START Placement Testing
START (Student Testing, Advising, Retention, and Transition) Information for all New
Would you like to avoid adding several semesters of English and math courses? Be sure
to use the Study Guides and watch the START test preparation video before you select
a test date!
START Study Guides and Practice Tests
START Exemptions and FAQs
START Testing Dates
Allan Hancock College is committed to your success as a student; therefore, we have
developed a matriculation program called START to assist you. The START program includes
an assessment of your basic skills in reading comprehension, sentence skills, and
math; an orientation to the college; and advising by academic counselors regarding
your course selection.
Each part of the program is important to your success at Allan Hancock College. The
START process is designed for you if you plan to obtain a degree, a certificate, or
transfer to a university, or if you are undecided about your educational goal. START
assessment scores are used to advise you of your skill levels and are not used to
determine your admission to Allan Hancock College.
If a student feels that any matriculation procedure or service is being applied in
a discriminatory manner, an appeal may be filed with the dean, counseling and matriculation.
See the current college catalog for more specific instructions regarding the submittal
Out-of-the-area START Proctor Request
The START test is for students planning to attend AHC. All students must complete
the AHC Admissions Application and receive their Student ID number before they can
take the START placement test. If you are an International student, or live out of state,
or out of the local area and need to take the START test in your local community,
(cities north of SLO or south of Santa Ynez), complete the Proctor Request Form. Contact the proctor you identify on the Proctor Request Form to set up a test date;
it must be taken within 4 weeks of submitting this form.
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the start test
This five minute video creatively illustrates how to best prepare for and get the
most out of your START testing experience.
"Deciding to go back to school to learn English and obtain my GED has been one of the most important decisions I ever made. My credit ESL instructors guided and helped me to adjust to my new life as a student. They understood me as a student and as a person. Being a full-time worker, a full-time student, and a mother of three was not easy, but my instructors encouraged me to keep going. They spent time with me revising my writing and giving me feedback to improve my English, even after class time. They made me feel welcome and proud of being a student later in life. Now, I am a Hancock graduate with three AAs and am currently attending Cal Poly. I'm here because my instructors encouraged me to never give up. My ESL instructors believed in me even before I started believing in myself. It has been a long and not so easy road but I now know that I can reach all my goals."
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