To determine which classes are right for you, you will need to complete assessment tests.

Canada Assessment services conduct the college assessment tests which include English, Reading, ESL, and Mathematics.

Prior to Assessment Test

  • BEFORE you can take an assessment test, you must complete a Cañada College Application for Admission and receive a student ID number.
  • You must bring your student identification number (that starts with letter G), and a photo ID to testing; otherwise you will not be admitted that day.
  • It is highly recommended to study before taking an assessment test. To study and prepare for the test visit the web site at www.canadacollege.edu/admissions/testing.html.

Alternate option for course placement:

English & Math Alternate Placement Form: Click Here for Form

The college uses the validated statewide model that includes predictive multiple measures.

The English and Math Placement form lists alternate placements as US High School GPA/Coursework (high school graduates only), AP, CAASPP Exam results and IB exam results.


You are automatically EXEMPT from taking the Assessment Tests if:


… you have completed other college assessments or courses:

  • You have taken the assessment tests at Cañada College or CSM or Skyline College
  • You are a former student or a new transfer student from another accredited college in the United States and have completed course work in mathematics and/or English with a grade of “C” or better. Please bring unofficial transcripts to your Admissions & Records to verify this exemption.

… you have completed the Advanced Placement Test for English or math

  • You can show evidence of completing the College Board Advanced Placement Test (AP) in English Language or in English Literature with a score of 3, 4, or 5. You MAY be eligible for English 110 or 165 based on AP scores so speak with a counselor regarding your English course selection.
  • You can show evidence of completing the College Board Advanced Placement Test (AP) in Mathematics with a score of 3, 4, or 5.

… you have taken an assessment test at another community college

A student may submit assessment test results from another California Community College in lieu of taking the English and/or mathematics assessment tests at Cañada College. The math assessment test must have been taken within the last two years