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Pictured below: Student Actvities Center.  Assessment is on the left in SAC of stairs

Assessment Process Overview

All first time college students are required to assess

before registering for classes and to maintain priority registration.

As part of the The Student Success & Support Program ("3SP") the assessment process is required of all new students and is used for course placement in math, English and English as a Second Language. The purpose is to provide you with information about your skills so that you can make informed decisions about your education plan.  Before you enroll in courses numbered 1-199, you should be eligible for ENGL 100 and READ 100.  This helps to ensure that you have the reading and writing skills needed to be successful in these classes.  Eligibility for these courses can be met through the assessment process or by successfully completing the prerequisites. 

Before assessment you are required to apply and complete the on-line orientation. The enrollment and assessment process can take two weeks or more to complete. Please be aware- we are NOT able to accelerate this process for your personal academic needs.  See Assessment Schedule for dates and times.


You do NOT need to take the Cabrillo Assessment if you provide

Admissions and Records with

official documentation of ONE of the following:

  • Once submitted, please allow ten working days for all results and transcripts to be evaluated and placement entered into your file. Please do not FAX.  Send pdf of results via email to:
  • Need to check the status of submitted documents? Please call Admissions & Records: 479-6201

1. Transcripts: Successful completion of United States college degree or previous college level English, ESL, or math courses. Send us: Official transcripts from another college or university.

2a. Placement results from another accredited college or university, including but not limited to any California Community College, CSU (ELM and EPT) and UC. Recency Policy: we do not accept assessment results from other colleges that are more than two years old.

2b. Early Assessment Program (EAP) results:

  • English:  English status: Ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level English courses (we do not  accept "conditional")
  • Math: Mathematics status: Ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level Math courses  (we do not  accept "conditional")
    • This test is offered through CA high schools to all qualifying high school juniors in conjunction with the "STAR" test. 
    • EAP results are valid for two years. (your senior year and the year following graduation)

You have TWO (2) ways to submit your scores to Cabrillo:

1. EMAIL: We will accept assessments, EAP, ELM and EPT scores via email as long as they are attached as a pdf. 

Scan and email to:

2. HARDCOPY:  Drop off or mail your assessments, EAP, ELM and EPT scores to:

Admissions and Records, attn: Evaluator: 

6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos CA 95003

In order to match your documents with your Cabrillo record, all score reports must include the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your Cabrillo Student ID #
  • Your date of birth
  • The name of high school, college or university
  • Course placement, not just a "raw score"

3. AP, IB and CLEP:

For English only:

  • Advanced placement (AP) test with scores of 3, 4, or 5 in English Language or English Literature

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 

Drop off or mail official score reports to:

Admissions and Records, attn: Evaluator: 

6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos CA 95003

Recommendation from the math department: It is strongly recommended that students re-assess if their course preparation (either prerequisite course work or assessment score) is more than two years old.


Some courses require that a student read, write or analytically compute at a certain level before enrolling in the next course. This is a required prerequisite. You can satisfy prerequisites either through an assessment process or the methods listed above. A co-requisite requires that you enroll in the co-requisite class at the same time.

The assessments officially measure your skills in English comprehension, reading and math. There is no fee, you can assess twice in a six month period with a one week waiting period between assessments.  Additional indicators or “multiple measures”of your skills and knowledge gained outside the classroom will be taken into consideration and given a numerical value in your final score. Your assessment indicates your placement level and whether you have satisfied the math, English and ESL prerequisites. If you have not "placed into" the class you hoped to, you may reassess. If you still score below your target, you must take the class indicated on the score sheet.

Prerequisite Clearance

Process to Challenge a Course Requisite

Exemption from Student Success & Support Program Services


Contact Information
Assessment Office Info
Phone: 831.479.6165
831.479.6169 FAX

Office Hours



Mon - Thus: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday: 9am - 12pm

We're in the office at these times, unless noted on the calendar. 


Location: Asessment Center, Student Activity Center West
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