Assessment Center, AD/SS 101 (909) 384-4409 

San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) uses a guided self-placement and questionnaire. The placement is primarily used to assist students in the following:

How to take the online Guided Self-Placement Questionnaire

Can I take an ESL Assessment?

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

Please follow the steps below:

  1. Apply to San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC)

  2. Apply for FAFSA or DreamAct

  3. Complete online Orientation at (Spanish option is available- for information contact one of the counselors below)

  4. Take ESL Assessment online
    For Non-Credit ESL classes please contact one of the ESL Counselors below

  5. Schedule an appointment with ESL Counselor for an education plan

  6. Register for classes at

For help with any of these steps or if you have questions. Please contact ESL Counselors Maria Lopez at or Pete Gonzalez at

¿Quieres tomar una clase de ESL para aprender Inglés?

Estos son los pasos que deben completarse antes de poder registrarse.

  1. Aplique para admisión en línea en San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC)
  2. Aplique para ayuda financiera FAFSA o DreamAct
  3. Complete su Orientación en línea en (la opción en español está disponible-para información comuníquese con uno de los consejeros indicados abajo)
  4. Tomar la evaluación de ESL
    Clases de ESL sin crédito, comuníquese con uno de los consejero de ESL indicados abajo
  5. Haga una cita con el consejero de ESL para un plan educativo
  6. Registrarse para las clases en

Para obtener ayuda con cualquiera de estos pasos o si tiene preguntas. Por favor, póngase en contacto con un consejero de ESL, Maria Lopez en o Pete Gonzalez en

How to waive the Guided Self-Placement and Questionnaire?

  • If you took an English and/or Math course at another college or university and received a grade of “C” or better for the course(s), you can request a waiver of the placement.  You need to bring a copy of your official transcript to the Counseling Center (AD/SS-103) for the process of your request.
  • Your coursework will be evaluated and your request will be processed after consulting with a counselor in the Counseling Center.

How to waive a course prerequisite?

  • If you took the prerequisite for a course at another college or university, you can ask for a waiver of the prerequisite.  Please follow the steps for the waiver of the guided self-placement and questionnaire (see the instructions above).

Frequently asked questions:

  • If I don’t do well on the guided self-placement, will I still be able to attend SBVC?
    Yes, the placement is not an admissions requirement.  It is a tool to help you and counselors to learn about your basic skills level and create an appropriate educational plan to meet your academic and/or career goals.
  • Is there a fee to take the guided self-placement?
    No fee is required.
  • How long will it take to get my results?
    You will receive your placement results at the end of the guided self-placement.
  • What if I need accommodations to complete the guided self-placement?
    If you have a learning or physical disability that requires reasonable accommodations to complete the placement, please contact the Disabled Student Programs and Services Department in AD/SS-105 or (909) 384-4443.