The English assessment is required for most students. There are two sections to this assessment, reading comprehension and WritePlacer®. These assessments will place you in the most appropriate reading and writing classes for you to be successful at DVC.
Assessment type: multiple choice; essay
Assessment sections: reading comprehension; WritePlacer®
Questions: reading comprehension (20 questions) WritePlacer® (300-600 word essay, or 20 questions)
Time limit: 1.5 hours total; 40 minute time limit for essay section
Re-assessment policy: The English and ESL assessments may be taken twice during the first testing semester, with at least seven days in between assessments, and once per semester thereafter.
Visit Do I need to take an assessment? for more information on how to qualify for the exemptions listed above.
The English assessment practice questions includes ten reading comprehension sample questions, and one sample writing topic. There is also a WriterPlacer® sample essay you can review to get a better understanding of what is considered a well written essay.
You will be given a printed hard copy of your results after you complete your assessment. Your assessment placement results will be available online on InSite within 24 business hours of completing the assessment. Please allow 72 business hours if you took the assessment remotely.
View our placement chart to understand your assessment scores.
Please note: Assessment Center staff cannot give results over the phone, mail, fax, or email.
Visit schedule an assessment to make your appointment in Pleasant Hill or San Ramon. Please review the “day of assessment” information before scheduling.
Review our English Course Sequence Guide to understand what your placement means and which courses you may be required to take for your program or to transfer.
Office location: SSC building, room 140 (first floor) Pleasant Hill campus map
Monday/Wednesday/Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.