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

Due to problems with ACCUPLACER testing instrument, no assessment test will be given until the problems are solved. Please check campus website on March 2 for test availability.

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 is the assessment schedule for February 2015.
  • 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 Math Basics Skills videos. 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.