Mission Statement: The mission of the Testing Center is to assist students to navigate the assessment
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.
Department location: Bldg. A, Rm. 404
Testing Lab - Bldg. A, Rm. 406
Office telephone: (805) 922-6966, ext. 3364
Fax number: (805) 922-0556
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
See START Testing for dates and times
Top of Page
the start test
This five minute video creatively illustrates how to best prepare for and get the
most out of your START testing experience.
Download the Start quick study guide PDF
It's not about what I like about my classes, but more about what do I love LOVE about my classes! Every time I leave a class, I feel like I have gained greater knowledge about the world through my instructors. Without a doubt Hancock is one of the best community colleges in the country and I'm here to continue toward my degree. I left Miami to come to Hancock: a sacrifice very worth it!"
Submit a Testimonial »