- 1. What kind of testing do you do?
The testing office offers placement tests for credit level ESL and proctors exams for College of Marin classes.
- 2. How can I be assessed for another language like Spanish or Italian?
If you are looking to be assessed for a language other than English, please speak to the instructor of the class you wish to enroll in (for example, SPAN 203) and the instructor will arrange testing for you. Visit the Modern Languages Department web site for details.
- 3. What if I’ve taken a class or placement test at another school? Do I still need to take the placement test?
Starting Summer and Fall 2019 semesters, our placement process has changed and we are no longer giving the math and English placement tests. Please make an appointment to see a College of Marin counselor with your transcripts and other school’s test scores to assist with your course placement.
- 4. What do I need to do to take the test?
You will need to have a College of Marin issued student ID number and photo ID. You do not need a College of Marin ID card to test. You receive your student ID number after submitting an application to the college. (Applications can be submitted online or in person at the Admissions and Records office at either campus).
- 5. What kinds of ID do you accept?
We will accept a student ID card from College of Marin or another college, high school ID card, driver’s license (any state), passport, or any other form of ID clearly showing your name and photo. We cannot accept photographs or photocopies of IDs.
- 6. What can I do to prepare for the ESL placement test?
Please see our ESL practice test.
- 7. Where can I find my College of Marin student ID number?
Log on to your MyCOM portal. Click on the “Student” tab and then any of the links under “Registration (such as Enrollment Priority).” Your student ID number will appear alongside your name. Your student ID number may also appear on any paperwork from the college such as a schedule of classes you are enrolled in. Your student number will begin with a capital letter M followed by eight numbers, e.g., M00555555.
- 8. How long does the test take to complete?
The ESL test is timed for 45 minutes.
- 9. How soon will I see my results?
The ESL test results are available immediately after you finish the test.
- 10. What do I do after the test?
Typically, new students will make an appointment to see a counselor after completing a placement test. Please visit the Registration web page for more information.
- 11. Where do I take the test?
You can take the ESL placement tests at the College of Marin Kentfield campus. Please see our monthly schedule for our hours.
- 12. Where can I park and is there a parking fee?
Please see the parking maps of the Kentfield and Indian Valley campuses. Kentfield Campus Parking Lot 1 and Lot 6 are the closest to the Assessment & Testing Center in the Student Services Building (SS 235). Indian Valley Campus Parking Lot 2 is the closest to the testing location in Building 27. Daily parking permits cost $4 and may be purchased from dispensers in most parking lots. A daily parking permit is required for all lots except the free parking lots: Lot 13 at the Kentfield campus (Lot 13 closes at 5 pm) and Lot 6 at the Indian Valley Campus. Please visit the Parking page for more details.