Oceanside, Building 3300: 760.795.6685
San Elijo, Building 100: 760.944.4449, x7752
Community Learning Center, Room 137: 760.757.2121, x8841
Testing Services is responsible for helping students complete the placement process at MiraCosta College. Testing Services evaluates eligible high school transcript information for placement using multiple measures. Students who provide high school transcript information on their application will receive an automated placement shortly after application. For students without access to eligible high school transcript information or who wish to learn more about their options for English and math courses, MiraCosta's course placement tools (English Guided Self-Placement, ESL Guided Placement and Math Guided Self-Placement) are offered free of charge to MiraCosta students.
Online English, ESL, and math placement is offered at the Oceanside Campus Testing Services Office, the San Elijo Campus Testing Center, and the Community Learning Center in the Testing Center. Students may also request to have the tools assigned to their SURF Student Center to be completed online.
The course placements are open to students who have submitted an application for admission or who are currently enrolled. Acceptable photo identification is required.
Testing Services proctors the prerequisite challenge process for Spanish, Japanese, and Chemistry. These challenge processes are offered on a drop-in basis at all three campus locations.
Testing accommodations are available to students referred by Student Accessibility Services. MiraCosta College also serves as a test center for the American College Testing Program (ACT) and Pearson Vue GED test.
Signed into law, Assembly Bill (AB) 705 requires California community colleges to maximize the probability that students will enter and complete transfer-level coursework in English and math within a one-year time frame. AB 705 requires that colleges use one or more of the following measures for placement into math and English courses:
- High school grade point average (GPA)
- High school coursework
- High school grades
For more information on AB 705-related placement policies at MiraCosta, visit miracosta.edu/testing.
Academic Proctoring Center
The Academic Proctoring Center (APC) provides a proctored test site for students enrolled in online courses at MiraCosta who have an on-campus testing requirement. In addition, the center proctors instructor-authorized makeup exams for special student circumstances. Students referred by Student Accessibility Services for testing with certain accommodations may also utilize this service. By individual arrangement, the Academic Proctoring Center also administers external examinations. Photo identification is required for all testing in the APC.