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Mission College Sample Tests

You can download or view the following sample tests by clicking on the links below.

ESL (English as a Second Language) Placement Test

 The CELSA ESL (English as a Second Language) Placement Test is a two part test, and it will place you into your ESL courses. It consists of a 45-minute timed computer portion with 75 multiple choice items and a 30-minute timed writing sample on a specific topic. Students should reserve two hours to complete this test.

It takes approximately five (5) business days to get your results back, because the essay portion of the test needs to be evaluated by the ESL Department.

English Placement Test - Currently not being offered

The CTEP English PlacementTest is a three part test. It consists of a 30-minute Reading Comprehension portion (35 questions), a 20-minute Sentence Structure and Grammar portion (30 questions), and a 15-minute Sentence and Syntax Skills portion (40 questions). Your English course placement is a combination of these scores. Students should reserve 2 hours to complete this test.

The  CTEP Reading Comprehension portion will also place you into your reading course. A high score on this assessment can also be used to fulfill your reading requirement for graduation.

Math Placement Tests - Currently not being offered

The MDTP Math Placement Tests are multiple-choice tests that evaluate students' ability levels. You will first need to choose which of the four math tests is most appropriate for you.

Choose to take the highest numbered test you feel comfortable with based on your math background and current skills. Click on the links below for a short quiz on each test level.

  • Starting Point 1: For students who have not yet completed high school algebra or need review. (50 questions)
  • Starting Point 2: For students who have completed one year of high school algebra or higher. (50 questions)
  • Starting Point 3: For students who have completed intermediate algebra. (45 questions)
  • Starting Point 4: For students who have completed one year of high school pre-calculus and trigonometry or higher. (60 questions)

Each test is designed for placement into different levels of math. It is important to make a careful decision about which math test you take. If you choose a test below your skill level you may be placed in a math class that is too easy for you. If you choose a test above your skill level you may be asked to come back to Assessment and take a lower level math test in order to receive a math placement.

Since calculators may not be used during the test it is best to review without the aid of a calculator. Scratch paper will be provided at the test and collected after you finish.

Full-length practice exams: Click on the links below to access practice math tests and receive diagnostic feedback.

Study Packets

Information Competency Proficiency Exam

The Information Competency Proficiency Exam (aka: Lib 10 Test) tests students’ information competency skills. Students who receive a score of at least 70% on this exam fulfill the Information Competency proficiency graduation requirement at Mission College.

Students currently enrolled in Library 10 Basic Information Competency are not eligible to take the exam.

The test is timed and has a two hour time limit.

Additional Practice Resources

Students are encouraged to look at these additional resources and to practice the sample tests and study prior to taking the exams.

Study for math with Khan Academy: