Assessment Services at College of San Mateo - Overview
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Office Hours:
Monday 8 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 8 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 8 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 8 am - 12 pm
CSM Assessment Services conducts the college assessment program which includes English, Reading, ESL, and Mathematics assessment components. These assessments are intended to measure skills which research has shown to be closely related to academic success. These multiple measurements represent student strengths and capabilities. Students are advised to discuss course placement results with a counselor so that they can assist with the development of a student educational plan (SEP).
  • Prior to using an assessment tool for placement, students must Apply to CSM.
  • Assessments are offered by appointment to students who plan to or are attending CSM.
  • Photo identification is required for all assessments.
  • No fee is charged for this service.
  • Use the CSM Student ID Number (G Number) for identification.
  • Wheelchair access is available for all assessments.

Assessments for Course Placement

Option 1: English and Math Alternate Assessment Form

The College uses the validated statewide model that includes predictive multiple measures.
The English & Math Alternate Assessment Form lists alternate assessments such as US high school GPA/coursework (high school graduates only), AP, SAT, ACT and completed English and math courses from other US colleges which may be used for course placement at CSM. This form can be submitted to Assessment Services in person, by email or by fax (see form for details).

Option 2: CSM English and Math Assessment Questionnaires

CSM has a commitment to using a variety of assessments for the purpose of placement into English and math courses. As an assessment tool, we have created a questionnaire to help determine your appropriate placement. 
If you would like to use this questionnaire for placement, you must:
  • have graduated from a US high school or plan to graduate from a US high school by the end of this school year;
  • have access to your high school transcript or be able to answer specific questions about your high school transcript (i.e. GPA, courses completed, and grades received);
  • schedule an assessment appointment or call 650-574-6175. 

How to Prepare?
Preparation links for math, and for English,

Option 3: Computer Testing for English, Mathematics, and English as a Second Language (ESL)

To take a computerized assessment test, schedule an assessment appointment.

Option 4: Paper/Pencil Testing for English
Offered days and evenings by appointment in the Disability Resource Center, College Center Building 10, Room 120.

Option 5: Complete a Prerequisite Equivalency Form
*If you have already successfully completed English and/or math courses at another college or university within the United States and are planning to enroll in an English or math course or a course that has an English or math prerequisite, then your previous coursework must be approved. Visit for more information and to obtain the Prerequisite Equivalency Form.