Assessment FAQ

Assessments in Math, English, English as a Second Language (ESL), and Reading are administered in group testing sessions. For more information, call the Assessment Office at 408-741-2035, or Counseling at 408-741-2009.

What steps should I take for testing?

Make sure you have your West Valley College ID number. Apply now to receive your ID number.

Attend a scheduled Testing Session. Bring a photo ID, your West Valley ID number and a pencil. Please schedule an appointment before attending. ESL students do not make appointments.Bring a photo ID, your West Valley ID number, twelve quarters or three dollars for parking and a pencil.

How do I find my test results?

ESL Students: Log in to the portal -->MyWebServices--> My Personal and Academic Info--> My Assessment Results

Everyone else: Print Accuplacer results after completing the test. Or log into the portal (see above).

What tests are given at West Valley College?

  • English/Reading - Accuplacer
  • Math - Accuplacer - Elementary Algebra
  • ESL - CELSA (English Language Skills Assessment) - and Holistic Essay.
  • ATB - None available at this time

Can I retake my Assessment Test?

  • Math may be retaken once. You must wait at least one week before retesting. Math placements expire after 3 years, requiring testing if the student has not completed a Math course during that time.
  • English may not be repeated. Your English placement may be challenged by completing a one hour essay in the Assessment Center during a testing session. No appointment is necessary.
  • Reading may be repeated once for the purposes of satisfying the Reading Requirement for Graduation, but not for initial placement.
  • ESL may not be repeated. Please attend the class you were placed into and review with your teacher the course content before challenging.  
  • Intend to take an English, ESL, Math, or Reading course or a course that has a prerequisite course in English, ESL, Math, or Reading.

Who should take Assessment Tests?

  • Intend to take an English, ESL, Math, or Reading course or a course that has a prerequisite course in English, ESL, Math, or Reading.
  • Intend to earn a WVC degree or certificate.
  • Intend to transfer to a four-year college or university.

Who is exempt from taking Assessment Tests?

  • A student who has an Associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited US college or university.
  • Anyone who presents a transcript to the Assessment Office indicating successful completion (C or better) of an equivalent course(s) at another accredited college or university.
  • ESL courses are only accepted if taken at Mission College.
  • Anyone who has ACCUPLACER scores from another accredited college or university can submit scores to the Assessment Office for equivalency.
  • Anyone who is not intending to take classes which have prerequisites of ;English, Reading, Math or ESL
  • Anyone with a 3, 4, or 5 score on AP Language and Composition does not need assessment in English.
  • Anyone with a 3, 4,or 5 on AP Math Calc or Statistics does not need mathematics assessment. Official scores need to be filed in the Counseling office.

Why do I need Assessment?

All students, including active-duty militry, veterans, CalWorks, EOPS and DESP who started Fall 2014 and beyond, are now required to comply with the California Success act of 2012 requiremnts (3 core requirments: assessment, orientation and develop a preliminary educational plan) in order to receive a priority registeration date for enrollment.

Are preparation materials available?

Assessment Office
(408) 741-2035
Counseling office
(408) 741-2009

Maps of Testing Sites
Fox (Fox Center)
Bus (Business)

How to Obtain Assessment Scores

Assessment recommendations are available on the date announced in the testing session. You can obtain your scores by:

  1. Log in to the WVCPortal

    • My Web Services

    • My Personal and Academic Info

    • My Assessment Results

  2. Authorizing someone else to pick up your scores. First, you must put the request in writing, including your name, WV College ID or Social Security number, the name of the person to whom the scores are to be released, date, and your signature.

  3. Request scores by fax or mail, your written request must include name, WV College ID number, date, and your signature. Fax requests to (408) 741-4076 attn: Assessment Office. Be sure to indicate how the scores are to be returned, either by mail or fax

last published: 3/21/18