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Placement and Assessment Services

Standardized assessment tests are no longer administered for placement into English and math classes. English as a Second Language (ESL) tests are still offered.

Placement results are used by academic counselors to determine readiness for specific courses and programs. For students enrolling in English writing and math, placements may be based on a review of their academic record or on a Guided Self-Placement. For English as a Second Language (ESL) students, placement will be based on either a remote assessment completed online or an assessment completed on campus (when conditions permit).

For English as a Second Language (ESL) remote assessment times, please check the English as a Second Language (ESL) Remote Assessment Calendar.

There are no fees for students who are taking Los Rios Placement assessments. If you have questions, please email Students needing special accommodations for English as a Second Language (ESL) assessment should call the Disability Services and Programs for Students (DSPS) Office at (916) 484-8382.

Getting Started With Placement and Assessment

What to Bring

  • Students must complete the online college application process and obtain a student ID number before testing/placement.
  • Students must present a valid photo ID (school or government issued) for testing. The following are acceptable forms of ID:
    • Driver's License
    • High school ID card
    • College ID card
    • State or Federal ID card
    • Passport
    • Tribal ID card
    • Naturalization card or Certificate of Citizenship
    • Green card

Placement Re-Evaluation Petition (PREP)

ARC has changed its method for placing students in the English and mathematics course sequences to use more high school record information. Students who graduated from a U.S. high school within the last ten years and who provided inaccurate or incomplete high school information on their college application may want to have their English and/or math placements reevaluated.

Please note students must be term active at ARC (enrollment within the last two semesters) by either completing the online application or the supplemental enrollment form.

To receive your course placements in English and math, submit your completed and signed Placement Re-Evaluation Petition (PREP) form and your high school transcript to the Admissions Office. Please follow the submission instructions on the cover page of this form. Be sure to submit all pages, including the cover page with the instructions, to

View and download the Instructions for Placement Re-Evaluation Petition (PREP) Form.


Nisha Beckhorn

Interim Counseling Supervisor:
Aleia Stalker



All Placement Services Are Currently Offered Online