English Placement

English Placement Testing Eligibility

Accuplacer Test Score Transfer

English Test Prep

Results & Retest Policy

Schedule an Appointment


English Placement Test Eligibility

Placement Test VS. Prerequisite Clearance Process

You should take an English Placement Test at the Testing & Assessment Center if you: You should complete the Admissions & Records Prerequisite Clearance Process if you have:
  • A college degree from an accredited U.S. college or university
  • Don't have any college coursework credit
  • Satified the prerequisite for English 1A (freshman level English) or higher at another U.S. college or university
  • Taken and earned a score of '3' or higher on the following AP courses in high school:
    • AP English - Language & Composition
    • AP English - Literature & Composition

Prerequisite Clearance Process:

To be cleared for a prerequisite, please complete a prerequisite clearance form and submit the form to Admissions & Records.

Unsure about your Foothill Placement Testing History?

If you have already taken an English placement test at Foothill College, your placement will be vaild for 365 days.

  • Valid scores will be posted on your Student Tab of MyPortal.

English Accuplacer Score Transfer

  • Foothill only accepts the raw scores of the Accuplacer Reading Composition and Sentence Skills test.
  • Foothill does not accept placement test scores from CSUs or UCs.
  • To transfer your Accuplacer Test Scores, please complete the Transfer of Scores process.

English Test Prep

Before scheduling an appointment:

  • You must complete and submit the Foothill College Application for Admission
  • Review English Placement Prep Resources
  • Become familar with the computerized placement testing for English
  • You will find pencils, scratch paper and ear plugs inside the testing lab
  • Tests are untimed, but in general students take about an hour to complete
  • On the day of your testing appointment, just bring your photo ID and Foothill student ID number

Results & Retest Policy

English Course Sequence

Expiration of Assessment Results

Assessment results are valid for one (1) year for the date that the score was earned.

Retest Policy

After taking a placement test at Foothill College, students may retake the English, ESL, and/or Math placement tests one (1) time at Foothill College within a six (6) month period of the initial date of a placement; however, students cannot retest in a subject if they have earned a transcriptable grade (passing, or D, F, W, NP or I) in the subject/course sequence in which they are seeking a new placement.


Challenges to placements should be directed to the appropriate Division Office.

English & ESL: Language Arts Coordinator Valerie Fong

Foothill College Placement Testing Retest Policy - Updated July 1, 2015

Schedule an Appointment

Placement Testing is available by appointment only.

Download the Placement Testing Schedule or Schedule an Appointment now!

All you need to bring to your appointment is 1) a photo ID and 2) your Foothill student ID number. Everything else (pencils, calculators, etc.) is provided for you.

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