Assessment Testing

Saddleback College offers a range of different Assessment tests to provide students with accurate course placement in math, English and reading. Students that need to take one or more of the placement exams, must make an appointment either online (click the button to the left) or by calling the Matriculation Office. Review our different testing sessions below in order to select the correct test for your needs. All students must apply to the college and have their student ID number BEFORE they can take any of the assessment exams.

Please Note: If you have already taken a placement exam at another California Community College or have completed and passed an English and Math course from another college or University please review the Alternative Evidence webpage.

Regular and Walk-in Testing Information

Test Schedule

Test Types

  • Reading: CTEP Reading Comprehension (computer test)
  • English: CTEP Sentence and Syntax Skills, CTEP Sentence Structure and Grammar (computer test)
  • Math: MDTP test 1-4 (computer test)

Test Times

  • 45 minutes for reading only
  • 1 hour for math only
  • 1.5 hours for reading and English
  • 2.5 hours for all the tests

Test Scoring

  • Tests are usually scored with-in 24 hours unless the testing date falls on a night or weekend. The test proctor will let the students know when the results will be in MySite.

Test Sample Questions

Regular Appointment Testing

The Matriculation Office will provide assessment testing on specific Fridays, nights, and weekend by appointment only. During a regular testing session, students will take the reading, English and math placement exams all in one sitting (2.5 hour session). Students may also take any one of the individual tests if they are re-testing or have been referred to take a specific test by their counselor.

Please check the schedule online here: Regular and Walkin Testing Schedule

Walk-In Testing

Walk-in testing is available most Mondays - Thursdays between the hours of 9:00am and 1:30pm. Student may arrive anytime between those hours to take the assessment exams. During a walk-in testing session, students will take the reading, English and math placement exams all in one sitting (2.5 hour session). Students may also take any one of the individual tests if they are retesting or have been referred to take a specific test by their counselor.

Please check the schedule online here: Regular and Walkin Testing Schedule

ESL (English as a Second Language) Testing

The ESL test is designed to give ESL course placement to students that English is not their first language. Students that are looking to enroll in ESL courses must take this test before they register. Students taking this test will meet with a counselor and receive their test scores during the session.

  • Test Appointments: (ESL) Testing Schedule
  • Test Time: 3 hours total, 45 min. exam and 2 hours with a counselor
  • Test Scoring: Tests results will be given out during the counseling/advisement session
  • Test Samples: ESL Questions
  • Test Types: Celsa tests 1 and 2 (scantron & pencil)

Writing Sample Appeal

The Writing Sample is a way for students to appeal their English Composition placement level. If a student believes that their placement recommendation is not indicative of his/her abilities, the student may appeal their English placement by taking the writing sample test. Students taking the Writing Sample Test will read a short passage and write a short essay answering the prompt. Appeals are final and the placement given from this test cannot be appealed again.

  • Test Appointments: Writing Sample Schedule
  • Test Time: 1 hour total
  • Test Scoring: Appeals are scored by a panel of instructors and will be completed with-in 5 business days from the day after the test was taken unless that day falls on a weekend. If the next day falls on a weekend, the 5 days will begin on the following Monday.