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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to take the placement tests?
Yes, all students who plan on completing 6 or more units or wish to receive priority registration, must take an English and math placement test. However, if you believe you have satisfied this requirement another way, please visit the Placement Test Clearances page for details on qualifying exceptions.

What tests are offered by the Assessment Center?
We offer a native English, English as a Second Language (ESL), math, Chemistry A180, and Spanish test.

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.

Can I place higher than English A100 on the placement test?
No, you cannot place higher than English A100. English A100 is a required course for all students transferring and/or graduating from OCC.

What is the highest math placement I can receive on the test?
The highest math course you can place into via out assessment test is Math A180 - Calculus 1. 

Do I need an appointment for testing?
Walk-In Testing is available Monday-Friday, although the hours may vary from month to month. To view the current walk-in schedule, visit the main Assessment Center page.

When and where can I get my placement test results?
Your test results with be printed out for you upon completion of your test. In addition, 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."

International students should contact the Global Engagement Center for information or questions about their results.

Can the Placement test results be transferred to other community colleges or 4-year universities?
Orange Coast College accepts native English and/or math assessment tests with course placement results from any accredited community college, provided that the test has been taken within the last two (2) years and that the placements are equivalent to courses at Orange Coast College. 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, right before the stairs, in room 110.  The closest lot is Lot A on Fairview Road and Pirate Way. You can either purchase a 4-hour pass for $1 from the yellow box located in the parking lot, or you may park in any 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 applying to OCC and receiving your OCC student ID number. To learn how to apply online, visit the Admissions page.   
What if I don't have any photo I.D. to bring to my testing appointment?
No one is permitted to test without some form of photo identification. If there is an issue with obtaining an I.D., 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. You can also visit the Career Resource Center, located on the 3rd floor of Watson Hall, as they offer 4 different types of career assessments.
Where can I get information on the ACT, SAT, TOEFL, CBEST, AP, CLEP and other standardized tests?
Orange Coast College is not a test site for any of the named tests. Please visit the official web pages of these tests to find out more information.