Assessment Services at College of San Mateo - Overview
Spring 2017 Final Exams
Saturday, May 20 - Friday, May 26
Summer 2017 Fee Deadline
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Spring 2017 grades available
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Sexual Misconduct & Title IX
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Assessment Services


Monday 8 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8 am - 7 pm
Wednesday 8 am - 7 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: 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.

Option 2: 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, and ACT 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 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.