Placement will help identify course recommendations for English, math or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). College of Alameda’s placement process is compliant with Assembly Bill 705, which requires California Community Colleges to maximize the probability that a student who is seeking a degree/transfer will enter and complete transfer-level coursework in English and math within one year and use multiple measures when placing students into English or math courses.
English and Math Placement
As a new student, after you submit your application you will need to complete the English and math placement questionnaire which will help identify appropriate course recommendations for English and math.
English and math placement will be determined by one or more of the following measures; please have this information ready prior to completing the questionnaire:
- High school coursework
- High school grades
- High school grade point average
You must bring a print out or a screenshot of your English & math placement recommendations to your counseling appointment where you will create your student education plan (SEP), then you will be able to register for your classes.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Placement
As a new ESOL student, after you submit your application, you will need to complete the ESOL Self-Placement Tool to identify the most appropriate ESOL courses for you.
Please visit our ESOL Onboarding website to assist you in selecting the ESOL courses that are most appropriate for you.
After completing the ESOL Self-Placement Tool, you will make an appointment to meet with your counselor to complete your math assessment (through self-reported multiple measures and/or guided self-placement), create your student education plan (SEP), then you will be able to register for your classes.
Scheduling a Counseling Appointment
Your next step after completing your placement questionnaire is to visit our counseling website to schedule a counseling appointment. When you meet with your counselor, they will review your placement recommendations, help you develop a student education plan (SEP), then you will be able to register for your classes.