Sample Test Questions
By reviewing the types of questions that will be on the test, you can prepare to do your best during testing.
MATH
You will first need to choose which one of the four math tests is most appropriate for you:

Choose to take the highest numbered test you feel comfortable with based on your math background and current skills.
 Test #1 Assesses your arithmetic and prealgebra skills for placement into Math 1 (Basic Math), Math 4 (PreAlgebra), or Math 100 (Elementary Algebra).
 Test #2 Assesses your algebra skills for placement into Math 107 and/or Math 111 (Intermediate Algebra). You should have completed at least one year of high school algebra to take this test.
 Test #3 Assesses your intermediate algebra skills for placement into Math 117 (Elementary Statistics), Psych 150 (Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences), Math 120 (College Algebra), Math 130 (Calculus for Life Science, Social Science and Business), or Math 137 (Precalculus I, College Algebra & Functions). You should have completed one year of high school intermediate algebra to take this test.
 Test #4 Assesses your precalculus skills for placement into Math 138 (Precalculus II, College Algebra & Trigonometry), or Math 150 (Calculus). You should have completed one year of high school precalculus and trigonometry to take this test.

Each test is designed for placement into different levels of math: please consult the Math Flow Chart for clarification.

It is important to make a careful decision about which math test you take. If you choose a test below your skill level you may be placed in a math class that is too easy for you. If you choose a test above your skill level you may be asked to come back to Assessment and take a lower level math test in order to receive a math placement.
 Since calculators may not be used during the test it is best to review without the aid of a calculator. Scratch paper will be provided at the test.
 Note: If the questions on Test #1 are too difficult, you may elect to begin at the
Math 1 level without testing. You must notify Assessment staff in person or by calling
(805) 7304149 if this is your choice.
FULLLENGTH ONLINE PRACTICE EXAMS: Click on the links below to access practice math tests and receive diagnostic feedback:
STUDY PACKETS: Extensive study packets for each of the four tests are available for purchase at the College Bookstore. Or click on the links below to download the same study packet for the test you plan to take:
 Online Test #1 Study Packet
 Online Test #2 Study Packet
 Online Test #3 Study Packet
 Online Test #4 Study Packet
STUDY FOR MATH WITH KHAN ACADEMY: Click on the links below to access a Khan Academy "playlist" of topics on Test #1, 2 & 3:
ENGLISH
 The English test is divided into three parts: a comprehensive reading exam, where you will answer multiplechoice questions; an objective writing exam, which is a multiplechoice grammar and sentence structure exam; and a written essay. A topic will be provided for the essay at the test. Plan your essay before you begin to write. Your essay should be wellorganized, include specific examples, and be readable. Review the English sample test.
 Students receive two placements from the English Assessment: one for Reading and one for Writing. Please consult the English Flow Chart for clarification.
 Note: The English test is for native English speakers or very advanced second language students whose English proficiency is at a nearnative level. All other students should take the English as a Second Language Test.
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
 The ESL Assessment is divided into two parts: a 45minute multiple choice exam and a 20minute essay on a topic or subject that will be given to you at the test.
 Review the ESL sample test.
 Students receive three placements from the ESL Assessment: Grammar, Reading, and Writing. Please consult the ESL Flow Chart for clarification.
 For more information about ESL assessment and orientation dates, visit the ESL Assessment page.