Placement Center

Orientation is mandatory for all new students planning to enroll in Fall or Spring semesters, except concurrently enrolled K-12 students and those who hold an Associate’s Degree or higher. (Orientation is not required for Summer session enrollment.)

What is placement?

Placement is the process Ohlone College uses to determine the appropriate English, Math, and English as Second Language (ESL) level for a student to start in their first college semester. All students planning to earn a degree, take English, Math or ESL classes, or waive class prerequisites need to complete the placement process.

Ohlone College uses the following approaches to place students into our English, ESL, and Math sequences.

For English and Math, students will be placed into the highest possible courses utilizing any of the following criteria:

  • Completed course work at a regionally accredited college or university
  • For students who graduated from high school in the last 5 years, high school GPA and completed coursework is reviewed
  • Early Assessment Program (EAP) / Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), OR a combination of EAP/SBAC and Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) grades
  • Advanced Placement (AP) tests
  • Computerized assessments in English and Math (Accuplacer) at Ohlone or from other California Community Colleges.

For English as Second Language (ESL), students are placed through a computerized assessment and an essay on an assigned topic.