Step 4 - Place into the Right Classes

The purpose of placement/assessment is to help students succeed by placing them in English and math classes that match their skill level.

Using high school records for placement

You will be automatically placed into English and math classes if you:

  • Graduated from a US high school within the last ten years
  • Included all of the requested information about your high school records on your college application

You can view your placement results in your eServices account. From your eServices dashboard, click Student Center, then Steps to Success. Your placements are displayed in the Assessment Placements section.

If you did not provide high school records, then you will need to take assessment tests or submit high school transcripts to your college's Assessment Office. Assessment tests are free.

Using college records for placement

If you have attended another college (outside of Los Rios), then you can provide college transcripts showing that you passed certain classes. Additional forms may be necessary depending on the college and course.

Areas in which students are assessed

English reading and writing assessment

If you would like to earn a higher English placement for reading or writing and try to get into a higher-level English class, then you can take the English reading and/or writing assessment test.

Math assessment

Your math placement is based on whichever of the following is better:

  • Your high school math records
  • Your scores on the math assessment test

The highest you can place with a high school transcript is Trigonometry. Students who wish to take Calculus or Pre-Calculus must complete an assessment test. Students who have passed college-level math classes or certain tests (such as AP calculus or statistics) do not have to take the math assessment test.

English as a Second Language (ESL) assessment

If you are still learning English, then you can choose to take the ESL assessment test.

Assessment centers

Check your college’s Assessment Center webpage for testing calendars, sample tests, and study suggestions:


You are allowed to take each placement test a total of two times districtwide. You must wait 30 calendar days before taking a test for the second time. If your placement result is "undetermined," then you can retest immediately.

Frequently asked questions

Learn more about the standard assessment practices that went into effect in 2015 by reading our standard assessment practices FAQ.