START Placement Testing

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

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!

FREE START Study Guide apps  

START Exemptions and FAQs

START Testing Dates

START Retest Policy and Testing Recency

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.


Contact Information

Department location: Student Services Bldg. A, Rm. 404 (upstairs)
Testing Lab - Student Services 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. 

Saturday testing is offered occasionally.

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Last Modified Aug 8, 2016