Frequently Asked Questions
Am I required to take the placement tests?
Yes. Students must take the English or English as a Second Language (ESL), and math placement tests to receive priority registration.
If you did not complete three years of high school English in the U.S. you should take the ESL test before you enroll in any ESL courses.
If your native language is not English, you should complete the English as a Second Language test before you enroll in any English as a Second Language (ESL) class.
What if I completed coursework at another college or university?
If you have a college degree, you are exempt from placement testing. However, if you plan to enroll in any English or math course(s), you must present an official or unofficial transcript to Admissions/Records showing that you have met the prerequisite for the course(s) or take the assessment tests to place into the course(s).
How can I meet the graduation requirement in math?
You must pass the appropriate math class OR take the math test level that can place you in a math class higher than the GWC math graduation required class.
Do I need an appointment for testing?
Yes. You should call the Assessment Center for an early appointment or make an appointment at the Assessment Center in Bus Bldg Room 109 so your enrollment won't be delayed.
When and where can I get my placement test results?
Test results are available either immediately following your test session or in your MyGWC Account.
What if I lose my test results?
A copy of your test results are available in the Assessment Center. Please bring picture identification.
Can the Placement test results be transferred to other community colleges or 4-year universities?
Golden West College accepts native English and/or math placement test results from any California community college, provided that the test has been taken within the past two (2) years. It is advisable that you check the policies of other institutions regarding transferring test results as they may have different policies.
Where do I park and will I have to pay for parking?
The Assessment Center is Located on the First Floor of Business Building in Room 109. Assessment Center is Located next to Parking Lot F on the Campus Map. You may park in any empty metered parking spot. Permits cost $3.00 for the day. DO NOT park in metered parking if you are taking both math and English tests. Metered parking is good for 2 hours at a time. Parking is free on the weekend. Please note: you are encouraged to park in the Gothard parking lot, due to the swap meet on Saturdays. Be prepared to pay for 4 hours of parking. Your test session should last a maximum of 3 hours but may run longer.
What if I fail the placement test?
The placement test is not a "pass" or "fail" test. The purpose of testing is to place you in the appropriate English and math courses to help you succeed in college.
What happens if I have not turned in an application?
You cannot test without first turning in an application to the Admissions Office. You can access an application online for Golden West College.
What if I don't have any I.D. to bring to my testing appointment?
Before your test session, you must speak to one of the testing technicians in the Assessment Center office to explain your problem and arrange an acceptable alternative identification procedure.
Are SAT and ACT scores accepted in place of Assessment at GWC?
SAT and ACT scores are not accepted at the community college level as an exemption from placement testing. However, Advanced Placement Test scores are still accepted and must be sent to the Records office. Also EAP Scores with College Ready are accepted and must be sent to Assessment Center.