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.

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

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

Schedule Your Placement Test

ESL & Vocational ESL Courses

Go to the Admission & Records Office in Room 100 of the Foothill Campus to schedule your placement test.

Adult High School and GED Prep

Schedule your placement test through the counseling office in Room 105 of the Foothill Campus.

The following types of placement tests are used for Noncredit Programs:


ACCUPLACER tests are one of several measures to determine English and mathematics placement for the Adult High School Diploma (AHSD). Online or hard copy practice tests are available for those preparing for testing.


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.


If you take classes in Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, Vocational English as a Second Language, Adult High School Diploma, and General Education Development (GED), you will take the Combined English Language Skills Assessment (CELSA). This test consists of two different forms, each with reading and writing passages. The difficulty of these forms vary from beginning, intermediate, and all the way to advanced levels.