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Assessment

Assessment Center, AD/SS 101
(909) 384-8955 or (909) 384-8959

San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) uses the Accuplacer assessment test. The test is primarily used to assist students in the following:

  • Identify skill levels in English, reading, and math
  • Meet class prerequisite requirements
  • Choose appropriate classes
  • Develop student education plan

Assessment is also available for the following:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) test:  Students who plan to take ESL courses must take the ESL assessment test.

You may not need to take the English and/or Math assessment if:

  • You received a grade of “C” or better in a prerequisite English and/or Math course at the college level. If the course was taken at another college, you need to bring an official copy of your transcript to the Counseling Department (AD/SS-103) for a prerequisite clearance.
  • You are qualified for the exemption from the orientation and assessment after consulting with a counselor in AD/SS-103.

Scheduling an assessment test appointment:

  • After you have received your SBVC student ID number and completed the orientation, you may schedule an appointment online.
  • A valid picture ID (driver’s license, passport, school ID, etc.) is required to test.
  • Assessment testing is available by appointment.  Walk-in test-takers are welcome as space is available.
  • Testing sessions are generally scheduled Monday–Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Here are assessment schedules for June 2014 and July 2014.
  • You can access the test sample questions prior to your scheduled test.

Frequently asked questions:

  • Is there any help in pre-test preparation?

Yes.  The Mathematics Department offers free Pre-Assessment Workshops covering topics from Arithmetic through Beginning Algebra.  These workshops occur during the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.  If you would like to register for one of these workshops before taking your math assessment, please contact the Math Department.  The Reading & Study Skills Department also offers free Pre-Assessment Workshops to prepare our students to do their best on the reading portion of the assessment test. 

  • If I don’t do well on the test, will I still be able to attend SBVC?

    Yes, the assessment is not an admissions requirement or a pass/fail test.  It is a tool to help you and counselors to create an appropriate educational plan to meet your academic goals.
  • Is there a fee to take the test?

    No fee is required.
  • How long will it take to get my results?

    You will receive your placement results at the end of the test.
  • Will I be allowed to use a calculator or dictionary during the test?

    No, calculators or dictionaries are not allowed during the assessment test.
  • How long are the test results valid?

    Assessment test results are valid for two years.
  • How long will the test take?

    The tests are not timed and you will work at your own pace. Please allow 2 ½ to 3 hours to complete all tests.
  • What if I need accommodations to complete the test?

    If you have a learning or physical disability that requires reasonable accommodations to complete the assessment test, please contact the Disabled Student Programs and Services Department in AD/SS-105 or (909) 384-4443.