Finding the Right Course for You!
While we're currently unable to offer in-person assessment or exams, you can complete the assessment process and take a science exam online.
If you have questions or need assistance, you can
- Use our online contact form to schedule an online assessment or exam, or to ask any questions about the process.
- Be sure provide your full name and eight-digit De Anza student ID number (also known as a Campuswide ID or CWID), and tell us how we can assist you.
- Visit the Admissions and Records front desk in the RSS Building for in-person assistance – by appointment only.
- Appointments are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. only.
- Please remember that you must follow the rules for coming to campus this fall.
Watch Our New Video
Check out the latest in our Video Help Series – for a fun, '80s-themed overview of everything need to know about completing assessment at De Anza.
Tip: Math Course Names are Changing
Remember these important tips if you're registering for Math this summer or fall:
- Students who placed into Precalculus I should register for MATH 31 (formerly MATH 41)
- Students who placed into Precalculus II should register for MATH 32 (formerly MATH 42)
Review our Mathematics (MATH) course sequence.
Most students can now be assessed on the basis of their U.S. high school transcripts and GPA.
- Every new student should start by checking MyPortal for their assessment results.
- It's easy to do: Follow these steps
- ESL students: Use our ESL assessment process, designed to assist students who are learning English as a Second Language.
No Transcript? No Problem!
- If you don't have a recent transcript from a U.S. high school, we'll use other methods to help you find the best placement for you.
- If you're attending on an F-1 visa, you should review orientation materials offered by International Student Programs office before completing assessment.
Our assessment process for English, English as a Second Language (ESL) and Math is designed to help you find the courses that are right for you – based on your circumstances and goals. It's an essential step for any student interested in taking these courses at De Anza. It's also required for getting priority enrollment!
English as a Second Language
- View or download the English as a Second Language (ESL) sequence
- View or download the Mathematics (MATH) sequence
- Check out our Tips on Registering for Math Courses
- Important notes:
- Students who received a placement over the summer for Precalculus I should register for MATH 31
- Students who received a placement over the summer for Precalculus II should register for MATH 32
- If you received a Math placement before this summer, you should meet with your counselor for assistance in selecting the right course for your goals
English and Math can be challenging. If you've had difficulty with these subjects before – or if you don't feel ready to take college-level courses in these areas – don't worry!
- You can still take developmental English or developmental Math classes that will help prepare you for the courses you need to meet your goals.
- You may also want to check out the Math Performance Success program, which offers tutoring and in-class support.
- If English is not your first language, we have an assessment process to help you find the right courses in English as a Second Language
Talk with your counselor about the best options for you.
If you've already taken placement tests for Math or English at De Anza, you may now be eligible to take different courses than those in which you had been placed. Learn more if you took
Under state law, community colleges must do their best to help you complete transfer-level Math and English within a year – unless your high school records indicate that remedial courses would give you a better chance to succeed at the college level.
Like most community colleges, De Anza previously used placement testing to assess new students. But the latest research shows your high school performance is a better indicator than placement tests, when it comes to predicting your ability to succeed.