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Frequently Asked Questions
Am I required to take the placement tests?
Yes. You must take the English and math placement tests before enrolling in any English, English as a Second Language (ESL) or math class or before pursuing a degree, certificate or transfer program. The college's matriculation plan requires that all students who plan on taking English, English as a Second Language, Math, six units or more and/or pursuing a certificate or degree must be evaluated.
If your native language is not English, you should complete the English as a Second Language test before you enroll in any English as a Second Language (ESL) class.
 
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?
Yes. You should call the Assessment Center for an early appointment so your enrollment won't be delayed.
 
When and where can I get my placement test results?
Test results are available either immediately following your test session or in the Assessment Center the day after of your test session.
 
What if I lose my test results?
A copy of your test results are available in the Assessment Center. Please bring picture identification.
 
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 California 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 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 maximum of 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 can pick up an application at the OCC Admissions Office or you can access an application online for Orange Coast College.
 
What if I don't have any 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 120, 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. For more detailed information (like registration and test site information) please visit the Assessment Center Links page. OCC is not a test site for any of the named tests.