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Assessment Center

Assessment Center

Welcome to the Laney College Assessment Center!

As of Spring 2019 traditional standardizes math and English assessment is no longer required in order to enroll into English or math courses. If you have graduated from a regionally accredited United States high school within the past 10 years, completed the prerequisite courses at another college or university and have applied to Laney College please see the following enrollment steps.

There are two ways that students can enroll into math and English courses. The first one is to have your transcript evaluated by the Assessment Department before seeing a counselor who will use the evaluation document, your transcripts and other placement tools to help you enroll into the correct courses so that you may achieve your educational goals.

The second way to enroll into math and English courses is by going directly to the Counseling Department with a copy of your transcripts. During your counseling appointment your counselor will evaluate your transcripts and use other placement tools to help you enroll into the correct courses so that you may achieve your educational goals.

Please visit the Counseling Department website for information on how to schedule an appointments or additional documents that may be needed for placement.

Following are some examples of Multiple Measure tools that may be used for placement:

Assessment for Placement AB 705 – Multiple Measures

• High School or College Transcripts
• Highest level of coursework completed in a subject area and corresponding course grade.
• Attitude Surveys /Self Placement (math, English & ESOL)
• Vocational or Career Aptitude Interest Inventories
• Specialized Certificates or Licenses
• Education and Employment Histories
• Military Training and Experience
• Interviews
• Holistic Scoring Processes

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Assessment.
At Laney 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. The ESOL Assessment Test is an important part in the enrollment process as it will help place you into courses that will help bolster your English skills.

Testing is recommended before enrollment into any ESOL courses.
The ESOL Assessment test has two different parts. The reading comprehension part is taken on the computer, while the writing test is not currently computerized. If you are taking the ESOL Assessment, please allow  2 – 3 hours to complete the process.

Scheduling Your ESOL Assessment Test                                                                                                                                                                                       Check the testing schedule before you make an appointment to take your assessment test.

Click here to view the ESL testing schedule 

Chemistry 1A (CCDT)
Students wishing to enroll directly into Chemistry 1A without having to complete the course prerequisite, Chemistry 30A, may take this test to challenge placement into Chem 30A.

Click here for the dates to take your Chemistry 1A assessment.

Making Your Appointment

Once you know the day and time of the Assessment test you want to take, go ahead and make an appointment by phone, online, email, or in person.

By phone: (510) 464-3259

By email: laneyassessment@peralta.edu

Online: Click here

In person: At the Welcome Center, Building A, Room A-101

Test Day Reminders

  • All students must bring a copy of their transcript from their last High School or College, unofficial transcripts will be accepted.
  • Bring receipt of completed on-line orientation.
  • All ESOL students must arrive 15 minutes before the test.
  • You must bring valid identification with you on the day of your assessment and orientation. Some forms of acceptable identification are CA ID or driver license, passports, green cards, or any government issued identification with your name and picture.
  • Please no visitors or children. They will not be allowed in the Testing Area during the testing session.
  • No food or drinks are permitted in the testing area.
  • All electronic devises (i.e. cell phones, tablets, laptops, calculations, etc.) must be turned off during orientation and testing.
  • Assessment results will not keep anyone from enrolling in college or any college program. However, students must meet prerequisites as stated in the college catalog.

NOTE: You cannot “fail” the assessment tests or be denied admission to the college. The tests are a measurement of current skill level only, not of intelligence or aptitude. There is no cost for the assessment or orientation. 


Disabilities Students Program and Services (DSPS)

Who need accommodations should first contact (DSPS) at (510) 464-3428, room #E251 for more information. After receiving the Academic Accommodations Authorization form from DSPS. Please Call (510) 464-3255 or email
Assessment Center in Advance to arrange for accommodations.

For more information please contact us at laneyassessment@peralta.edu or call (510) 464-3259.