Assessment Services at College of San Mateo - Overview
Assessment Services


Contact Us

Welcome Center/Assessment Services
College Center Building 10, Room 370
(650) 574-6175

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 Closed
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. The College uses the validated statewide model that includes predictive multiple measures. 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).

Completing your Assessment has never been easier!
For High School Seniors and Graduates:
The English & Math Assessment Form lists a variety of  assessments such as US high school GPA/coursework, 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 the CSM Welcome Center/ Assessment Services in person, by email or by fax (see form for details).

For Concurrent/Dual/Middle College Students: 
The Concurrent Enrollment English & Math Placement Form asks for current math and English coursework grades by semester for course placement. This form can be submitted to the CSM Welcome Center in person, by email or by fax (see form for details).

For English as a Second Language (ESL) there is computerize testing

To take a computerized assessment test, schedule an assessment appointment or call 650-574-6175.
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 the Prerequisites website for more information and to obtain the Prerequisite Equivalency Form.