Step 2: Take a placement test

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Placement Test Preparation

Placement Test Schedule

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Students new to City College should take the ENGLISH or ESL (English as a Second Language) and MATH placement tests unless they meet the test waiver or exemption criteria. These tests are one way of measuring the students' skills in Math and English or ESL.  Counselors will use these results along with other information to help students decide on a program of courses.

PLEASE NOTE:  The test results are used for course placement purposes only. They are not used to prevent any student from attending CCSF;  however, you'll want to give the placement tests your BEST effortsince where you begin in the Math and English sequences can determine how long it will take you to either graduate or transfer from CCSF.

You can find review questions for the placement tests here: Sample Test Questions.

Placement Tests in ENGLISH or ESL (English as a Second Language) and MATH are given regularly from mid October through January and mid March through September 4th.

New! To receive an earlier registration date-take a placement test, attend an orientation, and see a counselor to get an education plan!

CCSF Assessment

Learn more about placement testing.  Watch our CCSF assessment video!


No appointment is necessary for computerized testing.

Seating is limited to the first 28 students!

 Seating is first-come-first-serve for computerized testing


No appointments are necessary for ESL Tests.  Seating is first-come-first-serve.

Each placement test is 90 minutes long.  The Math and English or ESL tests combined takes 3 hours.

All Computerized tests are held in the basement of Conlan Hall E5. No appointment is necessary seating is limited to the first 28 students. First-come-first-serve.  Please arrive 15 minutes before start time with your City College ID number and a photo ID. 


Placement Test Preparation

You might even wish to brush up a little on your Math and English prior to taking the tests. You can find review questions for the placement tests here: Sample Test Questions.

Additional Study Material and Online Practice Math Test

Accuplacer Resources

Accuplacer Prep Test 

 Khan Academy


Placement Test Schedule at Ocean/Phelan

August 2016



Credit Placement Testing at the Centers

Begins in October-2016 schedule coming soon!

ATB (Ability To Benefit)

To see if you meet eligibility requirements log on to: or call Financial Aid  (415) 239-3577


Other Tests

FALL 2016 Testing Schedule and Sample Test Questions

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Testing Office                                                                        
Conlan Hall Room 203 
50 Phelan Ave
San Francisco, CA 94112
Phone: (415) 239 - 3124
Monday-Thursday 8 AM to 5 PM
Friday 8 AM to 4 PM

Matriculation Office
Conlan Hall Room 204 
50 Phelan Ave
San Francisco, CA 94112
Phone: (415) 239 - 3751
FAX: (415) 452 - 5127
Monday-Thursday 8:30 AM to 5 PM
Friday 8:30 AM to 4 PM