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Placement Tests

Placement tests at Mesa College are required to determine the student's readiness to enroll in academic courses. Matriculation requires that all new students be tested in basic skills if they are planning to pursue any of the following educational goals:

  • Transfer to a four-year institution
  • Earn a degree or certificate
  • Enroll in basic English, mathematics, and/other courses with English and math prerequisites
  • Are undecided about their educational goal 


Students are exempt from the English and Math placements tests if they have earned an Associate in Arts degree or higher or have completed English and math courses, or have received a qualifying socre on the standardized tests listed below within the past two years. Students should bring or send official copies of test scores directly the the District Student Services office.

SAT - Engl (minimum score required is 500)

SAT - Math (minimum score required is 560)

ACT - ENGL (minimum score required is 22)

ACT - Math (minimum score required is 23)

EPT (minimum score required is 151)

ELM (minimum score required is 50)

EAP (Ready for CSU College-level English/Math Courses)

EAP Conditional (Conditional status does NOT meet the criteria)

College Engl AP (3, 4, or 5)