Placement Services at Cabrillo College


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Take time now, save time later. Start in the right English and math classes from the beginning.

Good news! Thanks to AB 705, all students are eligible to take degree applicable, transfer level English, English as a Second Language (ESL) and mathematics courses right away. This will save you time and money. Assessment tests are NOT used for placement and you are not required to take any course below transfer level. Read on to find out more!

Why is starting at transfer level important?

Studies show that starting just one level below transfer level can lengthen the time it takes you to reach your academic goal by at least one semester, sometimes more and increases the likelihood that you will not complete. We want you to have a successful academic journey and we don't want you to take more classes than you need. Starting at transfer level gives you the best opportunity to complete a certificate, an AA/AS degree or transfer to a university in the shortest time possible.

Take time now to learn about your options before deciding which courses to take. It will save you time later.

During the placement process, you'll see that Cabrillo offers two formats of transfer level English, ESL and many math courses:

  1. Main Course plus corequisite support in the classroom with more time to help you complete assignments with ease and confidence and help you reach your full potential.

  2. Main Course with support outside the classroom when you feel you need it.

Get what you need, when you need it. We will offer recommendations and then you decide the best format for you based on your major, your learning style and the preparation you feel you need to succeed. Making the best choice for you will help earn the grades needed to be competitive for programs like Nursing and for transfer to university.

In brief

Top questions answered

Any student who:

  • is working toward a certificate, degree or transfer to university

  • needs to complete English, Math or English as a Second Language courses to meet degree requirements

  • wants to earn an earlier registration date

ProTip: by completing orientation, placement and starting an education plan, you will earn an earlier registration date for future terms.

Any student who is:

  • taking a course for personal or professional enrichment

  • not working toward a certificate, degree, or transfer to a university

  • not concerned with earning an earlier registration date

Using Multiple Measures, the College uses Guided Placement to help you decide which math, English, or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are best for you to meet your needs. The College does not use assessment tests for placement; California Law, Assembly Bill 705, enables all students to take transfer level English, ESL and most Math classes right away, which reduces the time and money you'll spend to achieve your goals. With this in mind, Placement Services will provide you with course information so that you can make the best choices to meet your academic goals.

On this Placement eForm we ask you a few questions about courses completed and your GPA. This multiple measures information is used to create specific course format recommendations designed for your success. These recommendations will help you to make your choice. You will NOT be blocked from taking English 1A, or ESL 1A, Math 1, 4, 10, 12, 13, 15, 18, Psychology 2a or Business 9. In order to receive the most accurate recommendations it is in your best interest that this information be accurate. Again, remember, these are only recommendations, you always have the choice.

As defined by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office: Multiple measures means that colleges incorporate two or more criteria for assessment and placement.

Examples of Multiple Measures include but are not limited to:

  • High school or college transcripts

  • High school cumulative GPA

  • Highest level of coursework completed in a subject area and corresponding course grade

Complete the Student Placement Guide to review your Multiple Measures placement recommendation.

View Placement Information and Recommendations on your archived Placement eForm and in Self-Service Placement Information.

View these slides for a complete overview of the different flavors of English, ESL and math and then select courses that suit your learning needs and educational goals. For even more information:

Great! You'll indicate that on the Placement eForm, this will clear the placement requirement to earn an earlier registration date. Your next step will be to submit your transcripts to Admissions & Records to clear prerequisites and see where your completed courses will fit into your current plan. Then, make an appointment with an Academic Counselor to complete the course integration process. Unofficial is fine to start.

Two (2) Ways to submit documents:

  1. Via email:

  2. Via regular mail:

Cabrillo College, Admissions & Records

6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos CA 95003

attention: Evaluator

What's Next?
Complete Placement

Learn more about your options for English, ESL and math