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Testing Services

Testing Services

Oceanside, Room 3334: 760.795.6685
San Elijo, Room 1114: 760.944.4449, x7752

Community Learning Center (CLC), Room 312: 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.

English, ESL, and math course placement tools are offered at the Oceanside Campus Testing Center, the San Elijo Campus Testing Center, and the CLC  Campus 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 PearsonVue GED test.

AB 705

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

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.

Campus Locations

MiraCosta Community Learning Center

1831 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA 92058
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MiraCosta Oceanside Campus Building

1 Barnard Drive
Oceanside, CA 92056
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MiraCosta San Elijo Campus

3333 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff, CA 92007
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MiraCosta Technology Career Institute Building

2075 Las Palmas Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011
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