Retesting - Placement Testing Center

Retest Policy

Students may retake the English and/or math placement tests one time within a one-year period. Students must wait a minimum of three (3) weeks from their initial test date and then they may attend any regularly scheduled test session. If necessary, students may retake the English and/or math placement tests for the third and last time one year from their second retest.

College Connection students outside at Newark Center.For example: A student takes to the placement test on May 1, but is not satisfied with her math results. She may take the math test again on or after May 22. If she takes the math test again on May 22, she will not be able to take the math test for the third and last time until May 22 of the following year. If the student places lower on the retest, Ohlone College honors the higher placement.

The English Second Language (ESL) placement test can be taken once per Fall or Spring semester. Students may take the Chemistry placement once a semester but for a maximum of two (2) times.

Students with special circumstances may submit a petition to the Assessment Coordinator or Dean of Counseling to request a retest earlier than these guidelines.

The Retest Policy does not reset for every semester or academic year. All test placements are saved as part of the students’ records.

If students wish to challenge their placement, they may appeal to the appropriate Division Dean, using the Prerequisite/Corequisite Challenge Petition with attached supporting documentation. The Prerequisite/Corequisite Challenge Petition can be obtained from a counselor. Students should first retest following the Retest Policy.

Tips for Retesting

Be sure to study before taking the test again. Most students who take the test again without studying will have the same placement as their first test. Review the study guides, sample practice tests, and other helpful online resources.

For math, concentrate primarily on studying the subjects you were placed into after your first test. For example, if you were placed into Math 151 (Algebra 1) focus on studying this topic. Study and review higher level math subjects only if you had previously done very well in these subjects in high school.

For English, be sure to study and review the sample questions so you understand the type of questions asked on the Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills tests.

  • Review Tips for taking the Placement Test.

  • If you are retesting for both English and math, consider taking each test on a separate day.

    Combined, the English and math tests usually take 2 – 2.5 hours to complete. You may be able to concentrate more if you just take one test at a time. However, if you decide to do this you must tell the testing proctor before the test begins.

  • The tests are not timed, so take your time and check your work. Remember, you are not allowed to go back to previous questions to change your answer. So consider each question carefully.

    If necessary, take breaks during the test to get a drink of water or just walk around and stretch. Be sure to let the proctor know that you need to take a break.

  • Remember the placement tests are excellent assessments of your current skill levels for English and math.

    It will always benefit you to enroll in courses that will improve your basic English and math skills before going on to higher-level courses. Often times, students need to review course work that they have studied in high school.