Placement Tests


Some of our Noncredit programs use placement tests to determine which class level you should begin in. Placement tests are assessments used to check your academic skill level in a variety of subjects. The results of the tests are used to place you in the appropriate class level.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we are temporarily testing remotely using Zoom.  Virtual Placement Testing is available for High School, GED and ESLN students. Follow these steps to get started:

  • To schedule your appointment online, click this link: Schedule your Noncredit Placement/Assessment Test.
  • Once your appointment is scheduled, you will receive a separate email containing all the instructions regarding your virtual placement test.
  • You must take the test on a desktop computer or laptop (not a tablet or cell phone)
  • You must have a working built-in or external webcam and headphone with microphone.  Troubleshoot problems with your webcam or microphone at: Webcam check
  • Your internet speed must be at least 2 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload.  Hot spots are not recommended.  Determine your internet speed by running a test at: Speed Test
  • Please email us at: noncreditcounseling@pasadena.edu or call: 626-817-3532 if you have any questions.

Placement tests are required in order to enroll in the following noncredit programs:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Adult High School Diploma
  • General Education Development (GED)

ESL, Adult High School, and GED Prep

To schedule your appointment online, click Schedule your Noncredit Placement/Assessment Test.

Or

Contact the Counseling department via email noncreditcounseling@pasadena.edu or call: 626-817-3532.

The following placement test is used for Noncredit Programs:

CASAS

The Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) is the most widely used system in the U.S. for assessing adult basic reading, mathematics, listening, writing, and speaking skills. It is used to rate skill levels needed for success in the workplace, community, and family. In addition, CASAS establishes measurable goals and learning outcomes to determine which of your skills need strengthening.