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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What kind of testing do you do?
  2. How can I be assessed for another language like Spanish or Italian?
  3. What if I’ve taken a class or placement test at another school?
  4. What do I need to do to take the test?
  5. What kinds of ID do you accept?
  6. What can I do to prepare for the test?
  7. Where can I find my College of Marin student ID number?
  8. How long does the test take to complete?
  9. How soon will I see my results?
  10. What do I do after the test?

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1. What kind of testing do you do?
The testing office primarily tests for English and math, but also tests for one level of chemistry (CHEM 131) and credit ESL.
2. How can I be assessed for another language like Spanish or Italian?
If you are looking to be assessed for a language other than English, please speak to the instructor of the class you wish to enroll in (for example, SPAN 203) and the instructor will arrange testing for you.
3. What if I’ve taken a class or placement test at another school?
If you have records from another school you will need to fill out a Prerequisite Equivalency Form and submit it to the Admissions and Records office along with any necessary documentation. Forms may be found on the Admissions and Records web site.
4. What do I need to do to take the test?
You will need to have a College of Marin issued student ID number and photo ID. You receive your student ID number after submitting an application to the college. (Applications can be submitted online or in person at the Admissions and Records office at either campus).
5. What kinds of ID do you accept?
We will accept a student ID card from College of Marin or another college, high school ID card, driver’s license (any state), passport, or any other form of ID clearly showing your name and photo.

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6. What can I do to prepare for the test?
Please refer to the study materials.
7. Where can I find my College of Marin student ID number?
Log in to MyCOM/Student Portal. Click on the “Student” tab and then below that “Registration Status.” Your student ID number will appear alongside your name. Your student ID number may also appear on any paperwork from the college such as a schedule of classes you are enrolled in.
8. How long does the test take to complete?
There is not a set time length to the English and math tests, however, testing appointments are arranged for 3-hour periods. Students taking English and math simultaneously often fall within a 1- to 2-hour range, and less time for only one test. Very rarely will a student need 3 hours to complete the test. The chemistry test is 1-hour long. The credit ESL test is 1½ hours long.
9. How soon will I see my results?
In most cases we will have your test results immediately after you finish the test. Rarely, we will have to wait until the next day for results. Credit ESL test results may not be immediately available if the test is not taken as part of a credit ESL workshop.
10. What do I do after the test?
Typically, new students will schedule an appointment for a Student Success Orientation and see a counselor after completing a placement test. Please visit the Apply and Register web page for more information.

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Assessment and Testing Web Site
Technical Contact: Patrick Garretson, Testing Technician, 415.485.9469
Content Responsible: Dee Fraites, Testing Center Coordinator, 415.485.9498