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 Course Sequence or English 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 and math?

DVC will offer the English and College Level math assessments for enrollment in the summer session, but not for fall enrollment.  Accuplacer for English and math will no longer be available after July 3, 2019.

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 'Additional Options' tab.  This new option applies to classes during the fall term (not the summer session).  If you fall into one of these categories and wish to take a transfer level math or English class, please schedule an appointment to complete the Accuplacer assessment.  

Those students who wish to improve their English will continue to use the standardized (Accuplacer) placement.  You may view our assessment schedule and make an appointment for the ESL test on the Schedule an Appointment page.

Can I still take the Chemistry placement?

Yes, we will continue to offer the Chemistry placement at the Assessment Center.  Please schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.


For questions about your English or English as a Second Language (ESL) options, please contact

For questions about your math options, please contact

For questions regarding these changes please contact the Assessment Center at or 925-969-2132.