Placement Assessment

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Step 4: Placement/Assessment

Take the English and math assessment tests if you are planning to work towards an Associate Degree or transfer to a university

A. You may be exempt from taking the English/math assessment if you:

  1. Earned a score of 3 or higher on an AP exam;
  2. Achieved college-readiness in English and/or math on the Early Assessment Program (EAP) test taken in high school (applies only if you just graduated from high school); or,
  3. Have taken assessment/placement at another college or completed an English and/or math class at another college. (Assessment scores or unofficial transcripts are required).
  4. By taking the Pre-Assessment Questionnaire (PAQ) you might be exempt from testing. Please complete the PAQ questionnaire and allow 24 hours for a response. It should be noted, you may have to submit your unofficial transcripts and or test scores to be exempt from testing. If you have any questions please contact us at 661-763-7783.

B. Testing procedures:

Walk-in policy honored. No appointment is necessary.

  1. Bring a photo ID and your Student ID (A00______).
  2. No calculators are allowed.
  3. Allow 1-3 hours for testing.


Visit the Testing Center for more information.

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Testing & Placement Schedule

The following steps will help you complete the on campus Orientation and Placement Process:

  1. Complete the online Taft College application.
  2. Obtain your Taft College “A” number. You will need your “A” number to take a placement or academic exam.
  3. Please go to CollegeBoard to practice the English and Math assessment.
  4. A photo ID and A number are required to take the placement exam. Please bring a valid picture ID.
  5. After completing Orientation and Placement testing, call the Counseling Center to schedule a counseling/advising appointment 661‐763‐7748.

The following categories of students are exempt from participation in orientation, placement, advising, and follow‐up components of the matriculation program.

A. Students who have completed 60 or more units or who have graduated from an accredited U.S. college or university with an associate degree or higher.

B. Students who plan to enroll in five units or fewer and who have declared one of the following goals:

  •  Advance in current career/job
  •  Maintain certificates/license
  •  Personal/educational development
  •  Complete credits for high school diploma

C. Students who are enrolled full time at another institution (high school or college) and will be taking five units or fewer (Excluding English and Math courses).

D. Students who have previously been assessed (within the last two years) and have written verification of scores from an assessment instrument off the Chancellor’s approved list of instruments. (Exempt from placement testing only).

E. Students transferring from another regionally accredited post-secondary institution with credit for degree‐level English and/or mathematics. (Exempt from placement testing only).

The college will make reasonable efforts to ensure that all exempt students are provided the opportunity to participate in the various components of matriculation. Exempt students are not required to participate in the matriculation process but are encouraged to see a counselor at any time.