Testing Services

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Mission Statement: The mission of the Testing Center is to assist students to navigate the assessment process.

The Testing Center is located on the Santa Maria campus and also offers testing at the Lompoc Valley Center. Many students need to take the START placement test before registering for classes; a photo ID is required and you will need to have your AHC Student ID number that begins with the letter 'H' for the test. This number is assigned to you after you complete the admissions application. Check the START date schedule to the right for a list of test dates and times.

The Testing Center supports matriculation by providing assessment in reading, writing, and mathematics to all new Hancock students. Computerized assessment for English as a second language credit classes is also provided. In addition, students can sign up for the GED tests to earn their GED certificate.

Residents living within the district may arrange test proctoring for distance learning courses taken through other colleges/universities or can arrange to take the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP); a proctoring fee of $35 is charged for each exam. AHC is a member of the National College Testing Association and adheres to NCTA Professional Standards and Guidelines. All students taking the Accuplacer test for a college other than AHC will be charged a proctoring fee and will need to bring a check or money order for $35 payable to AHC at the time of testing. The test is free only for students who plan to attend AHC. 

Contact Information

Department location: Bldg. A2, Rm. 404
Testing Lab - Bldg. A2, Rm. 406
Office telephone: (805) 922-6966, ext. 3364 
Fax number: (805) 922-0556
testing@hancockcollege.edu 

Hours

Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Testing Center is closed for Winter break on December 20.
We will re-open on January 5.

See START Testing for dates and times

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Last Modified Dec 12, 2014