English Assessment Test Format & Overview

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Required Materials:

  1. Your Foothill Student ID Number
  2. Your Photo ID (Student Card, Driver's License or Passport)


  • The test is untimed; however, on average students take one hour to complete the test.
  • No dictionaries allowed on the test.
  • Assessment testing is not required to enroll in ENGL 209.

Test Sections:

Reading Comprehension
This test is designed to measure how well you understand what you read. It contains 20 questions. Some are of the sentence relationship type in which you must choose how sentences are related. Other questions refer to reading passages of varying lengths.

Sentence Skills
Two kinds of questions are given in this test. Sentence correction questions ask you to choose a word or a phrase to substitute for an underlined portion of a sentence. Construction shift questions ask that a sentence be rewritten in a specific way without changing the meaning. A broad variety of topics are included here. You will be presented a total of 20 questions.

Optional English Honors Essay - WritePlacer
Optional essay for those students meeting the following criteria:

1) Must state an interest in the Honors Essay on the pre-test questionnaire; and

2) Must test high enough on theSentence Skills and Reading Comprehension sections to qualify for English 1A Honors.


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Assessment for Placement into the English Course Sequence:

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