Assessment Other Information


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  • The college is moving to make assessment an online process at this time, therefore you do not need to make a distance request. More information will be provided on the new student steps page (under "Apply" from the home page). 

    College of the Canyons does not typically give our assessment at a distance. However, in special circumstances a distance assessment may be permitted.  If taking the assessment will not be possible for you due to special circumstances (e.g. you are an international student, or stationed at a military base, you are taking online courses and live in another state, or have another hardship preventing you from assessing), email the Assessment Center at with the following information and instructions:  

    Email Subject Line: Distance Assessment

    Top of Email Body:

    Full Name  | Student ID number at COC | Phone number and best time to call during our normal business hours  

    Body of Email: State the reason why you are requesting a distance assessment. 


    Prior to 2019, College of the Canyons used the College Board Accuplacer test for placement. Starting Fall 2019, the California Community College System will no longer use tests for placement at any of our campuses. Since we have adopted a no-test assessment system as of January 1st, 2019 at COC, these new results are non-transferable. In addition, we no longer accept placement results from other colleges or universities. If you have taken math or English courses at another college or university, consider bringing your transcripts to the Admissions and Records office or with you to your advisement appointment for review (see assessment exemptions page).  

    If you require historical Accuplacer results, and they were taken within the past two years, we will attempt to retrieve these results for you upon request, and with a written release.  Note that these results expire after two years. In most cases, we suggest you reassess at your new college. Questions? Email with your request and include a current phone number and your COC student ID number. Remember, requests older than two years will not be evaluated. 


     Before you rush into the Assessment Center or call us, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions below. You just might find the answer you are looking for, or even answers to questions you didn't even know you had.


    Q. When will I get my placement results?

    A. Typically within a few minutes of finishing your assessment.


    Q. Is it a timed Assessment?

    A. No, it is not timed, but typically takes between 10 - 25 minutes before your advisement appointment starts (typically around 90 minutes to do both assessment and advisment, depending on how busy we are).


    Q. What if I don't know my high school information?

    A. There are options on most questions that allow for this possibility (e.g. choice 'C' might be "I don't know")


    Q. What if I don't Assess?

    A. If you do not assess and do not have other forms of eligibility, you will be blocked from registering from courses with math or English prerequisites.In addition,by not completing a New Student Step, it may adversely impact your registration time slot.


    Q. Can I fail?

    A. No, all students who assess will receive a placement.


    Q. Can I transfer-in other school's test scores?

    A. As of January 2019, we no longer use a testing instrument, therefore we do not transfer-in assessment results. If, however, you completed math or English coursework at another college, you may want to have this evaluated to see if you need to take your math and/or English assessment (speak with our counseling office about this option, or send your official transcripts to Admissions and Records for evaluation). See the exemptions page for more information. 

  • In Fall 2019, the college released a video to help explain the AB705 transition for placement. Please note that students still need to assess to gain transfer-level math and English placements, but do not need to take a test. you might want to think of the new assessment as a questionaire or evaluation of your academic history and interests. This is much different than solving problems on a test, as it was in the past. A link to the video can be found here: