The Right Place to Start

Right Place to Start

New placement process

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Research shows you are more likely to reach your educational goals with one simple idea. Start your English and/or math classes at the transfer-level. To make this easy for you, all students will be eligible to enroll in these core classes. 

For information regarding the transfer-level courses please visit the All About English/ESL and Math website.  You may also view the Math Courses by Interest Area, English Course Sequence, or ESL Course Sequence for more details.

Who needs to know this?

If you have not completed a transfer-level English and/or math class, and plan to earn an Associate Degree and/or transfer to university, this is for you!

Why is DVC making this change? 

California lawmakers are convinced you will meet your goals faster and with greater success with this one change.  California Assembly Bill 705  (AB 705) ensures all community college students have the opportunity to take transfer-level English and math classes early. 

What about the standardized (Accuplacer) placements for English, ESL, and math?

Effective fall 2019 DVC no longer offers standardized placements for English, ESL, or math.  We are now offering the Online Placement and Guided Self-Placement tools that will place you in English, ESL and math classes.  Please visit the Assessment Center website for complete information.

English is my second language.  How do I get placement?

If you will be pursuing a degree or you will be transferring to a four-year college or university, start by using the Online Placement tool (if you graduated from an accredited high school in the United States) and select English as a Second Language (ESL).  

A new online placement process has been created for those students who have graduated from a foreign high school, completed a GED, attended an unaccredited high school, attended an adult school, or graduated more than 10 years ago.  Please check the Assessment Center website for more information under the third option, guided self-placement. 

Those students who wish to improve their English should use our Guided Self-Placement for help determining the best classes to start with.  

Can I still take the Chemistry placement?

Yes, we will continue to offer the Chemistry placement at the Assessment Center (or remotely in the event of a campus shut down).  Please e-mail us at with your full name, DVC ID#, date of birth, and three possible dates and times you would like to take the assessment.  


For questions regarding these changes please contact the Assessment Center at