Placement FAQs

Is there a charge for placement testing?

No. There is no charge for placement testing in chemistry, English, English Second Language Learner (ESLL) or mathematics for Foothill College.

There might be a charge to test for placement at another college.

Do I need to make a reservation?

Yes. Placement testing is available by appointment only.

Schedule an Appointment

To reschedule your appointment:

Email: / Phone: 650-949-7672

May I use my transcript from another college instead of attending a placement session?

Yes. Bring an official or unofficial transcript to your Counseling Appointment.

Schedule a counseling appointment online today.

Counseling Phone: 650-949-7423

May I use my test scores from another college?

Yes. Foothill accepts most California Community College placement scores.

To request a transfer of your placement score to Foothill College, please email the Placement Test Clearance form to

This process may take up to 5 business days.

What do I need to bring to the assessment session?

The following is required from each student:

1) Government issued PHOTO ID such as a driver’s license or passport

May I use a dictionary?
Dictionaries are only allowed for certain placement tests.

English Placement Test - No dictionaries allowed

English as a Second Language (ESL) Placement Test - No dictionaries allowed

Chemistry Placement Test - Paper Translation Dictionaries allowed

Math Placement Test - Paper Translation Dictionaries allowed

May I use a calculator during the math assessment session?
May I use a calculator during the Chemistry Placement Test?
Yes. The Testing & Assessment Center will provide a simple calculator for the Chemistry Placement Test.
May I take a placement test from out of the area?

Yes. If you are not in the Bay Area and plan to register for English or mathematics, please contact an assessment center or Calfornia community college near you to see if they offer proctoring services. Then contact the Foothill Testing & Assessment Center for further directions.

Phone: 650-949-7672 / Email:

To find an assessment center near you, please visit:

How do I find my placement results?

Placement results are available through the "MyPortal" registration system at

Follow these steps to get yours:

  1. Log in to MyPortal. You will need your campuswide ID and the password your created.
  2. Select the Registration tab
  3. Find My Records and select "See My Placement Test Results."

If you do not have access to the internet at home, come to the Admissions and Records Office on the main campus in the Student Services Building, Room 8100. For privacy reasons, results may not be given over the phone.

Can I retake a placement test? Yes, but only within these timelines:

After taking a placement test at Foothill College, students may retake the English, ESL, and/or Math placement tests one (1) time at Foothill College within a six (6) month period of the initial date of a placement.

However, students cannot retest in a subject if they have earned a transcriptable grade (passing, or D, F, W, NP or I) in the subject/course sequence in which they are seeking a new placement.

Before retesting, students are strongly encouraged to prepare and review for the retest. Test prep and review information can be found at:

Does Foothill offer disability accommodations for placement tests? Placement tests are available in alternate text format including Braille and large print.

To arrange for disability-related accommodation, please schedule an appointment with the Disability Resource Center before you take the test.

Foothill Disability Resource Center (DRC)
Room 5400 / Phone: 650-949-7017

New students should contact the DRC or visit DRC New Student resource page for more information.

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