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Location Assessment Center
Student Activity Center West
Phone 831.479.6165
Fax 831.479.6169
Office Hours Mon-Thurs: 8:30am-4:30pm
Fri: 9am-12pm
We're in the office at these times unless noted on the calendar or if we're in Watosnville.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What if I’ve already taken a math or English class at Cabrillo?

Great. Those passing grades will tell you what your next class is. However, there are other things to consider before choosing the next math class. Do you need a specific math class for your major? If you are transferring to a university in the future, that school and major might require a specific class. If this is the case, see an academic counselor to help you navigate the process.

What if I’ve already taken a math or English class at another college?

Great. Submit your official transcripts to Admissions and Records to clear math and English pre-requisites.

Cabrillo College
Admissions and Records
6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos CA 95003
attn.: Evaluator

What score do I need on my CAASPP, AP, IB or CLEP tests?

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) results, also known as The Smarter Balanced Assessment, are valid for two years. (your senior year and the year following graduation)

  • English Language/Literacy: "standard exceeded" - overall score of 2682 and above = placement into English 1A
  • Mathematics: "standard exceeded" - overall score of 2718 and above = placement into transfer level math courses

AP, IB and CLEP official score reports/transcripts (required) need to have:

For English only:
  • Advanced placement (AP) test with scores of 3, 4, or 5 in English Language or English Literature
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) test: English High Level with scores of 5, 6 or 7
For math only:
  • Advanced Placement (AP) test: Calculus AB, Calculus BC or Statistics with scores of 3, 4, or 5
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) test: Mathematics (HL) High Level with score of 5, 6 or 7
  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests: Calculus, College Algebra, College Algebra-Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry with a score of at least 50

How do I submit my documents?

In order to match all of your documents with your Cabrillo record, all documents must include the following information (you can write in this information before you send it to us):

  • Your Name
  • Your Cabrillo Student ID #
  • Your Date of Birth
  • The name of High School, College, or University of origin

Email: We accept assessment score reports and CAASPP reports via email as long as they are attached as a PDF. Scan and email them to

Hard Copy: Drop off or mail your assessment score reports and CAASPP reports to:

Cabrillo College
Admissions and Records
6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos CA 95003
attn.: Evaluator

Fax: Your assessment score reports and CAASPP reports to:

Admissions and Records, attention: Evaluator.
(831) 479-5782

Once submitted, please allow ten (10) working days for all results and transcripts to be evaluated and the placement entered into your file.

Need to check the status of submitted documents?

Once submitted, please allow ten (10) working days for all results and transcripts to be evaluated and the placement entered into your file.

Log into WebAdvisor. You can check your pre requisite clearances in your "timeline" in Student Planning. Still unsure? Please call Admissions & Records: 479-6201

I'm "bad" at math. Math is my worst subject. Shouldn't I start in a lower math course?

Not necessarily. You should start in the course that gives you a good chance of success and creates the most efficient path towards completing your math requirements and program of study or major. Take the placement test seriously, keep a positive math attitude, and great things can happen!

What if I had high grades in math during high school?

Great! Our assessment system takes your high school work into account and builds on the math classes you have successfully completed in high school. Come prepared to give accurate information regarding your high school math coursework, grades, and cumulative GPA.

Can I “challenge” the assessment instead of taking it?

No. Certain classes can be challenged, but not the assessment process.

I took the assessment test before. Can I retake it? What if I don’t like my placement, or it doesn’t seem correct?

You can reassess. The time in-between tests needs to be a week and you can reassess two times within a six (6) month period.

Would studying ahead of time help me?

YES! Take the test seriously. See the sample test page for practice tests. Come to your assessment session well-rested and eat a good meal before.

What if my high school transcripts aren’t available?

If we cannot access your high school transcript information through a system called “Cal-PASS” we will use your self-reported GPA information. As long as you have attended and completed 11th grade at a U.S. high school, your high school information will be used to calculate your course placement. We will ask you for your cumulative GPA, and the grades you received for your high school math and English courses. Come prepared with a transcript, if possible. If you have test scores from elsewhere, please submit them to

I live out of the Santa Cruz area. How do I assess?

If you are near a community college in another location, take the assessment there and bring the score. You will need to follow the enrollment process at that college in order to take their assessment.

What if I am an international student? How am I placed into math and English?

You will be placed into math and English based solely on your assessment test score.

Is the online Orientation required?

YES! Before assessing, you are required to complete Cabrillo’s online orientation and the Not Anymore Sexual Assault Prevention orientation. It will take about an hour and you need to pass the quizzes for the Cabrillo orientation to meet the requirement and also be able to move on to the assessment process. Both orientations can be accessed through WebAdvisor.

What am I required bring to the assessment session?

You are required to bring a photo ID, your Cabrillo student ID number, and proof that you have completed the online orientation. Exceptions will not be made.

Proof of orientation can either be a screenshot on your phone or a hard copy of the Completion Certificate.

What if I am anxious about testing?

Many people feel anxious about taking a test. You can relax, this is NOT an admissions test to the college — you cannot fail this test.

You can study for the test. Check the assessment website for practice tests to refresh your memory and reduce your anxiety. (You can also retake the assessment if you want to. See below for more information about reassessment policies.)

If you have received extended time or test accommodations in the past, you can also receive them here. Contact the Assessment Center for an appointment and needed information.

If you want to either feel more secure in your math skills or possibly place into a higher level course, consider Math Plus, a week-long program that strengthens your math skills and confidence.

Is there another way to improve my math skills?

Yes. We have a free, five day workshop called Math Plus scheduled conveniently before the semester starts. Join other students and prepare for your upcoming math class. Save a semester by assessing at a higher math level and learn with your friends while learning math. There is also FREE food and review materials. There are terrific tutors and amazing Instructors. For more information:

I need more time on tests. Can I get accommodations for the assessment test?

Absolutely. Contact the Assessment Office for more information (831) 479-6165.

What if I have another question?

We hope this page answers your basic questions about placing into Math, English and ESL. If you have more questions, please contact the Assessment Office at (831) 479-6165.

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