bldgDo I need to complete the placement process?
If you are a new student and plan to earn an Associate Degree, transfer to a four-year college, or take courses which have English/ESL or math prerequisites, you must complete the placement process.  

Are there alternatives to taking the Cuesta College assessment tests?

Yes, please view our placement options.

Do I need to make an appointment to take the assessment test? 
The English, ESL, and Math assessment tests are done on a walk-in basis. 

How can I prepare for the assessment tests?

What do I need to bring with me to the test?

  • Photo ID
  • Cuesta ID number
  • A daily parking permit ($2) is required at the San Luis Obispo and North County Campuses during the Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions.
  • Payment if applicable (Math, English, and ESL assessments do not have any fees.)

When will I receive my placement?

  • Mutliple Measure placements for new and returning students that recently applied through the online admission application are available within 24 hours.
  • Results from assessment testing are provided upon completion of the assessment. You will also be emailed a copy of the results within 24 hours.
  • Results from one of the other placement methods (CAASPP/EAP, test results from another California Community College, or  requests for a Multiple Measure placement for current students) are available within 5 business days.

To view your placement, login to myCuesta. Click on your “Student” tab, and then on "Student Email is Available Here.”

How can I appeal my assessment test results?
English: Students wishing to appeal their English placement results may do so by completing an appeal and writing sample: English Appeal form
ESL: Students wishing to appeal their placement results may do so by completing an appeal and writing sample: ESL Appeal form
Math: Students wishing to appeal their Math placement results may do so by completing Prerequisite Challenge Form B and by meeting with the Mathematics Division Chair.

All appeal decisions are final.

Can I take the assessment tests more than once? 
The Math Assessment test can be taken twice per calendar year.
The English as a Second Language test can be taken twice per calendar year.
The English Placement test can be taken once per semester.

What if I need special accommodation?
Please click on Testing Accommodations for more information.

Where are the testing centers located?