Frequently Asked Assessment Questions

What should students bring with them to the Assessment Center?

Students interested in taking an assessment test need to have their Student ID number (start with @ and is 8 digits long; e.g. @88888888). After applying to Cypress College, students receive an email within 2-3 business days with their Student ID number.

Students should also bring a pencil and a photo ID such as:

  • Driver’s License
  • California State ID
  • High School ID
  • Passport
  • Green Card

Calculators are not allowed for use on any of the assessment tests.

Please allow for 1.5 hours per test taken, 3 hours if students plan to take both English and Math tests on the same day.

What happens after students complete a test?

Once students finish assessment testing, they will receive a printout of their results that indicate:

  • All tests taken
  • Date each test was taken
  • The number of questions answered correctly for each test
  • Course placement recommendations

What are the next steps after finishing assessment?

  1. Meet with a counselor to develop a Student Educational Plan. Students are highly recommended to bring a copy of their high school and/or college transcripts and any other supporting documentation as listed under Multiple Measures.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

How soon can students retest?

Retest Policy:

Students may retest 14 days after their initial assessment, retests thereafter are permitted 120 days from the date of the most recent retest. Requests to retest before this period has passed require counselor approval (14/120 days). Students may not retest if they have started coursework in that subject and earned a letter grade, P/NP, or W in that course.

What are the policies on Academic Honesty for assessment testing?

Students who take part in the assessment process are subject to the Standards of Student Conduct & Discipline (Administrative Procedures 5500) 1.3 “No cheating, plagiarism or academic dishonesty.”

What accommodations are made for students with disabilities?

Students with verified disabilities may be eligible for accommodations such as extended time on assessment tests. Contact Disability Support Services at (714) 484-7104 for information.