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Placement and Assessment

All students must have placement and/or assessment scores on file before they can sign up for classes.

Placement Tool

Start with the Placement Tool. It will help you find out if you need to take the English and/or Math Placement Exam at Sierra College. Review your transcripts for course numbers and GPAs before you begin. This tool is not a replacement for meeting with a counselor.

Use the Placement Tool to see if you are required to take an assessment test.

Taking an Assessment Test

After using the Placement Tool, you may find that you need to take an assessment test before you can register for your classes.

Get assessment in the following so you can place into the right classes:

  • Reading
  • English
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Math
  • Chemistry 1A

View Assessment Hours and Testing Schedule


Many classes, like English and Math, have prerequisites that must be satisfied before registration.

If you completed college-level English, Reading, Math, or ESL at another college, you can fill out and submit the Prerequisite Clearance Form to place into your classes.

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