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Assessment Testing

English Placement


Exam vs. Prerequisite Clearance Process
Take an English Placement Test at the Testing & Assessment Center if you: Complete the Admissions & Records Prerequisite Clearance Process if you have:

Plan to enroll in a course with an English prerequisite

A college degree from an accredited U.S. college or university

Don't have any college coursework credit

Satisfied 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

Taken the English Early Assessment Placement (EAP) in high school and you have received "standard exceeded" results

How to  Clear a Prerequisite

To be cleared for a prerequisite, complete the prerequisite clearance process.

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:

Results & Retest Policy

English Course Sequence

Expiration of Assessment Results

Assessment results do not expire.  However, a student may choose to retest two (2) years from the last recorded placement test date if the student has not earned a D. F. NP, or I grade in the subject/course sequence in which they are seeking a new placement.

Retest Policy

Students cannot retest in a subject if they have earned a D, F, NP, or I grade in the subject/course sequence in which they are seeking a new placement.

After taking a placement test at either Foothill or De Anza College, students may retake the English or Math placement tests one (1) time at either Foothill or De Anza College, not both, within a six (6) month period of the initial date of placement. 


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

For English & ESL, email Paul Starer, dean of Language Arts, at

Schedule an Appointment

Assessment Testing is available by appointment only.

Download the Assessment Testing Schedule and 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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Testing & Assessment Center


Student Services Building 8200 Room 8212