Standard Assessment Practices - Frequently Asked Questions


The Los Rios Community College District, effective Oct. 1, 2015, has established standard assessment practices for all four colleges, including important changes to retesting rules. These new practices will apply to every student, regardless of which college(s) they attend and which assessment test(s) they plan to take - English, Reading, English as a Second Language (ESL) and Math. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about the new practices.


What must students do to prepare for taking the assessment tests?

  1. Students must bring their student ID number and photo ID to the Assessment Center at the appropriate college. Acceptable photo IDs include: Los Rios Student ID card, driver's license/state-issued ID card, high school ID, passport or other college photo ID card.
  2. Students should prepare to take any and all assessment tests by using study resources provided by their college.
  3. Student must be officially “active” or enrolled for classes for the term - fall, spring or summer - at the college where and when they intend to take their assessment tests.

How many times can a student retest?

Students may retest only one time, districtwide.

How long is the waiting period before a student can retest?

Students may retest after a 30-calendar-day waiting period.

Can a student test/retest after starting a course sequence?

No. Students may not test or retest after having started the course sequence. However, they may utilize the course challenge process in their college’s appropriate academic department.

Can students retest if their test results / course placements have expired?

Students with expired test results may retest if they have not begun the course sequence. If they have begun the course sequence, they may utilize the course challenge process in their college’s appropriate academic department.

When do the assessment tests expire?

For tests taken after Feb. 16, 2013, go to either the September 15 or February 15 date that follows the original test date (whichever comes first), and then add two calendar years.


For example, if you took the test between: Test results expire:
Feb. 16, 2014 and Sept. 15, 2014 Sept. 15, 2016
Sept. 16, 2014 and Feb. 15, 2015 Feb. 15, 2017

If the student assessed prior to Feb. 16, 2013, his/her assessment results will be valid for three calendar years (36 months) from the date of the test.