START Test Dates


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A reservation is not required.  Drop-in any time after the doors open, but be here before they close at the end time listed.  If you need to take both the English and math tests we recommend that you allow at least 2 hours.

PREPARE for the START Test! Watch a 5-minute video by clicking on the picture of the Testing Center on the top right of your screen.

Students taking the test for a college other than AHC will be charged a proctoring fee and will need to bring a check for $35 payable to AHC at the time of testing.  The test is free only for AHC students.

Santa Maria Campus

Bldg. A2 Computer Lab - AHC Student ID # Required & any picture ID.

Test Day Test Date Drop-in End Drop-in
Tues-Thurs July 1-3 8:15 am 4:30 pm
Mon-Wed July 7-9 8:00 am 5:00 pm
Thursday July 10 10:30 am 5:00 pm
Monday July 14 8:15 am 6:00 pm
Tues-Thurs July 15-17 8:15 am 4:30 pm
Mon-Wed July 21-23 8:15 am 4:30 pm
Thursday July 24 10:00 am 5:00 pm
Monday   July 28 8:15 am  4:30 pm
Tuesday July 29 8:15 am 6:00 pm
Wed-Thurs July 30-31 8:15 am 4:30 pm


New testing dates will be posted before August 1st.

Lompoc Valley Center

Bldg. 2, Rm. 118 (2-118) - AHC Student ID # Required & any picture ID.

Test Day Test Date Drop-in End Drop-in
Tuesday July 1 1:00 pm 4:00 pm
Wednesday July 2 10:00 am 1:00 pm
Monday July 7 1:00 pm 4:00 pm
Wednesday July 9 3:00 pm 6:00 pm
Tuesday July 15 2:00 pm 5:00 pm
Thursday July 17 1:00 pm 4:00 pm
Monday July 28 3:00 pm 6:00 pm


New testing dates will be posted before August 1st.


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