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Frequently Asked Questions

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Why should I take a placement test?
Assessment is one of the critical steps to help students start on a successful pathway in college. It is important that students take the classes for which they are academically prepared. (Placement tests are designed to help determine the appropriate levels of courses that students need to take in mathematics, English, or English as a Second Language (ESL).

Is it required to take a placement test?
Students may fulfill the Assessment requirements in a subject area (Mathematics, English, or ESL) through one or more of the following:

  1. Completing an equivalent course at a post]secondary accredited institution in that subject area (the course will determine placement).
  2. Earning a qualifying AP score or IB exam score in the subject area (students should contact Office of Admissions and Records for details).
  3. Taking the SRJC placement tests within three (3) years prior to initial registration.
  4. Taking valid, approved placement tests at other two]year California community colleges within three (3) years prior to initial registration.
  5. Having valid Early Assessment Program (EAP) results that satisfy placement conditions determined by the District.

No placements tests are required for CSKLS 312, Grammar & Writing Skills, and CSKLS 371, General Arithmetic. After receiving a course placement, you may enroll in that course or a lower course level. In addition, your course placement information may be helpful to you if you are interested in taking other courses at SRJC.

What do I need to do to take the placement test?
Submit a Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) application online at www.santarosa.edu. Photo identification is required to test (i.e. Drivers License, Student Body Card, Passport.) Know your SRJC Student Identification Number, and Student Portal Pin code. All testing materials will be provided. Please no cell phones, food or beverage allowed in the testing room.

Do you have to make an appointment to take the placement test?
Both appointment and drop-in scheduling options are available. Make your appointment online at www.santarosa.edu or contact Student Success & Assessment Services. For Drop-In options check out the testing schedule online. Latecomers will not be admitted after the test begins. Arrive at least 10 to 15 minutes before the test begins.
Drop-In - sign-ups will begin in person 1 hour only prior to the start of the test at the Santa Rosa Campus and 30 minutes prior to the start of the test at the Petaluma Campus. Seating is limited.
Appointment - although a test session may be full, some seats may become available. Arrive, no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the start of the test and ask to be put on the waitlist.

Where can I find the placement testing schedules?
Testing schedules are in the Schedule of Classes published each semester, and also on the Student Success & Assessment Services website at www.santarosa.edu/assessment/. Testing schedules are also available at the Student Success & Assessment Services Centers at the Santa Rosa Campus in Plover Hall, Room 531; and at the Petaluma Campus in Jacobs Hall, Room 109.

Is there a fee for taking the placement test?
There is no fee to take the placement test.

How can I prepare for the placement test?
The English Placement Test Study Guides are available online at www.santarosa.edu/app/placement/Study-Guides. The Math and ESL Study Guides are available online at www.act.org/compass/sample/index.html. Study Guides are also available at the Student Success & Assessment Services Centers. Take the right English and math course by attending a Jam Workshop. Go online for more information or call Student Success and Assessment Services.

How long are the English, Math and ESL Placement Tests?
The English Placement Test is on the computer, and it comprises a 45 minute writing sample, and a 50 minute multiple choice question test. The Math and ESL Placement Tests are a computerized adaptive, multiple-choice question test. The math and ESL tests are untimed, however, at SRJC a three hour time limit is allotted to complete the test. There will be a 15-minute orientation before the English, math, and ESL tests begin.

How long does it take to get the test results?
The English test results are available within two business days. The math and ESL test results are available the next business day.

How do I get my placement test results?
You may access your test results online at www.santarosa.edu, go to Portal Student, Placement Results. You may request that test results be mailed to you. It is recommended that you also meet with a counselor to go over your placement test results.

How many times can I take the placement test?
After the initial placement testing in a subject area, students may retake the test once per term.

How long are the placement test results valid?
Placement test results are valid for three years.

Which Math Placement Test should I take?
There are three different math placement tests to choose from; each is a different level of math. You must choose one of these three tests that are most appropriate for your current math skill level: Pre-Algebra, or Algebra or College Algebra. To help you decide the appropriate test for you, consider the following: how long ago did you take a math course, what level was it, and what grade did you receive?

Is a calculator allowed during the Math Placement Test?
A basic calculator is provided within the computerized math test (You may not use your own calculator.)

Where can I submit my Early Assessment Program (EAP) test results?
Submit your EAP test results to Student Success & Assessment Services. EAP is valid 2 years only after the STAR test.

Will you accept placement test results from other colleges?
Placement Test results from other accredited 2-year California community colleges will be accepted for evaluation. Submit in person your official placement test result to Student Success & Assessment Services at the Santa Rosa Campus, or fax to (707) 524-1638. Test results older than three years are invalid.

What if I need special accommodations to take the placement test?
For special accommodations (i.e. extra time for testing,) contact the Disability Resources Department at (707) 527-4278 at the Santa Rosa Campus, or call (707) 778-2491 at the Petaluma Campus.

What is the Chemistry Diagnostic Test?
CHEM 1A and CHEM 4A have prerequisite of CHEM 42. Students who think they may be ready for CHEM 1A or CHEM 4A without completing CHEM 42 should take the Chemistry Diagnostic Test AND complete and return the petition form Chemistry Diagnostic Review to the Student Success and Assessment Services Center. Once the Admission and Records Office receives the petition result from Chemistry Department, students will be notified in their portal within 5 business days.
The Diagnostic Test itself will no longer be used for Chemistry placement. This new petition process will become effective February 1, 2014.

  1. Fill in the Chemistry Diagnostic Review Form and return to Student Success and Assessment Services.
  2. Take the Chemistry Diagnostic Test at Student Success and Assessment Services. Wait for Chemistry Department approval. The Chemistry Diagnostic Test is 45 minutes, and there will be a 15-minute orientation before the test begins. A scientific calculator will be provided.

What is the Mathematics Competency Exam?
The Mathematics Competency Exam is offered to students who are ready to graduate and have not fulfilled the SRJC math requirement for an Associate Degree. Photo identification is required on the day of the exam. This exam is not transferable, and does not apply to the SRJC math course sequence. SRJC Catalog Rights determine which mathematics competency exam a student may complete. For more information contact a Student Success & Assessment Services Center.

Where do I find out about the GED?
To sign up to take the GED exam go online to www.gedts.org, click on Schedule Now on My GED. Contact the SRJC College Skills Department at 707-527-4834 for information regarding the free GED preparation course. As an SRJC student you may add the course online at www.santarosa.edu. Or contact Student Success & Assessment Services for more detailed information at 707-527-4661.

Where can I find out information about Proctoring Services?
Contact Student Success & Assessment Services at 707-527-4661, or go online to www.santarosa.edu/app/placement/proctoring-services/index.shtml for more information about having a Distance Education Program exam proctored.

Assessment and GED Services Centers

Santa Rosa Campus
Plover Hall, Room 531
1501 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa CA 95401-4395
(707) 527-4661
(707) 524-1638 FAX

Petaluma Campus
Jacobs Hall, Room 109
680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway
Petaluma CA 94954-2522
(707) 778-3908
(707) 778-3910 FAX

Questions or comments about this page may be directed to pdennis@santarosa.edu.

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