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Assessment Center

Welcome to the Assessment Center! The Assessment Center provides a variety of testing services. All first-time college students and those who plan to register/enroll in English writing, English reading, ESL (English as a Second Language), or math courses receive placement results based on assessment tests completed at the college, or their high school academic records, and in some cases both assessment tests and academic records. Placement results are used by academic counselors to determine readiness for specific courses and programs. The Chemistry test is required for students who wish to enroll in Chemistry 400. Competency testing for the AA/AS Degree is also available through the Assessment Center. For students who are required to complete assessment tests, there are no fees for testing. Most placement results are available immediately after the test and can also be found in the student's ARC eServices portal account under "Steps to Success" within 24 hours. ESL test results are available in the Assessment Center within 3 working days and in the student's ARC eServices portal account in one additional day.

Red Dot Icon Students must complete the online college application process and have a student ID number prior to testing/assessment.

Red Dot Icon A valid photo ID (school or government issued) is required for testing.

Red Dot Icon Testing is on a walk-in basis. No appointments are necessary. Please see the Testing Calendar for testing dates and times.

Red Dot Icon  Please complete this form, print it out and bring it to your testing session: Student Informed Testing Request.

Red Dot Icon If you would like to test at the Natomas Center, please refer to the Natomas Center website for their schedule and detailed information.

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

Placement Re-evaluation: American River College (ARC) is changing its method for placing students in the English and mathematics course sequences to use more high school record information. If you started at ARC before we had a process for collecting and using high school record information in your placement in English and/or mathematics, you have the option of having your placement re-evaluated. To be eligible you must have graduated, (or will graduate this year) from a U.S. high school within the last seven (7) years, provide a copy of your unofficial high school transcript, and complete the short Placement Re-Evaluation Petition (PREP). This form is available for download by clicking the following link: Placement Re-evaluation Petition (PREP)NOTE: The form must be signed and submitted to the Assessment Center, 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.

Understanding Your Placement


Sonia Ortiz-Mercado


Jerome Lahey


Clint Allison

Office Location:

Student Services Building


Fall, Spring and Summer Semester, including the first week of the Fall and Spring Semester:
M - Th: 8 am - 7 pm

F: 8 am - 5 pm

Check the Testing Calendar for special Saturday hours.

College Vacation Periods and Semester Break:
M - F: 8 am - 5 pm

Note: Testing times vary from office hours. (See the Testing Calendar.)

Students may drop in for testing any time between the  first hour listed and the last seating time.


(916) 484-8423


(916) 484-8425



Assessment Lab