Welcome to the Assessment Center!

The fourth step in getting started here at Cypress College includes completion of the assessment process. The assessment process helps with placing students into English, English as a Second Language (ESL) and math courses appropriate to their skill level. In addition, here at Cypress College we offer several ways to place into English, ESL, and mathematics in order to help students make the best educational choices using Multiple Measures. Students can get their high school transcripts evaluated, which may help with course placement. If a counselor suggests that a student takes assessment testing, we highly recommend that students take time to prepare by using the test preparation and resources here at Cypress College.


Student Center, 2nd Floor, Building 19 near the small pond


Assessment testing is available on a walk-in basis. The last test every day starts 2 hours before closing time. For students receiving time accommodations, the last test starts 2 hours and 30 minutes before closing time. No appointment is necessary.

Dates and times that the Assessment Center is open are subject to change. You can see Assessment Center closure dates and times below and on the Cypress College events calendar. Please call ahead of time to check the Assessment Center availability.

Fall and Spring Semesters:

Monday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

*Assessment Center Dates and times are subject to change.


Monday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

*Assessment Center Dates and times are subject to change.

Closure Dates and Times

  • November 13th – 8:30am – 12pm
  • November 15th – 8:30am – 12pm
  • November 27th – 8am – 6pm
  • November 29th – 2:30pm – 6pm
  • December 4th – 8:30am – 12pm; 2:30pm – 6pm
  • December 6th – 8:30am – 12pm; 2:30pm – 6pm


Reading Proficiency Closure Dates and Times

During certain days the center will be closed for English, math, and ESL testing in order to provide the Reading Proficiency exam. The Assessment Center testing for English, ESL, and math will resume at 12:30pm for the following dates:

  • November 30th – 8:00am – 12:30pm


Contact Information

Telephone: (714) 484-7223


Temperence Dowdle, Assessment Specialist

Jesus Ayala, Program Coordinator, AB 705 and Multiple Measures Specialist

Gisela Verduzco, Interim Director, Student Success and Support Program (SSSP)

Dr. Paul R. de Dios
Dean of Counseling, Student Development, and Admissions & Records

Assessment Exemptions

  • Incoming students may also use the Alternative Assessment Petition in order to satisfy the assessment verification requirement for priority registration. This applies if a student has completed any of the following requirements for lower division English or math:
    • An assessment test from another California Community College within the last 2 years,
    • An (un)official transcript with English/math from another U.S. Regionally Accredited College or University
    • Advanced Placement (AP) scores for English Composition, Literature, or Mathematics exam with a score of 3 or better
    • Early Assessment Program (EAP) for Math and/or English with a score of Standard Exceeded, on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) exam or Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).
    • SAT of 550 or higher in SAT Reading & Writing or ACT score of 22 or higher on the ACT English.
  • Students should make sure to have extra copies of any supporting documentation submitted for their own records.
  • If students need course prerequisite clearances, they should take all documentation to see a counselor before submitting this paperwork to the Assessment Center.
  • Students can submit an this form at the Assessment Center located in the 2nd Floor of the Student Center Building or email send the completed form and supporting documentation to with the subject “Cypress College Alternative Assessment Petition.”