START Placement Testing

START (Student Testing, Advising, Retention, and Transition) Information for all New Students

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 of appeals.

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 prior to submitting the form.

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Preparing for
the start test

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This five minute video creatively illustrates how to best prepare for and get the most out of your START testing experience.

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Christine Calvert
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Last Modified Jul 30, 2014