ASSESSMENT CENTER

Location, Hours, and Contact Information

Coastline's Assessment Center is located in Room 412 on the fourth floor of the Coastline College Center.

  • Address: 11460 Warner Avenue, Fountain Valley 92708 (Room 412)
  • Hours of Operation:
    • Monday - Thursday: 8:00am to 5:00pm
    • Friday: 8:00am to 12:00pm
  • Phone: (714) 241-6285
  • E-mail: assessment@coastline.edu

What services does the Assessment Center offer?

The Assessment Center provides testing services by administering placement tests in English and math, as well as administering alternative exams for students enrolling in distance learning courses. In addition, the Assessment Center serves a Telecourse Viewing Center for students enrolled in distance learning courses.

English & Math Placement Guides

Students may also receive placement into English and math courses via the following alternative methods:

Take a Placement Test

  • Placement Test - Students may request to take the ACCUPLACER placement tests at the Assessment Center.

Guided Self-Placement

  • Guided Self-Placement - As of January 1, 2018, students may bypass developmental-level prerequisites and place themselves into college-level math and English: "a community college district or community college may use self-reported high school information or guided placement, including self-placement for students" (AB 705, 2017, Sec. 2D). Students enrolling under this open placement model may wish to receive guidance to maximize their likelihood of succeeding in college-level (non-developmental) classes in the shortest time possible. Thus, we recommend that students seek a counselor's or advisor's input if they place into English C099: Fundamentals of Composition via the above options yet wish to self-place into English C100: Freshman Composition. Students can complete the Coastline English Guided Self-Placement form in the Assessment Center or they can email the Assessment Center at assessment@coastline.edu to obtain a copy of the form.

    For self-guided math placement, students can complete the Coastline Math Guided Self-Placement form in the Assessment Center, or they can email the Assessment Center at assessment@coastline.edu to obtain a copy of the form.

Challenge a Prerequisite

  • Challenge a Prerequisite - students may challenge a prerequisite by completing the Prerequisite/Clearance/Challenge request form. Students are required to take the placement tests prior to filing the petition. Completed forms should be submitted to the Admissions & Records office located in Fountain Valley at the College Center.

  • Credit by Exam - Students may request the Credit by Exam; a pass confers credit for English C099. Students can request this form from the Admissions & Records office.

Use Your College Transcripts

  • Successful completion of prerequisite courses - students who have successfully completed an English or math course from an accredited college or university that is considered equivalent at Coastline. Students can submit their official transcripts to the Admissions & Records office.

  • Students who possess an associate degree or higher may be exempt from placement testing. Students must provide official transcripts in order to verify satisfactory completion of college-level English and math coursework in order to be exempt from testing. Students can submit their official transcripts to the Admissions & Records office.

Use Your High School Records

  • Multiple Measure Assessment Project (MMAP) - Students who recently (within the last 10 years) attended high school for three or more years can receive placement into English and math courses based on the courses completed; their grades in those courses; and the cumulative, unweighted high school GPA. Some students may be placed directly in transfer-level English and mathematics courses. Students can complete the MMAP form in the Assessment Center or submit the completed form to assessment@coastline.edu as a PDF attachment.

  • Early Assessment Program (EAP) - high school students who received a "Ready"/ "Standard Exceeded" status for English and/or Math. Students can submit their results to the Admissions & Records office.

  • Advanced Placement (AP) scores - students who received a score of "3" or above on AP Calculus and/or AP English Literature or AP English Language and Composition. Students can submit their results to the Admissions & Records office.

Previous Test Results/Credit Scores

  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits - students can submit their results to the Admissions & Records office for math placement only.

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) scores - students can earn IB credit with minimum score of 5 except where noted in the catalog. Students can submit their results to the Admissions & Records office.

  • Placement test results - students who have taken a placement test at another accredited community college within the last two years (excludes ESL). Students can submit their results to the Admissions & Records office.

Coastline Placement Test Re-take Policy

Students are allowed a second (2nd) attempt on the English and Math Placement Tests after a minimum of one week (7 days) from the first attempt. A third (3rd) attempt may occur three (3) months after the date of the second attempt along with proof of participating in an appropriate intervention (e.g., tutoring, College Readiness Academy, etc.) as determined by the Assessment Center in conjunction with the Student Success Coordinator. All test results are valid for two (2) years from the original test date.

Matriculation Department Contact Information

Location: Admissions & Records Office
Office: 1st Floor, College Center in Fountain Valley, CA.

Telephone: (714) 241-6115

Email: matriculation@coastline.edu

Please visit the Matriculation web page for more information.

Schedule An Exam Or Placement Test With The Assessment Center

  • If you are planning to take both Math and English placement exams on the same day, please schedule two separate appointments one after the other (ex. Math placement at 1pm; English placement at 2pm).
  • Alternate Mid-Term and Final Appointments - Review what materials are permissible by the Assessment Center and/or Instructor. This information can be found in the course syllabus. (For example)
    • May Calculators be used? (type allowed)
    • May any notes for formula sheets be used? (i.e 8x11, notecard, one side, or both sides)
    • Time limit - When making an appointment, students should be aware of making their exam appointment at an hour that allows them the full amount of time to be used.
Click here to make an appointment How to Schedule a Placement Test How to Schedule an Alternate Exam

Policies And Procedures

  • Testing center policies
  • Special accommodations
    • If you a medical condition that requires additional accommodations (i.e dietary needs, restroom breaks, etc.) Please contact the Disabled Students Program and Services department to arrange for your testing accommodations. Telephone: (714) 241 - 6214 or TDD (714) 751 - 2072

RESOURCES

Math Placement Preparation

Free Online Math, Reading, and Writing Preparation!

Coastline offers free online workshops for students wanting to refresh or build their Math and English skills (includes reading and writing). The online workshops help assess your current skills important to college coursework and let you know if you are college ready! Based on your skill level, a personalized study path is created for you to review and build your skills. Move through the workshops at your own pace and around your own schedule. Access to the workshops is always open, so you can start anytime!

For information on how to get registered for the online workshop, please email collegeready@coastline.edu.

Coastline uses Accuplacer's Math Assessment Tests. Study resources for math assessment tests are as follows:

English Placement Preparation

Free Online Math, Reading, and Writing Preparation!

Coastline offers free online workshops for students wanting to refresh or build their Math and English skills (includes reading and writing). The online workshops help assess your current skills important to college coursework and let you know if you are college ready! Based on your skill level, a personalized study path is created for you to review and build your skills. Move through the workshops at your own pace and around your own schedule. Access to the workshops is always open, so you can start anytime!

For information on how to get registered for the online workshop, please email collegeready@coastline.edu.

Coastline uses Accuplacer's English Assessment. Study resources for English assessment tests are as follows:

Related Services

ESL Placement (Le Jao Center)

The assessment instrument used for ESL placement is the Accuplacer test (Reading Skills, Sentence Meaning, and Language Use). It is not a "pass or fail" test. It is used, along with other measures, to help students choose appropriate courses for enrollment.

Telephone: (714) 431-3601

Distance Learning Department

Need assistance regarding your distance learning courses? The staff can assist you with logging into the Canvas Course Portal or completing the Proctor Agreement Form.

Telephone: (714) 241-6216

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