Frequently Asked Questions

Who Needs Academic Assessment?

All students enrolling for the first time are required to be academically assessed. Some returning students may need to participate in the assessment process to meet specific course and/or program prerequisites. Students usually choose from one of two assessments:

  1. The Assessment is designed for English as a first language and for ESL students with a high school diploma from the USA;
  2. The English as a Second Language (ESL) assessment is designed for ESL students who do not have a high school diploma from the USA. Both the ACE and ESL assessments are approximately 2 hours in length and consist of a skills test and orientation.

Who Is Exempt from Assessment?

There are a number of ways to qualify for an exemption from assessment. Please note, however, that some courses and/or programs may have specific skill prerequisites where exemptions do not apply and assessment is required. Please refer to our Exemptions page for more information.

Are There Retakes?

A student who thinks the Assessment or ESL assessment did not measure his or her skill levels correctly, may request a retake. Please contact the Academic Assessment Center, DeRicco Student Services Building, Room 110, for information regarding this retake.

For further assessment information, contact the Academic Assessment Center at: (209) 954-5151, extension 6110.

Ability to Benefit

Effective July 1, 1991, federal regulations require that all students who do not have a high school diploma or a GED must pass a standardized test to receive Federal financial aid.

Please Read Carefully: Effective July 1, 2012, Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) testing will no longer qualify NEW Students for financial aid. For further assistance, contact the Financial Aid Office at (209) 954-5115 or visit the office, DeRicco Student Services Building, Room 131.

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