Guided Self-Placement

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 Guided Self-Placement Questionnaire online during the COVIC-19 outbreak period

After you received your SBVC student ID number and completed the New Student Orientation, or if students have already completed the New Student Orientation, please complete the Guided Self-Placement Questionnaire. Please save your document as an image (screen capture) or a PDF file, attach, and email to one of the counselors listed on the form based on your LAST NAME . Please allow 1-2 business days for processing.

Can I take an ESL Assessment?

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

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.