Students taking computer placement tests

Placement and Assessment Services

Located in the Welcome and Support Center Building Achieve Center

Effective February 1, 2019, standardized assessment tests will no longer be administered for placement into English and math classes. ESL tests will still be offered.

Know Your Rights: The AB 705 Initiative and What it Means for Students:

AB 705 Background Information

More than a year ago, California law (Assembly Bill 705) essentially eliminated the use of assessment tests for purposes of determining the placement of students into transfer-level math and English courses in community colleges. Research shows that California students are far more prepared than assessment tests have acknowledged. A student's high school performance is a much stronger predictor of success in transfer-level courses than standardized placement tests. AB 705 requires colleges to take into account high school coursework, high school grades, and high school grade point average when determining math and English placement upon enrollment. For more information, please watch the video below,  Know Your Rights: The AB 705 Initiative and What it Means for Students:

With the newly enacted Assembly Bill 705, there are two pathways for course placement

  1. Students who graduated from a United States high school in the last 10 years will receive English and math placements using high school records instead of standardized assessment tests. For more information, see Placement for Recent High School graduates below.
  2. Students who graduated more than 10 years ago, students who have foreign transcripts, and students who left high school without graduating will use a guided self-placement tool to choose the course(s) most suitable for them. For more information, see Non-GPA Guided Self-Placement below.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Remote Assessment

English as a Second Language (ESL) Remote Assessment

  • Are you a NEW ESL student? 
  • Will this be your first semester taking ESL classes?


ESL Placement is for initial course placement only. Any student who has started the course sequence will be referred to the ARC Humanities Division and the ESL Department to fill out a Prerequisite Challenge Form. 

Due to COVID-19, ESL placement is done remotely and students who are interested in taking the ESL Remote Assessment must be term active at ARC for the current semester or the upcoming semester. To be term active, students must either complete the online application or supplemental enrollment form. 

ESL Assessment is now offered online through the Zoom conferencing application. ESL faculty and tutors along with Placement and Assessment Services staff are available to help students complete the ESL placement for Summer and Fall 2020! 

ESL Remote Assessment Information

  • The ESL Remote Assessment is composed of THREE parts: 

    • PART 1 - General and Educational Background Questions  
    • PART 2 - Reading and Writing Samples
    • PART 3 - A Placement Essay

For a general overview of the assessment, please look at Information about ESL Remote Assessment 

  • Assessment Method and Time: Online Zoom Session led by ESL Faculty. Allow up to 2 hours.

    • Students will receive an email confirmation with a Zoom link to join their assessment session once they schedule an online appointment.
    • Students should plan to arrive in their Zoom assessment session 5-10 minutes before their scheduled time. If students arrive late, they will have to reschedule.

                  Watch the videos below to learn about how to use Zoom:

  • Results:
    • ESL Remote Assessment results will be emailed to the students’ ARC email address within 3-4 business days. Learn how to access your ARC email.
    • Results will also be available in the students’ ARC eServices account in one additional day.
  • Reassess: A student may reassess one time, district-wide, after a 30-calendar-day waiting period. 

Students should… 

  • have access to a computer with reliable Internet (tablet or phone are allowed, but it will be harder to complete the assessment).
  • be in a quiet place.
  • be available for up to 2 hours to complete the assessment process.

Students who have a verified disability and need accommodations should contact DSPS at (916) 484-8382 BEFORE they make an appointment for Remote ESL Assessment.  Note:  If students have an accommodation on file and choose to assess without accommodations, they may not be given an extra assessment attempt with accommodations within a timely manner.

Getting Started

What to Bring

  • Students must complete the online college application process and obtain a student ID number before testing/placement.
  • A valid photo ID (school or government issued)
    • Driver's License
    • A high school ID card
    • College ID card
    • State or Federal ID card
    • Passport
    • Tribal ID card
    • A naturalization card or Certificate of Citizenship
  • Completed Student Informed Testing Request form (please print and fill out)

Placement Re-Evaluation

ARC is changing its method for placing students in the English and Mathematics course sequences to use more high school record information. The following students may want to have their English and / or math placements reevaluated.

  • A student who completed the college application who did not answer all the questions related to high school information or who answered those questions inaccurately.
  • A student who graduated from a U.S. high school within the last ten years.

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 (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.

View and download the PREP form (PDF document)

Understanding Your Placement

Understanding Your Placement

You can find your placement results for English writing, math, or English as a second language (ESL) in your eServices – click Academic Records, then Placements.

For students enrolling in English writing and math, placements may be based on a review of your academic record or on a Guided Self-Placement.

For ESL students, placements will be based on assessment tests completed at the college. Please see messages below from ARC academic departments concerning your placements.

Math Placement Information

Finalize Your Placement in Math

If you have an AP Test result for Calculus or Statistics, a CLEP Test result, an IB Test result, an EAP Test result of 3 or higher with high school transcripts if applicable, or a college transcript from outside Los Rios showing that you passed a math or statistics class, please bring it to the Admissions office in the Administration building.

If you don’t have any of the above, your placement will be based on either any relevant high school records we have on file or a Guided Self-Placement tool.

First Time (new) College students: Sign up for Get Connected (orientations) by visiting Achieve at ARC.

View and download the PDF document of the Math Flow Charts

English Writing Placement Information

Your placement will be based on either any relevant high school records we have on file or a Guided Self-Placement tool. If we do not have your high school records on file, in some cases, you may also provide unofficial transcripts of high school records for evaluation. Please see information concerning our Placement Re-Evaluation Petition (PREP) process.

English Writing
Click the "Course Placement" below that matches your placement in eServices for detailed information.
Level Name Course Placement
College Writing ENGWR 94 with ENGWR 300 Corequisite
College Composition ENGWR 300, 480

Placement Process

How to Get Your Placement Results

Your English, math, and ESL placements are available online through your eServices Account. Here's how

  • From your eServices dashboard, click Academic Records.

  • Click Placements.

Placements printed from eServices can be used for verification of course eligibility at all Los Rios Colleges. You can also pick up your placements in person at Placement and Assessment Services in the Welcome and Support Center. A valid photo ID is required.

ESL placement results are available in Placement and Assessment Services in three working days. Please allow another day (total of four business days) for ESL placements to be available on eServices.

If you have questions, then visit the Placement and Assessment Services in the Welcome and Support Center or call (916) 484-8423.

Placement for Recent High School Graduates

For Students who have graduated from a US high school 10 years ago or less

If you have been placed in an English and/or math class based on your GPA submitted on your application, your placement is listed in your eServices account. See How to Get Your Placement Results above.

If you see your placement, and you believe the high school information you submitted is not accurate, please see the information concerning our Placement Re-Evaluation Petition process above.

If English is not your first language and you would prefer to take English as a Second Language courses, please visit American River College Placement and Assessment Services to take the ESL Assessment Test. For testing times, see the Testing Calendar.

If you don’t see your English and/or math placement in your eServices account, choose from the following:

  • Students planning to return after an absence should submit a new application, wait one day, and check their eServices account for a placement.
  • Currently enrolled ARC students should submit a Placement Re-Evaluation Petition (PREP) to Placement Services.

Non-GPA Guided Self-Placement

Available for the Following:

  • Students who graduated from high school more than 10 years ago
  • Students who have foreign transcripts 
  • Students who left high school without graduating

You have the opportunity to be placed into an English and math course based upon your experience through a new Guided Self-placement process. This process will help you identify the course(s) most appropriate for you based on a series of easy questions about yourself and your academic goals.   

If you are eligible, please check your Los Rios Gmail account for an email called "How to Get Your English and Math Course Placements", containing a link to Guided Self-Placement. If you have not received that email, you can call Placement Services at (916) 484-8423 to request the link.

If English is not your first language and you would prefer to take English as a Second Language courses, please look for the information on this page for English as a Second Language (ESL) Remote Assessment.   For ESL Remote Assessment times, click on the ESL Remote Assessment Calendar button on this page.

Note: If you take the Guided Self-Placement, but are not eligible, your results will not transfer to your eServices account. If you have graduated from a U.S. high school within the last 10 years, please see Placement for Recent High School Graduates on this page.

Chemistry Test

The Chemistry test is recommended for students wishing to enroll in Chemistry 400, General Chemistry. This exam is now administered by the Chemistry Department.

Please contact the Chemistry Department for more information.  

Other Placements

The Learning and Study Strategies Inventory, LASSI, is used to assess students' awareness of their use of learning and study strategies.

  • Test Method and Time: Administered on the computer and is not timed. Allow approximately 30 minutes.

Graduation Competency Testing

Graduation Competency Testing

The Math Graduation Competency is administered to students who are applying for an AA/AS Degree and have been referred to Placement and Assessment Services by their counselor. This competency requirement may be satisfied by completing specific courses as listed in the graduation requirements section of the ARC catalog or by passing the competency examination. Students should consult with their counselor to determine whether an examination is required.

Math Competency - Elementary Algebra

The test is composed of 35 elementary algebra items.

In order to test for Math Graduation Competency, students must submit a Mathematics Competency Approval Form signed by their counselor for every test and retest.

  • Test Method and Time: Administered using paper/pencil, is timed, and is 30 minutes in length. Allow approximately 1 hour.
    • No calculators are permitted.
  • Sample Test:
  • Retest: A maximum of four attempts within a two-year period (2 times per semester, once in summer, 30 days between attempts) is permitted.
  • Testing Session: Arrive no later than the time listed for check-in.

Math Competency - Intermediate Algebra

The test is composed of 20 intermediate algebra items.

In order to test for Math Graduation Competency, students must  submit a  Mathematics Competency Approval Form signed by their counselor  for every test and  retest.

  • Test Method and Time: Administered using paper/pencil, is timed, and is 60 minutes in length. Allow approximately 1 ½ hours.
    • No calculators are permitted.
  • Sample Test:
  • Retest: A maximum of  four attempts within a two-year period (2 times per semester, once in summer, 30 days between attempts) is permitted.
  • Testing Session: Arrive no later than the time listed for check-in.

Test Proctoring Services

Proctoring

    Important Announcement:

    Effective immediately, Placement and Assessment Services will no longer proctor exams for outside institutions. If you have already scheduled an exam, we will honor that appointment. We will not be able to re-schedule any existing appointments. If you would like to cancel an appointment, please contact us at  ARCtestingservices@arc.losrios.edu.

    Referrals:

    Below are other local testing agencies:

    ESL Remote Assessment Calendar

    Natomas Placement and Assessment Services

    schedule and detailed information.

    Visit Natomas Center

    About Placement

    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 your academic record or on a Guided Self-Placement. For ESL students, placements will be based on placement tests completed at the college.

    For testing times please check the testing calendar.

    There are no fees for students who are taking the Los Rios Placement and/or Graduation Competency tests.

    Students needing special accommodations for testing should call the DSP&S office at (916) 484-8382.