Welcome to the Contra Costa College Assessment Center

Assessment is one of the most important steps in the enrollment process. At Contra Costa College we want to help you succeed and part of your success as a college student depends on enrolling in courses that match your abilities and skills.

Contact Office Information

Location: Student Services Center (SSC) Room 104

Campus Map & Directions can be found here

Phone: (510) 215-3896

Fax: (510) 235-5819

Email: assessment@contracosta.edu

Get into the English, Math or ESL (English as a Second Language) Classes That are Right at Your Level 

To find out your math, English, and/or ESL placement, you have two options:

 Use high school transcript information and follow the steps below

  • Self-report your information using the following links:
    • Math Placement
    • English Placement (please see a counselor for placement, online tool available soon!)
  • After entering in all of your information, print the report(s) showing your suggested course placement(s) and take the copy to the Assessment Center located in the Student Services Center (SSC) Room 104.
  • Please bring a valid photo ID with you (e.g. Driver’s License, High School ID, Passport, etc.) as we cannot process your results without one.
  • You will need to provide your CCC student ID number for your placement to officially enter your course placement into the system.


  1. Book an appointment to complete the English, math or ESL assessments. You must have each of the following:
  • Contra Costa College application on file with the Admissions and Records Office
  • Your CCC student ID number
  • A valid photo ID (e.g. Driver’s License, High School ID, Passport, etc.) is required to take the test

Once you have all this information handy you can book an appointment online.  To book an appointment over the phone, call (510) 215-3896.  To book an appointment in-person, please stop by the Assessment Center in SSC-104.

Assessment Information

Assessment Overview

Contra Costa College uses ACCUPLACER®, a computerized assessment, for placement into English, math, and ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. The results of the assessment, your academic background, goals and interests, will be used by academic counselors to place you into a college course that meets your skill level.

Our assessment is only open to students who have submitted their application and intend to enroll at Contra Costa College.

Students taking the ESL assessment must also complete a timed writing assessment.

It is important that you prepare for your assessment so your scores will accurately represent you skills and knowledge. Click on the following link to Prepare for ACCUPLACER.

Who Should be Assessed?

The Student Success and Support Program (SSSP) requires all new students working toward a degree, certificate, transfer, or are undecided about their educational or career goals to complete orientation, assessment, and counseling/educational planning.

Assessment of new students is required in the areas of reading, writing, English as a Second Language and math.


Students can be EXEMPT from completing the Assessment if:

  • You have taken an assessment at another community college: Submit the Assessment Clearance/Waiver form plus a copy of your Assessment Scores and Recommendation to the Assessment Center (SSC-104). Only assessments completed within two years and in California will be accepted.
  • If you have taken College level pre-algebra or English composition coursework at another institution and received a C or better: Submit a copy of your transcripts and a completed Assessment Clearance/Waiver form to the Admissions and Records Office (SSC-104).
  • You can show evidence of completing the College Board Advanced Placement Test (AP) in English Language or in English Literature with a score of 3, 4, or 5. You can show evidence of completing the College Board Advanced Placement Test (AP) in Mathematics with a score of 3, 4, or 5: Submit your scores and completed Prerequisite Form to the office of Admissions and Records (SSC-115)
  • You have completed an Associate Degree or Higher: Submit an Assessment Clearance/Waiver form along with a transcript (official or unofficial) showing your degree to the Admissions and Records Office (SSC-115)

If you are a concurrent enrolled K-12 student and do not need to clear course prerequisites for English and math.

Book an Assessment Appointment

To book an assessment appointment you will need to have the following items:

(1) A completed CCC application on file with the Admissions & Records office

(2) Your CCC student ID number

(3) Your date of birth

(4) Select the appropriate assessment you need to take.

Once you have all this information handy you can book an appointment online.

On site, a valid photo ID is required (e.g. Driver’s License, High School ID, Passport, etc.) before you are allowed to take the assessment.

Documented Disabilities/Testing

Any student with a documented disability who would like accommodations made for testing should contact the Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS) office located in SSC-109 prior assessment.

Please arrange for childcare prior to taking your assessments as we cannot allow children in the Assessment Center during assessment sessions.