Assessment and Placement

Students attending Mt. San Antonio College are required to participate in assessment. The assessment and placement process has been established to enable all students an opportunity to achieve probable success in their course work. In addition, the process allows the faculty to instruct their courses at an appropriate level with the knowledge that students will be reasonably prepared. For more information, visit Assessment

Assessment Process at Mt. San Antonio College


All students at Mt. San Antonio College will receive placement recommendations in English, math, and reading based on an assessment utilizing multiple measures.  For most students, placement will be based on U.S. high school performance (High School GPA, High School Courses taken, etc.).  Students who have received college credit from accredited institutions may be able to receive course enrollment eligibility by submitting official transcripts. Consult with a counselor to review eligibility.

Assessment Questionnaire


To determine your course placement in English, math, and reading courses, go to www.mtsac.edu/aq and complete the Assessment Questionnaire (AQ).  It is recommended that you have a copy of your high school transcripts with you when you are completing the Assessment Questionnaire (AQ).  Follow the questionnaire directions carefully as it can be completed only once.  After completing the questionnaire, you will be given your course placement recommendations.

  • If you feel that the course placements you receive do not reflect your current abilities in the subject matter, you may make an appointment with a counselor.
  • If you have questions about your placement results, you may talk to a counselor.
  • You can always take a course at a lower level than the course you are placed.
  • If there was an error in the questionnaire you submitted, please see a counselor.


English Writing Placement Test


For writing course placement of non-native ESL students, the College utilizes the English Writing Placement Test to evaluate students’ writing skills. Students will be given a writing prompt and the writing sample will be evaluated by at least two faculty members. Based on the faculty evaluation of the student’s writing skills, along with additional measures, students are placed in the appropriate American Language (AMLA) writing course.

Reading Placement Test


This test provides a recommendation for enrollment in a reading course and based on the score, can be used to meet the reading competency graduation requirement for an AA/AS.

Meeting the reading competency graduation requirement for an AA/AS degree can be accomplished in one of three ways:

  • An AQ recommendation of READ 100: Analysis and Critical Reading or
  • A score of 65 or higher on the DRP Test or
  • Enrolling in and completing READ 90: Reading College Texts or AMLA 33R: American Language Advanced Reading with a "C" or better

Please note that there is no reading test for students who are non-native speakers of English. Reading course advice will be based on writing course placement.

Chemistry Placement Test


The College utilizes the California Chemistry Diagnostic Test to determine student readiness for CHEM 50. Students who pass the chemistry placement test will not be required to take a chemistry course prior to enrolling in CHEM 50.

Appeal Process


Students may appeal their English, math, and/or reading placement if they can demonstrate alternate proof of course equivalency or competency. If extenuating circumstances exist that may affect course placement, students may seek consultation in the appropriate division office. Students should be prepared to present documentation such as high school or college transcripts, additional test results, or work experience.

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