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Frequently Asked Questions
Am I required to take the placement tests?
Yes, unless you are either exempted or have satisfied this requirement another way.

Exempted Students. The only students who are exempted completely from placement testing are those with an AA/AS degree or higher. BUT, if these students do not complete all SSSP services (including orientation, placement testing, and meeting with a counselor to create an education plan) they will lose their priority registration status.

Other Ways to Satisfy Placement Test Requirement. Other than taking the tests, students may satisfy the "placement test" requirement by doing any one of the following. This means that students who have one of the four items below do NOT have to take Other than taking the tests, students may satisfy the "placement test" requirement by doing any one of the following. This means that students who have one of the four items below do NOT have to take a placement test, and will NOT lose priority registration for failing to take the placement test, and will NOT lose priority registration for failing to take the placement test, and will NOT lose priority registration for failing to placement test, and will NOT lose priority registration for failing to test.

  1. Other CA Community College Placement Test Results. Students who have taken a placement test at a California Community College (including OCC) within the last two years and have submitted test scores to the Assessment Center for placement in math and/or English (excludes ESL).
  2. AP Scores. Students who have received a score of "3" or above on an AP math exam and have submitted their test score to the Assessment Center will not need to take a math placement test. Likewise, students who have received a score of "3" or above on an AP English exam, and have submitted test scores to the Assessment Center, will not need to take an English placement test.
  3. Successful Completion of Prerequisite at Another College. Students who have successfully completed the prerequisite for a course at another college, and have submitted (official or unofficial) transcripts to the Assessment Center, will not need to take a placement test in the same subject.
  4. CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) Results. High School students who have taken an Early Assessment Program (EAP) from a CSU and received a "Ready" status for CSU English and/or CSU Math should submit these results to the Assessment Center so that they do not have to take the placement test for those subjects in which they received a "Ready" status.    

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 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 OCC math graduation required class.
 
Do I need an appointment for testing?

Walk-In Testing is available Monday-Thursday, although the hours vary from month to month. Friday testing is by appointment only. To view the current walk-in schedule,visit the main Assessment Center page. To make an appointment, you can use the online scheduler on this site, or, you can call or email the Assessment Center.  

Phone: (714) 432-5789
Email: occassessment@occ.cccd.edu  
 
When and where can I get my placement test results?

 Test results will be uploaded to your MyOCC account within the same day that you complete your placement test. Look on the "Student" tab under "Unofficial Transcript."
  
Can the Placement test results be transferred to other community colleges or 4-year universities?

 Orange Coast College accepts native English and/or math placement test results from any  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 when I come to test, and will I have to pay for parking?

The Assessment Center is located on the first floor of Watson Hall in room 110.  The closest lot is Lot A on Fairview Road. You may park in any empty metered parking spot. Metered parking is currently 25 cents per 30 minutes. Be prepared to pay for 4 hours of parking. Your test session should last a The Assessment Center is located on the first floor of Watson Hall in room 110.  The closest lot is Lot A on Fairview Road. You may park in any empty metered parking spot. Metered parking is currently 25 cents per 30 minutes. Be prepared to pay for 4 hours of parking. Your test session should last around 2- 3 hours but may run longer.
 
The following link to our online campus map will assist you in locating the Assessment Center in Watson Hall (#87) and parking lot A.
 
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 may access an application online for Orange Coast College at www.orangecoastcollege.edu.
 
What if I don't have any photo 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.
 
Where can I take Aptitude, Interest or Personality Tests?

 We suggest you sign up for the career planning class - Counseling A120, which includes all career testing and fees. If your counselor gives you a referral, you can take a variety of tests in the Assessment Center to help clarify your educational and vocational choices. There is a small fee for each of these tests.
 
Where can I get information on the ACT, SAT, TOEFL, CBEST, AP, CLEP and other standardized tests?

The Assessment Center has free information bulletins for ACT, SAT, TOEFL, and C-BEST tests. In addition, the Assessment Center has limited information on CLEP, GED, and AP scores.  Orange Coast College is not a test site for any of the named tests.