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Testing Services

Testing Services

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.

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 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.

Campus Locations

MiraCosta Community Learning Center

1831 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA 92058
760.795.8710
888.201.8480
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MiraCosta Oceanside Campus Building

1 Barnard Drive
Oceanside, CA 92056
760.757.2121
888.201.8480
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MiraCosta San Elijo Campus

3333 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff, CA 92007
760.944.4449
888.201.8480
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MiraCosta Technology Career Institute Building

2075 Las Palmas Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011
760.795.6820
888.201.8480
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