English Assessment

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.

English assessment details

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.

Do I have to take the English assessment?

  • The English assessment is required for most students.
  • If English is not your first language, please visit ESL assessment
  • Students may not be required to take the assessment if they have: 
      • taken English 116/118/117/117A and passed with a “C” or higher,
      • completed an associate degree or higher,
      • taken the assessment at DVC or any other California Community College within the last two years,
      • completed a college level English course at another college and passed with a “C” or higher,
      • taken the English Literature or Language Advanced Placement exam and scored a "3" or higher,
      • taken the Early Assessment Program (EAP) portion of the STAR test and received “CSU ready,”
      • taken the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) and received “standard exceeded.”

Visit Do I need to take an assessment? for more information on how to qualify for the exemptions listed above.

English assessment practice questions

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. 

How do I get my assessment results?

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.

  • Go to www.dvc.edu
  • Click on INSITE (or https://m.4cd.edu)
  • Log in with your user ID and password
  • Click on Plan-Progress tile
  • Click on Assessment Scores 
  • Click on Test Summary 

View our placement chart to understand your assessment scores.

Please note: Assessment Center staff cannot give results over the phone, mail, fax, or email.

What do my assessment results mean? 

See our placement chart to understand your results. Your assessment placement result can be found in InSite

Schedule an assessment

Visit schedule an assessment to make your appointment in Pleasant Hill or San Ramon. Please review the “day of assessment” information before scheduling.

English course sequence

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.


Contact the Assessment Center

Contact

Telephone: 925-969-2132

Email: assessmentcenter@dvc.edu

Fax: 925-682-8179

Office location: SSC building, room 140 (first floor) Pleasant Hill campus map

Hours

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.

 

Contact

Telephone: 925-551-6215

Email: auawithya@dvc.edu

Fax: 925-242-0856

Office location: West Building 109 San Ramon campus map

Hours

Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Friday: Closed