized assessment forms.
  • Request career interest inventories and study skills surveys.
As part of the matriculation process, new students should take the English, math or ESL assessment test.  Multiple measures such as high school records and experience are used by counseling in academic advisement.
The English placement test consists of two sections: reading comprehension and sentence skills (writing).  The mathematics placement test consists of three sections: arithmetic, elementary algebra, and college-level math.  The ability to benefit test consists of three sections: reading comprehension, sentence skills (writing) and arithmetic. The Ability To Benefit test (ATB) is administered by appointment only.  Federal restrictions limit the number and times students may take to retest. The Financial Aid office must determine if a student is eligible for the ATB test.
  • No talking allowed.
  • Cell phones, pagers, beepers, cameras, text-messengers, audio players, or other electronic devices are prohibited in the testing area. Cell phones are to be turned off or put on vibrate during testing.  Calls may not be taken inside the Testing Lab or Testing Room.
  • Person accompanying the student must wait outside. Children, friends, family members, babies or children (of any age), and pets are not allowed inside the testing area.
  • All personal items should be placed on the floor during testing. Unauthorized aids such as dictionaries, calculators, translators, or notes of any kind are prohibited in the testing area.
  • Allow adequate time to complete tests.  Each test takes approximately one hour.
  • Ask for assistance if there is any problem with the computer.
  • Notify staff if you need to leave the testing area for any reason.
  • Do not turn off computers, open or close any program windows, or print the results.
  • All testing materials provided must be returned before leaving the testing area, including scratch paper.
  • All instructions given or requests made by a member of the Assessment Center staff must be followed.
All cheating is prohibited.  If cheating is attempted, ensuing consequences may follow that can negatively affect the future of the student's career at El Camino College and beyond.
All students are encouraged to pre-review before taking the placement tests. It makes good sense to pre-review. It will help you to place higher, which means you will save time (fewer classes to take) and money (fewer classes to pay for) and you will accomplish your educational goals that much faster. Review is particularly important for math--if you know you've forgotten your basic math or basic algebra, take some time to review the basics, and you'll be surprised what comes back to you. Reviewing for placement testing will help you get into classes that will be much more interesting and challenging for you.

Websites for Math Review

My Math Test (FREE)

Testing and remedial program for practicing and refreshing math skills.For instructions how to access this free service, go to the above website. My Math Testis highly recommended by the Math Division. Please note: there is no charge if you use the aforementioned web address. If you go directly to www.MyMathTest.com, there is a fee.

Khan Academy (FREE)

Review for Math; divided into separate math subjects (e.g. Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Trigonometry, etc.

Websites/Apps for English and Math Review

Accuplacer Web-Based Study App ($2.99)

The ACCUPLACER Web-Based Study App features practice tests in Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, and College-Level Math. However, it does not include an ESL practice test. For computer, tablet, and smartphone. Go to https://store.collegeboard.org. Under Student Bestsellers, scroll down to ACCUPLACER Web-Based Study App. Click on link for further details. This is receiving very favorable reviews. 

College Board (FREE)

This link takes students to a complete ACCUPLACER English and Math Placement Test with accompanying answers.Includes ESL Reading Skills Test and College-Level Math Test.

Goldenrod Test Sample (FREE)

This is a paper hand-out, available from the Assessment/Testing Center and the Information Desk in the Student Services Center Lobby. It is a completely different test sample than the one on the College Board website above. Does not include ESL Reading Skills or College-Level Math.

Sample Test

The sample test provides a brief review of the kinds of questions students will be asked to answer in the Math and English tests.  The sample test also contains the answer sheet as well as detailed solutions for the math sections. 

Students may only take placement tests twice.  However, students cannot retake the test once they begin math and English classes. Tests may not be retaken on the same day. ATB tests have additional federal restrictions on retesting.  Please go to the Assessment Center for more information.
Each assessment test takes approximately one hour to complete.  Therefore students planning to take an assessment test are strongly encouraged to purchase a semester parking sticker or a daily parking permit ($3) before going to the assessment center.  Daily parking permits may be purchased from the parking kiosks located in all Student parking lots. Semester permits may be purchased in person at the Bursars Office (C-36), 310-900-1600, Ext. 2104 or online through MyECC. Click for more information.

Assessment Center Program Review

Service Area Outcomes (SAO's)

Service Area Outcome #1 Students will be more satisfied with their placement results and score higher by preparing for the assessment tests.
Service Area Outcome # 2 Students that take Math 12 and pass with an 'A' will retest into a higher level math.
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