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 complete the AQ, go to www.mtsac.edu/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.

Reading Placement
By completing the AQ, you will also receive a recommendation for enrolling in a reading class.  Mt. SAC has a reading requirement for graduation with an AA/AS.  A READ 100 placement level satisfies this requirement. Students may also meet the reading requirement by enrolling in and completing READ 90: Reading College Texts or AMLA 33R: American Language Advanced Reading with a ’C’ or better.

Non-Native Speakers of English
Students who complete the AQ and have not completed three years of high school English in the U.S. may be referred to meet with an American Language (AMLA) faculty member to determine course placement.  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.

Non High School Graduates
Students who have not completed at least three years of high school will be referred to a counselor to assist with 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.

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