Assessment Requirement

All students, including active-duty military, veterans, CalWORKs, EOPS and DESP who started Fall 2014 and beyond, are now required to comply with the California Success Act of 2012 requirements (3 core requirements: assessment, orientation and develop a preliminary educational plan) in order to receive a priority registration date for enrollment.

Assessment video

Assessment Schedules

English, Reading and/ or Math Assessment

Prepare for Assessment

Attend an Assessment Test

Arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.

Please note: there will be absolutely NO admittance after the test session begins.

Items to bring:

  • Photo ID (driver's license, student ID, etc.)
  • WVC Student ID number.
  • A pencil.
  • 12 quarters or 3 one dollar bills to pay for parking.

Math and English/Reading Assessment Times

Students may take English/Reading, or Math, or both at any listed start time.

Days Check–In Time Start Time Room
Mondays 2:30 PM 3:00 PM Fox 103
Wednesdays 2:30 PM 3:00 PM Fox 103
Fridays 9:00 AM 9:30 AM Fox 103

ESL Assessment

Attend an Assessment Test

No appointments necessary, but please arrive 30 minutes early before the test time.

Please note: there will be absolutely NO admittance after the test session begins.

Items to bring:

  • Photo ID (driver's license, student ID, etc.)
  • WVC Student ID number.
  • A pencil.
  • 12 quarters or 3 one dollar bills to pay for parking.

ESL (English As A Second Language) Assessment Times

Day Check–In Time Start Time Room
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 10:30 AM 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Village 22
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 10:30 AM 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Village 22
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 8:30 AM 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Village 22
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 8:30 AM 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Village 22

Information Competency Test

Students must register for Library 4 Credit by Exam before attending. For details and schedule, please visit the Credit By Exam Library page.


Assessment Results

Assessment recommendations are available on the date announced in the testing session.

How To Obtain Assessment Scores

  • Print Accuplacer course placements after completing an assessment
  • Log in to the WVCPortal
    • My Web Services
    • My Personal and Academic Info
    • My Assessment Results

Authorizing A Designated Person To Pick Up Scores

First, you must put the request in writing, including your name, WV College ID or Social Security number, the name of the person to whom the scores are to be released, date, and your signature.

Request Scores by Fax or Mail

Your written request must include name, WV College ID number, date, and your signature. Fax requests to (408) 741-4076 attn: Assessment Office. Be sure to indicate how the scores are to be returned, either by mail or fax.

Frequently Asked Questions

What steps should I take for testing?

Make sure you have your West Valley College ID number. Apply now to receive your ID number.

Attend a scheduled Testing Session. Bring a photo ID, your West Valley ID number and a pencil. Please schedule an appointment before attending. ESL students do not make appointments. Bring a photo ID, your West Valley ID number, twelve quarters or three dollars for parking and a pencil.

How do I find my test results?

ESL Students: Log in to the portal > MyWebServices > My Personal and Academic Info > My Assessment Results

Everyone else: Print Accuplacer results after completing the test.

What tests are given at West Valley College?

  • English/Reading: Accuplacer
  • Math - Accuplacer – Elementary Algebra
  • ESL – CELSA (English Language Skills Assessment) and Holistic Essay.
  • ATB – None available at this time

Can I retake my Assessment Test?

  • Math may be retaken once. You must wait at least one week before retesting. Math placements expire after 3 years, requiring testing if the student has not completed a Math course during that time.
  • English may not be repeated. Your English placement may be challenged by completing a one hour essay in the Assessment Center during a testing session. No appointment is necessary.
  • Reading may be repeated once for the purposes of satisfying the Reading Requirement for Graduation, but not for initial placement.
  • ESL may not be repeated. Please attend the class you were placed into and review with your teacher the course content before challenging.
  • Intend to take an English, ESL, Math, or Reading course or a course that has a prerequisite course in English, ESL, Math, or Reading.

Who should take Assessment Tests?

  • Intend to take an English, ESL, Math, or Reading course or a course that has a prerequisite course in English, ESL, Math, or Reading.
  • Intend to earn a WVC degree or certificate.
  • Intend to transfer to a four-year college or university.

Who is exempt from taking Assessment Tests?

  • A student who has an Associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited US college or university.
  • Anyone who presents a transcript to the Assessment Office indicating successful completion (C or better) of an equivalent course(s) at another accredited college or university.
  • ESL courses are only accepted if taken at Mission College.
  • Anyone who has ACCUPLACER scores from another accredited college or university can submit scores to the Assessment Office for equivalency.
  • Anyone who is not intending to take classes which have prerequisites of English, Reading, Math or ESL
  • Anyone with a 3, 4, or 5 score on AP Language and Composition does not need assessment in English.
  • Anyone with a 3, 4, or 5 on AP Math Calculus or Statistics does not need mathematics assessment. Official scores need to be filed in the Counseling office.

Why do I need Assessment?

All students, including active-duty military, veterans, CalWorks, EOPS and DESP who started Fall 2014 and beyond, are now required to comply with the California Success act of 2012 requirements (3 core requirements: assessment, orientation and develop a preliminary educational plan) in order to receive a priority registration date for enrollment.

Are preparation materials available?

last published: 10/19/18