Placement and Testing Services

Course Placement, Prerequisite Clearance and Make-Up Testing

We can help place students into classes that match their skills and experience, and proctor exams for students who need to make-up a missed in-class exam, test or quiz. We serve all Sierra College students and provide accommodations for students with disabilities.

Need help? Contact Placement and Testing Services

Our Services


Placement

We use students’ applications, high school transcripts and/or test score data to place students into math and English courses. As part of California’s new legislation (AB 705), this placement method offers students the opportunity to enroll directly into transfer-level English and math courses. If you should need additional help to succeed in your English and math courses, we offer academic help and counseling services.

Watch this video to learn more: Know Your Rights: The AB 705 Initiative and What it Means for Students

Placement Resources


Chemistry 1A Placement Examination

All students who want to take the Chemistry 1A course must meet all three prerequisites, one of which is the Chemistry Placement Examination. 

To prepare for the test, visit the California Chemistry Diagnostic Test to review topics the exam will cover and sample questions.

For the test, you will need:

Rocklin (LT1)

Chemistry 1A testing is offered every Friday at 8:50am for check-in. Testing begins promptly at 9:00am. No appointment is necessary.

Nevada County Campus (N1 216)

Chemistry 1A testing requires an appointment. Call (530) 274-5303 to schedule.

Tahoe/Truckee (N6 200)

Chemistry 1A testing requires an appointment. Call (530) 550-2225 to schedule.


Testing for English as a Second Language (ESL)

For the English as a Second Language (ESL) test, you will need a valid photo ID (driver’s license, passport, or school ID with student ID number), and should expect to take about two hours to complete the test.

Want to know more about our ESL classes? Visit English as a Second Language.

Should you need to retake the ESL test, you will need to wait one year after taking your test. Be sure to see an academic counselor for exceptions. Extenuating circumstances or medical emergencies may allow you to retest sooner with counselor approval.

Rocklin (LT 1)

ESL testing is offered Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary.

Nevada County Campus (N1 216)

ESL testing is offered Monday through Thursday. No appointment is necessary.

Tahoe/Truckee (N6 200)

ESL testing requires an appointment. Call (530) 550-2225 to schedule. 


Make-Up Testing for Students

How to Schedule a Make-Up Test

To schedule a make-up test, you must:

  • Have your instructor make arrangements with the Testing Center and fill out the Rocklin Testing Center Proctor Form. Only your instructor can order a make-up test from the Testing Center. The Nevada County Campus (NCC) also requires the NCC LRC Testing Instructions Form.
  • Bring a valid photo ID (driver’s license, passport, or school ID with student ID number)

If you need accommodations, please bring your Accommodations Certification from Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) to the Testing Center. Accommodations include: extended time, student scribes, and assistive technology.





What to Expect at Your Make-Up Test

At the Testing Center, you will:

  • Present a valid photo ID (driver’s license, passport, or school ID with student ID number)
  • Go to an assigned testing station or private room
  • Turn off your electronic devices and store all backpacks, purses and cell phones inside of pull-string bags.
  • Faculty and staff will observe the testing lab from surveillance cameras and the window viewing area.
  • Do not cheat. We will report academic dishonesty to your instructor.

Make-Up Testing: Faculty Resources and Procedures

The Sierra College Placement and Testing Center will only proctor Sierra College exams. We do not proctor exams from other colleges, universities or institutions. Students must attend Sierra College to be eligible for our services.

Tests need to be provided to the Placement and Testing Center at least 1-2 days before the student takes the exam.

Rocklin Campus (LT1)

For make-up exams on the Rocklin campus, keep in mind:

We will not administer tests for an entire class.

For return delivery options:

  • Interoffice mail
  • Instructor pick-up

Students can hand-deliver the test back to the faculty

Nevada County Campus (N6 200)

The NCC Testing Center must receive the teacher’s instructions to proctor an exam. Please use the NCC LRC Testing Instructions Form.

Tahoe/Truckee Campus (204)

Contact the Tahoe/Truckee Campus Testing and Proctoring office to make an appointment. Call (530) 550-2284 to schedule.

Contact Testing Centers

Contact Placement Offices

Learn more about placement in math, English, Chem 1A and/or ESL.

Rocklin Campus LT1
Email: assessment@sierracollege.edu
Phone: (916) 660-7430
Fax: (916) 630-4513

Fall and Spring Hours
M-Th: 8:00 am – 7:00pm
F: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Chem 1A Placement Examination on Fridays at 9:00am (no appointment necessary). ESL, walk-ins welcome.

Nevada County Campus N1 216 
Email: aloomis@sierracollege.edu
Phone: (530) 274-5303
Fax: (530) 274-5307

Fall and Spring Hours
M-Th: 8:30am – 4:00pm
F: 8:30am – 10:00am

ESL (Drop-in, no appointment necessary). Chem 1A Placement Examination (by appointment only).

Tahoe/Truckee Campus 227 
Phone: (530) 550-2225
Fax: (530) 550-2229

ESL and Chem 1A Placement Examination by appointment only

Rocklin Campus LT1

  • Fall and Spring Hours
    M-Th: 8:00am - 7:00pm
    F: 8:00am - 5:00pm

    We collect make-up tests 15 minutes before closing time. Make sure you time your test-taking accordingly.

Nevada County Campus N6 200

  • Fall and Spring Hours
    M-Th: 9:00am - 6:30pm
    F: 9:30am - 12:00am

    Walk-ins welcome. We collect make-up tests 15 minutes before closing time. Make sure you time your test-taking accordingly.

Tahoe/Truckee Campus 204

  • Fall and Spring Hours
    M-Th: 9:00am - 6:00pm
    F: 9:00am - 1:00pm

    By appointment only