Due to budget cuts the Assessment Center will be closed while we are testing off campus. If you need to pick up or drop off S.O.A.R application, you may stop by our Counseling Department to do so. The Counseling Office hour is Mon- Thur 8 am- 7pm; Fri 8-12pm. We apology for any inconveniences.
What is S.O.A.R.?
STUDENT - For local high school seniors.
ORIENTATION - Get information about Golden West College.
ASSESSMENT/ADVISEMENT - Placement testing at your school campus. Small group counseling.
REGISTRATION - A V.I.P. ticket to early registration. Register before all other new students.
Which High Schools Participate in S.O.A.R.?
Please check the 2014 S.O.A.R. Testing Schedule for participating high schools.
When can I take the S.O.A.R. placement tests?
Please check the 2014 S.O.A.R. Testing Schedule for placement testing dates.
How do I sign up for S.O.A.R.?
If your campus has already been tested, contact the Assessment Center at the college to which you intend to apply for further instructions (see the 2014 S.O.A.R. Testing Schedule):
Golden West College Assessment Center - (714) 895-8388
Orange Coast College Assessment Center - (714) 432-5789
Coast Community College Assessment Center - (714) 241-6285
GOLDEN WEST COLLEGE S.O.A.R 2014 MAKE UP DATES
Make up dates coming soon.
We are giving the opportunity to High School seniors who missed the S.O.A.R. testing sessions scheduled on their campus to submit an Admissions application online. Prospective students must wait until this date before filling out an online application to the college. Concurrently enrolled High School students who may have previously applied to Golden West College for the spring 2014 semester must reapply as a first time student in college for Summer/Fall 2014. Please follow the instructions below for the online application:
- Apply online at www.goldenwestcollege.edu
- After reading the information on the welcome page, scroll to the bottom and click on “Begin Application for Golden West College”
- New Users to the online application will need to create a new account. Those students who may have previously applied online to the Coast Community College District (OCC, Coastline or GWC) will log on using their previously established account information.
- After logging in, select “Summer/Fall 2014” as the term you are applying for.
- On the Education screen, select “first time student in college”
- On the online application, students must indicate their education level as “Received high school diploma from a U.S. school”
- Students must also indicate their High School completion date is before the start of the fall semester.
Online applications may take 5-7 business days to process, at which point each student will be emailed his/her Coast Community College District (CCCD) student ID number, a username and password to log in to their student portal. Some Internet Service Providers filter mail from the Coast Community College District so please check your trash/spam folder if you don't receive an email response within 5 business days of submitting your application. You can avoid this by adding GWCAdmissions@cccd.edu and GWCAdmissions@gwc.cccd.edu to your Friendly Approved Senders list. This is especially important if you use providers such as AOL, Yahoo, Earthlink, MSN, Gmail, Hotmail, or Roadrunner and/or you use spam filters.
You will be asked for your student ID when you call to schedule a testing appointment so make sure you have received the information from the Admissions Office before calling the assessment center.
APPOINTMENT LIST WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON
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. If you have taken an Early Assessment Program (EAP) from CSU, and have a ready status for CSU English and or Math, you must submit the result to the Assessment Center for clearance.
Which test should I take?
There are 2 English tests to choose from. Sample tests are available and require Acrobat Reader for viewing and printing.
- COMPASS computerized test, the Native Speaker of English Test
- COMPASS/ESL computerized test, the Non-Native Speaker of English Test You should take the Native test if English is your first language OR if you have completed most of your education taking regular English courses. (Some students speak another language at home but have taken at least four years of high school English courses not ESL. Those persons should take the Native Speaker of English test.)
There are 4 Math tests to choose from.
- Elementary Algebra Test
For students who have taken 1 year of high school algebra with a “C” grade or better.
- Intermediate Algebra Test
For students who have taken at least 2 years of high school algebra and 1 year of geometry with a “C” grade or better in all courses.
- Precalculus Test
For students who have taken at least 2 years of high school algebra, a semester of geometry and trigonometry with a “C” grade or better in all courses.