Placement Testing FAQs



What do I need to bring to my placement testing session?

The only things you need for your placement test are:

1) A photo ID (such as a driver’s license, passport, school ID card); and
2) Foothill College Student ID Number

Students must submit the Foothill College Application for Admission prior to attending a testing session.

The Testing & Assessment Center will provide you with pencils, scratch paper, earplugs, and calculcators (if allowable).

We highly encourage you to submit your official high school transcript to Admissions & Records. Your high school career can help us to place you more accurately.

Mail your transcript to: Foothill College Admissions, 12345 El Monte Rd, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 OR have your official e-transcript emailed to:

Is there a charge for placement testing?

No. There is no charge for placement testing in chemistry, English, English Second Language Learner (ESLL) or mathematics at Foothill College.

There might be a charge to test for placement at another college.

Do I need to make an appointment to take a placement test?

Yes. Placement testing is available by appointment only.

Download the Placement Testing Schedule or

Schedule an Appointment now!

May I use my transcript from another college instead of attending a placement session?

Yes. Bring an official or unofficial transcript to your Counseling Appointment and complete the Prerequisite Clearance form.

Schedule a counseling appointment online today.

Counseling Phone: 650-949-7423

May I use my test scores from another college?

Yes. Foothill may accept your Accuplacer scores from other California Community Colleges.

Complete the Accuplacer Score Transfer Form and submit to via email to

I am an online student and cannot come to Foothill, how can I take a placement test?

Make the request for an off-site proctor by completing the Out-of-Area Testing Form and email to

May I use a dictionary?

Dictionaries are only allowed for certain placement tests.

English Placement Test - No dictionaries allowed

English as a Second Language (ESL) Placement Test - No dictionaries allowed

Chemistry Placement Test - Paper Translation Dictionaries allowed

Math Placement Test - Paper Translation Dictionaries allowed

May I use a calculator during the math assessment session?

No. A calculator will be provided for you by the Accuplacer test, if you are prompted to use one.

May I use a calculator during the Chemistry Placement Test?

Yes. The Testing & Assessment Center will provide a simple calculator for the Chemistry Placement Test.

When and How do I find my placement results?

You will receive your test results at the end of your testing session.

Placement results are available through the "MyPortal" registration system at

Follow these steps to get yours:

  1. Log in to MyPortal. You will need your campuswide ID and the password your created.
  2. Select the Registration tab
  3. Find My Records and select "See My Placement Test Results."

If you do not have access to the internet at home, come to the Admissions and Records Office on the main campus in the Student Services Building, Room 8100. For privacy reasons, results may not be given over the phone.

Can I retake a placement test?

Yes, but only within these timelines:

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.

Students can retake the Chemistry Placement Test one (1) year after the date of the first exam.

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.

Before retesting, students are strongly encouraged to prepare and review for the retest. Test preparation and review information can be found at:

Does Foothill offer disability accommodations for placement tests?

Placement tests are available in alternate text format including Braille and large print.

To arrange for disability-related accommodation, please schedule an appointment with the Disability Resource Center before you take the test.

Foothill Disability Resource Center (DRC)
Room 5400 / Phone: 650-949-7017

New students should contact the DRC or visit DRC New Student resource page for more information.

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