Step 3 - Complete Assessment / Placement

Once you have completed orientation, you can move on to assessment. The purpose of assessment is to help students succeed by placing them in English and math classes that match their skill level. Assessment tests are free.

Step 5 - Register Step 4 - Education Plan Step 3 - Assessments Step 2 - Orientation Step 1 - Apply

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 under Steps to Success.

If you did not provide high school records, then you will need to take assessment tests.

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, along with a Prerequisite Equivalency Form.

Assessment areas

English reading and writing assessment

If you don’t like your English placement for reading or writing and want to try and 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 a combination of:

  • Your high school math records
  • Your score on the math 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.