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Placement Assessment  Schedule

Assessment Test Sign-Up



Seats are limited. If you are unable to attend the test, you must cancel online in advance before you will be permitted to sign up for another test date.


Study before the test. Advance preparation could result in a higher score on your test, and fewer levels of Math and English to complete.

See below under "Study Aids" for links to sample tests. We recommend that you take a practice test to refresh your skills before the day of your assessment appointment.

3. Check-in at least 15 minutes before the scheduled test time. To avoid disrupting the test, doors will be locked and late arrivals will not be permitted to enter and will need to reschedule online.
4. Parking permits are required at the Main campus in Gilroy Monday - Thursday 7:00 am -10:00 pm and Friday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm. Permit vending machines are located in each parking lot and cost $2.00. Machine accepts bills and credit/debit cards.
5. Parking is free at the Hollister and Morgan Hill sites.      
6. View the campus map for directions to the test site.
Study Aids
  Accuplacer Practice Questions
  Khan Academy
Reassessment Policy

If needed, students who take the Gavilan assessment may reassess 1 time only within 15 to 90 days of the original test date. Test results are valid for 2 years from the last assessment taken. Additional re-tests are only available under extenuating circumstances outlined in a formal petition request signed by a Gavilan counselor. It is recommended that students review the sample questions on the Accuplacer site before taking the test for the first time.


Assessment Instructions

1. Submit an Application for Admission to Gavilan College online.  Processing time is approximately 2 business days.  (Instructions for logging in to MyGav are on our website
2. Once you have a Gavilan ID number, you may click on "Assessment Test Sign-Up" and fill out the online registration form--include a valid email address to receive confirmation of your reservation.  (Students are required to reserve a seat for the assessment.)
3. On the day of the assessment, students must check in 15 minutes BEFORE the scheduled test time.  To avoid disrupting the test, students who arrive late WILL BE turned away and will be required to reschedule.
4. Bring your Gavilan ID number and a Photo ID.  (Valid photo ID includes California Driver's License or Identification Card, Military ID, Passport, or current Student Body Card).
5. Accuplacer is a computerized, untimed assessment tool. Generally, it takes students between 1.5 to 2.5 hours to complete the entire test.
6. Take the assessment.  You will receive a printout with your scores after you finish the test.
7. You may also access your scores when you log into myGav, click on Student tab and look for Assessment Scores link.  Scores will not be given out over the phone or via email.
NOTE:  Calculators and/or dictionaries of any kind, cell phones, watches, pagers or any other wireless devices are not allowed in the testing room. 
General Assessment Test Schedule

NOTE: Fall semester begins Monday, August 31, 2015. All assessment testing for 16 week classes will end on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Testing will resume on Sept. 14 for short term/late start classes etc.

The test schedule is updated weekly. Therefore, some test dates listed below may be "Full/Closed" even though their status has not been updated yet. When you click on the "Assessment Test Sign-up" link above and log in, you may select from the list of available test sessions.

Sept 1 Tuesday FULL/CLOSED 6:00pm Gilroy LI 171
Sept 2 Wednesday FULL/CLOSED 10:00am Morgan Hill RM 5
Sept 3 Thursday FULL/CLOSED 9:00am Gilroy MP 100
Sept 15 Tuesday Assessment 9:00am Gilroy MP100
Sept 16 Wednesday Assessment 10:30am Hollister RM 3
Sept 17 Thursday Assessment 1:00pm Gilroy MP100
Sept 23 Wednesday Assessment 9:00am Gilroy MP100
Sept 24 Thursday Assessment 6:00pm Gilroy LI171
Sept 29 Tuesday Assessment 1:00pm Gilroy MP100
You must check in 15 minutes before the scheduled test time. The assessment is not timed. Generally, it takes students 1.5 to 2.5 hours to complete the assessment.

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Ability To Benefit Schedule  (ATB)

Federal regulations require students  who do not have a high school diploma, General Educational Development (GED) certificate or California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) and who are applying for financial aid, to take an Ability to Benefit assessment.  If  you have a high school diploma (or equivalent) from another country you are exempt. 

Call or come by the Financial Aid Office 408-848-4727 (SC124) to sign up for a session.  Times and locations are subject to change and additional times may be added. Students taking the Ability to Benefit test must valid picture ID, Gavilan ID number, a copy of their class schedule and the yellow referral slip from the Financial Aid Office to be admitted to the testing room.

Confirm time and location with the Assessment Center in MP-100, 408-846-4992 prior to testing date.


High School Testing Sessions

The following dates and times have been scheduled for your high school.  Contact the Counseling Department or Career Center at your high school to schedule an appointment.  You are required to submit a Gavilan Admission Application at least 8 business days before the test.   Bring your Gavilan ID number and a photo ID with you to the test date at your high school location.    See your counselor for more details.

Reminder - ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE BOTH ENGLISH & MATH ASSESSMENTS if desired class has a prerequisite.  To register for a class, please remember to complete a high school contract and have it signed by your high school counselor, principal and parent/guardian.  Bring your completed high school contract to Gavilan College to register for your class(es). High school students must register in person. Online registration is not available.

Anzar High School May 18, 2015 8:30am Gavilan College MP 100
Central HS May 19, 2015 10:30am & 12:50pm 2 Test Sessions CANCELLED
Christopher HS January 27, 2015 8:00am (Students with IEP/504)
Christopher HS March 24, 2015 12:45pm (Seniors) 3 Test Sessions
Christopher HS March 25, 2015 3:00pm 2 Test Sessions CANCELLED
Christopher HS April 22, 2015 3:00pm 2 Test Sessions
Gilroy HS January 29, 2015 8:00am (Students with IEP/504)
Gilroy HS March 9, 2015 12:45pm
Gilroy HS March 23, 2015 12:45pm
Gilroy HS April 20, 2015 12:45pm
Gilroy HS May 12, 2015 12:45pm
Live Oak HS April 14, 2015 3:15pm
Live Oak HS April 30, 2015 9:15am
Live Oak HS May 5, 2015 8:30am (Students with IEP/504)
Monte Vista Christian April 1, 2015 at Gavilan College 9:00am MP 100
Mt. Madonna HS February 25, 2015 9:30am
Odyssey HS  
Pacific Point High School May 12, 2015 1:00pm Gavilan College MP 100
San Andreas HS/Pinnacle April 23, 2015 at Hollister/Briggs 2:00pm Room 3
San Benito HS January 28, 2015 9:00am (Students with IEP/504)
San Benito HS March 4, 2015 9:00am
San Benito HS March 27, 2015 9:00am
San Benito HS April 14, 2015 9:00am
San Benito HS May 1, 2015 9:00am
Sobrato HS May 13, 2015 11:30am (Students with IEP/504)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Who can sign up for the Assessment test?

A:   Any student who has completed an application for admission and been issued a Gavilan ID number.

Q:  What do I need to bring to the test with me?

A:  Your Gavilan ID number and a Photo ID.  

Q:  What time should I arrive to take the test?

A:  You must check in 15 minutes BEFORE the scheduled test time.  If you arrive late, you will not be permitted to take the test at that time to avoid disrupting the test.

Q:  How do I get my scores from the test?

A:  You will receive your scores at the end of the test. Later, you can log into myGav, select the STUDENT tab and look for link to Assessment Scores.

Exemptions From Matriculation Requirements,
Placement Assessment And Orientation

All new, first time college students are required to complete Orientation and Assessment. This will enable students to qualify for priority enrollment.

Proctoring Services

The Assessment Office has temporarily stopped providing proctoring services for non-Gavilan purposes. Check back later for more details.


Parking Information

Parking permits are required at the Main campus in Gilroy:

Monday - Thursday 7:00 am -11:00 pm and Friday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Permits are available from coin-operated machines located in each parking lot.  

There is no charge for parking at the Hollister or Morgan Hill sites.                         


For information: Contact or
Gavilan College Assessment Office (408) 846-4992 or the Admissions Office: (408) 848-4754

Last modified: September 1, 2015
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