Finding the Right Course for You!

Assessment Center Updates: Spring 2022

While we no longer offer in-person assessment or exams, you can complete the assessment process online, or take a science exam online

Request an Online Assessment or Exam – Or Submit a Question

Use our online request form to submit your request to take the online English, ESL or Math assessments, or science exams. (We no longer offer in-person assessments or exams.) You can also use this form to ask questions about the process.

  • Confused? Call 408.864.8717.


Visit Us – For Questions Only

We're available – by appointment only – for in-person assistance with questions relating to the English, ESL or math assessment or science exams. This is for questions only: We do not offer in-person assessments or exams.

  • Mondays and Tuesdays: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Wednesdays and Thursdays: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Please remember that you must follow the rules for coming to campus.

You'll find us at the Admissions/Enrollment Services counter, across from the Bookstore, on the first floor of the RSS Building (park in Lot A).


Watch Our New Video

Check out the latest in our Video Help Series – for a fun, '80s-themed overview of everything you need to know about completing assessment at De Anza.

Get Started by Checking Your Placement Results in MyPortal

students giving thumbs upMost students can now be assessed on the basis of their U.S. high school transcripts and GPA. 

No Transcript? No Problem!

  • If you don't have a recent transcript from a U.S. high school, we'll use other methods to help you find the best placement for you. 
  • If you're attending on an F-1 visa, you should review orientation materials offered by International Student Programs office before completing assessment.

Learn Your Options!

Use our Online Explainer to learn more about how your placement is determined and what options you'll want to consider. Afterward, be sure to talk with your counselor about choosing the right courses for your goals.

Our assessment process for English, English as a Second Language (ESL) and Math is designed to help you find the courses that are right for you – based on your circumstances and goals. It's an essential step for any student interested in taking these courses at De Anza. It's also required for getting priority enrollment!

Course Sequences for English, ESL and Math


English as a Second Language


  • View or download the Mathematics (MATH) sequence 
  • Check out our Tips on Registering for Math Courses 
  • Important notes:
      • Students who received a placement over the summer for Precalculus I should register for MATH 31 
      • Students who received a placement over the summer for Precalculus II should register for MATH 32
      • If you received a Math placement before this summer, you should meet with your counselor for assistance in selecting the right course for your goals

Want More Support?

English and Math can be challenging. If you've had difficulty with these subjects before – or if you don't feel ready to take college-level courses in these areas – don't worry!

  • You can still take developmental English or developmental Math classes that will help prepare you for the courses you need to meet your goals.
  • You may also want to check out the Math Performance Success program, which offers tutoring and in-class support. 
  • If English is not your first language, we have an assessment process to help you find the right courses in English as a Second Language

Talk with your counselor about the best options for you.

Already Taken a Placement Test?

If you've already taken placement tests for Math or English at De Anza, you may now be eligible to take different courses than those in which you had been placed. Learn more if you took

Why Have Assessment? 

Under state law, community colleges must do their best to help you complete transfer-level Math and English within a year – unless your high school records indicate that remedial courses would give you a better chance to succeed at the college level.

Like most community colleges, De Anza previously used placement testing to assess new students. But the latest research shows your high school performance is a better indicator than placement tests, when it comes to predicting your ability to succeed. 

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