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Assessment Frequently Asked Questions

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Who needs to take the assessment test?

Whether you’re a First Time Sierra Student, a Transfer Student or a Returning Student, the following guidelines apply:

Assessment testing is required if you plan to:

Take your initial English, ESL, math and reading class,Satisfy an English, reading or math prerequisite,Earn an AA or AS degree or a certificate,Transfer to another college and you are a first-time college student, or

It’s been at least five years since you took the assessment test and you haven’t taken any English, ESL, math or reading classes during those five years, either at Sierra or another college.

The assessment test may not be required, and prerequisites for English, reading and math may be met, if you have documentation of one or more of the following:

Completed coursework from another college (in transcript form),

Assessment/placement results from another college.

Results can be sent to the Sierra College Assessment Center, 5000 Rocklin RD, Rocklin, CA 95677 or faxed to the Rocklin campus @ 916-630-4513 or NCC @ 530-274-5307.  Please include your Sierra student ID # and contact information. It takes about 3-5 business days to process results and transcripts from other colleges.EAP, AP, ACT/SAT scores (submit documentation to the Assessment Office or a Sierra College counselor.)

Make an assessment appointment.

Once you’ve submitted your application and you’ve received the acceptance email containing your Sierra College student ID number, you can sign up for an assessment test. Testing is by appointment only, so you’ll need to find out the campus-specific assessment schedule. Appointments can be made online or by calling the following numbers:

Rocklin Campus: 
Make online appt. 
916-660-7430
Nevada County Campus: 530-274-5303
Tahoe Truckee Campus: 530-550-2225

You must make an appointment; no one will be admitted to an assessment session without an appointment, a Sierra College student ID number and photo identification.

Where are the Assessment Offices on each campus?

The Assessment Offices are conveniently located on each campus in the following buildings:

Rocklin campus: Room 180 in the Winstead Center (Building L)

Nevada County campus: Building N1

Tahoe Truckee campus: the only building on campus

What do I need to bring to the assessment test?

Be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. Bring your photo ID – a driver license, passport, school ID – and your student ID number. No exceptions can be made; you will not be admitted to the assessment session without photo identification.

Food and drinks are not allowed in the testing centers.

English Placement

Transcripts and assessments from other colleges, ACT & SAT scores, and EAP and AP scores will help determine English course placement:

Documentation

ScorePlacement
SAT (writing) 680 or above English 1A
SAT (reading) 550 or above English 1A
ACT (English test) 24 or above English 1A
EAP Ready for CSU-level Eng. English 1A
EPT 150 or higher English 1A
AP 3 or above Eligible for Eng. 1B/1C
Other college transcript Grade of C or above Counselor evaluation
Other college assessment Counselor evaluation Counselor evaluation

All new students or those having taken an assessment at least five years ago and who want to take an English class will need to reassess.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Placement

The Sierra College Assessment Center provides free ESL testing throughout each semester. Please stop by or call the Rocklin and NCC Assessment Centers for ESL testing information and schedules.

Math Placement

Transcripts and assessments from other colleges, ACT & SAT scores, and EAP and AP scores will help determine math course placement:

DocumentationScorePlacement
EAP Ready for CSU-level math Math 10,13,17,18
ELM 50 or above Math 10,13,17,18
AP (Calculus AB or BC) 3 or above Eligible for Math 31
High School transcript C or above in Algebra 1&2 Math 10,13,18
Other college transcript Grade of C or above Counselor evaluation
Other college assessment Counselor evaluation Counselor evaluation

All new students or those having taken an assessment at least five years ago and who want to take a math class will need to reassess.

Reading Placement

Transcripts and assessments from other colleges, ACT & SAT scores, and EAP and AP scores will help determine reading course placement:

DocumentationScorePlacement
Other college transcript C or above in Eng 1B/1C Counselor evaluation
Other college assessment Counselor evaluation Counselor evaluation

All new students or those having taken an assessment at least five years ago and who want to take a reading class will need to reassess.

How long is the test?

The test is not timed, but the full – English, reading AND math - assessment test can take 1.5 to three hours to complete.

Can I take the test over if I’m not happy with the results?

Students must wait 16 weeks after the initial test before being able to re-test. If an extenuating situation or medical emergency exists, a student may be able to re-test prior to the 16-week waiting period with counselor approval.

How and when can I get my results?

Your results will be available immediately after the test. You can also view them on mySierra by clicking on Course Placement & Eligibility on the right side of the mySierra home tab.

How long does it take to evaluate my assessment and transcript documents from other colleges?

Please allow at least three business days to process student records.

Is there a study guide for the test?

The tests are designed to determine appropriate course placement based on your current proficiency; there’s no need to study since the goal is to match the class with your ability. You can view sample test questions or pick up sample tests at the Rocklin Assessment Office and the NCC Counseling Office.

Sample Assessment Test Questions

Assessments in Reading, English, and Math help determine your skill level and course placement and are required, at no charge, for new students. Sample Assessment test questions are available online here. If you have accessibility concerns, these sample tests are also available at Rocklin Assessment Center or Nevada County Campus Counseling Office.

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