Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to take the assessment tests?
If you are a new student and plan to earn an Associate Degree, transfer to a four-year college, or take courses which have English/ESL or math prerequisites, you must complete the placement process.
Are there alternatives to taking the Cuesta College assessment tests?
Yes. You are not required to take the assessment tests if you have taken certain math or English courses at another college. Assessment test results are also accepted from other California Community Colleges (math results must be within 18 months). If you are out-of-area and are unable to test at another California Community College, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Do I need to make an appointment?
The English, ESL, and Math assessment tests are done on a walk-in basis.
What do I need to bring with me to the test?
- Photo ID
- 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.
- Payment if applicable (Math, English, and ESL assessments do not have any fees.)
When will I receive my assessment test scores?
Results will be sent to your Cuesta E-mail account with 2 days. Login to myCuesta. Click on your “Student” tab, and then on "Student Email is Available Here.”
How can I appeal my test results?
English: Students wishing to appeal their English placement results may do so by completing an appeal and writing sample: English Appeal form
ESL: Students wishing to appeal their placement results may do so by completing an appeal and writing sample: ESL Appeal form
Math: Students wishing to appeal their Math placement results may do so by completing Prerequisite Challenge Form B and by meeting with the Mathematics Division Chair.
Can I take the assessment tests more than once?
The Math Assessment test can be taken twice per calendar year.
The English as a Second Language test can be taken twice per calendar year.
The English Placement test can be taken once per semester.
What if I need special accommodation?
Please click on Testing Accommodations for more information.