Students are required to take an English Assessment or complete the placement process prior to enrolling in classes with English prerequisites. The English Assessment can be taken once per semester. There are no fees involved in taking the English Assessment.

Testing Calendar (Times shown are walk-in hours)

 Testing Calendar 

Other Placement Options

The Test
Cuesta College uses a computerized test called Accuplacer to administer the English assessment. The test consists of two sections: Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills. The test is not timed, so you can take as long as you need. Most students will complete the test within one hour. If you are also taking the math assessment, allow for approximately two hours.

View Sample Questions

Submit a final official (sealed) copy of your high school transcript:
Cuesta College Records Office
P.O. Box 8106
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-8106

Come Prepared

  • Bring a photo ID
  • Provide your Cuesta ID number
  • A daily parking permit ($2) is required at the San Luis Obispo and North County Campuses during the Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions.

How can I prepare for the test?

Appeal Process
Students wishing to appeal their English placement results may do so by completing an appeal form and writing sample. The appeal form is to be brought to an assessment testing time. A writing sample will be completed during regular testing hours. The appeal form and writing sample will be reviewed by the English Division Chair. Please be prepared to spend approximately one hour when completing the writing sample.
Click here for the English appeal

View the English retesting policy

I Took my Placement Tests, What Now? (PDF)