To determine which classes are right for you, you will need to complete assessment tests. The COMPASS assessment test must be completed by:
- Financial aid applicants
- Students enrolling in English, English as a Second Language (ESL), reading and/or mathematics if they have not completed the prerequisite classes in college
- Students enrolling in classes with an English, reading or mathematics prerequisite or recommendation level
- Students who are planning to transfer or earn an associate degree or a career-tech certificate
- The assessment tests are required for all new, non-exempt students.
If you are not in one of the categories above, you may go straight to Step 5 Register for Classes. Students may challenge the requirement to participate in the assessment, orientation, and advising processes. Forms are available in the Admissions & Records Office.
If you are a student with a documented disability and need test accommodations, please call 650-306-3259.)
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 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.
Taking the 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.
- Complete the assessment tests early to secure your registration into a class.
- Calculator use is permitted on the mathematics tests using the built in calculator on the computer, or using your personal calculator provided it is not capable of graphing.