Important Information

If you have already taken placement tests for Math or English, you may now be eligible to take higher-level courses than those in which you previously had been placed, thanks to changes in state law and a new policy adopted at De Anza this year. For more information, visit these webpages

New: Assess Before You Test!

De Anza College is now using multiple methods to assess students’ English and math skills, starting with the 2018-19 academic year. This means many students won't need to take placement tests  – although tests may still be required in some circumstances.

The college still has an assessment process, designed to help students make informed decisions about registering for the courses in which they’re likely to succeed. For most students, the first step is to submit your U.S. high school transcripts and grade point average (GPA). You can read more about how to do that on the Assessment Steps webpage.

De Anza's Assessment Center will use U.S. high school information to determine the best course sequence for you to pursue in these subjects:

You'll be able to find your course sequence when you log into MyPortal. Once you've logged in, click on the Registration tab and then click on "See My Placement Test Results." After viewing your results, you may then opt to take a placement test, if you wish, to see if you can qualify for a higher-level course.

There are still some circumstances when you will need to take a placement test. For example, you will need to take placement tests if you 

  • Didn't attend high school in the United States
  • Haven't completed 11th grade at a high school in the United States

(If you didn't attend high school in the United States, your Language Arts placement process may include a test for English as a Second Language.)

Science Exams

The Assessment Center also administers chemistry and biology examinations for students who want to see if they can skip lower-level biology or chemistry courses. Please see the Science Exams webpage for more information.

Who Needs to be Assessed?

  • Assessment is a key step required for any student interested in taking English, English as a Second Language (ESL) or Math courses at De Anza.
  • Assessment is typically required for new students with no college course credit in English, ESL or Math.

I am a new college student

New students with no college course credit should be assessed before registering for classes.

  • Follow the directions on the Assessment Steps webpage.
  • If you are currently a high school student and plan to take classes before you graduate from high school, follow the directions on the  Concurrent Enrollment webpage first.

I have earned college course credit by AP Exam or transcript

You don't need to be assessed! However, you will need to provide the Admissions Evaluations office with proof of your college English or Math coursework earned via AP Exam Scores or college transcripts.

  • Option 1: Have your official transcript evaluated by sending an official transcript to De Anza's Admissions Office. See the Transcript Evaluations webpage for more information.

  • Option 2: Have your official College Board AP Exam Score Report evaluated by sending an official College Board AP Exam Score Report to De Anza's Admissions Office. See the AP Scores webpage for more information.

  • Option 3: Complete the Prerequisite Clearance process.

You must complete Option 1 or Option 2 if you want to meet the assessment requirement for Priority Enrollment.

Alternatively, you may participate in De Anza's assessment process if you choose not to submit AP scores or college transcripts. Follow the directions on the Assessment Steps webpage.

I have a degree from a U.S. University

You don't need to be assessed!  However, you will need to provide the Admissions Evaluations office with proof of any college English or math coursework earned by:

    • Option 1: Have your official transcript evaluated by sending an official transcript to De Anza's Admissions Office. See the Transcript Evaluations webpage for more information.

    • Option 2: Complete the Prerequisite Clearance process.

You must complete Option 1 if you want to meet the assessment requirement for Priority Enrollment.

Alternatively, you may participate in the assessment process if you choose not to submit your university transcript. Follow the directions on the Assessment Steps webpage.

I don't want to take English, ESL or Math at this time

Assessment is only for students interested in taking English, ESL or Math courses.

  • You may not need an assessment at this time.

  • Look up the course you wish to take in the Class Schedule and review the course's prerequisite.

I can't remember my assessment results

Students can look up assessment results on MyPortal. Follow these three steps:

  1. Visit MyPortal

  2. Click on the Registration Tab

  3. Click on Placement Test Results (right side)

Assessment Results do not expire.

For more information about your placement test retest eligibility, review the Foothill-De Anza Community College District Retest Policy.

Note: Assessment results from the years before 2010 will not appear on MyPortal. Email us at daassessment@deanza.edu to request a copy of your assessment results.

I have a placement test result at another institution

Students who have taken these placement tests at other colleges can transfer their test scores to De Anza:

  • English: Accuplacer Classic Test

  • ESL: CELSA Test, Version I

  • Math: Accuplacer Classic Test

  • Chemistry 1A/Biology 6A Exam: Foothill's Chemistry 1A Exam

Download and complete the Request for Assessment Score Transfer Form, then submit the form by email to daassessment@deanza.edu

Not sure what type of test you took at your previous institution?

  • Look at your test results record

  • Contact your testing location/institution

  • Common placement test types include: Accuplacer and Compass

I am a beginning English learner

De Anza's ESL Course Sequence starts at the "High Beginning" level.

If you are need beginning English learner courses, review the ESL Adult Education Resources for free ESL course information.

Contact the assessment center