Placement and Testing Services

Course Placement, Prerequisite Clearance and Make-Up Testing

We can help place students into classes that match their skills and experience, and proctor exams for students who need to make-up a missed in-class exam, test or quiz.

We serve all Sierra College students and provide accommodations for students with disabilities.

Our Services

We use students’ applications, high school transcripts and/or test score data to place students into math and English courses. As part of California’s new legislation (AB 705), this placement method offers students the opportunity to enroll directly into transfer-level English and math courses. If you should need additional help to succeed in your English and math courses, we offer academic help and counseling services.

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Placement Help Articles and Resources

Know Your Rights: The AB 705 Initiative and What it Means for Students

Due to the shelter in place state guidelines, our Placement and Testing Center is closed. To meet the prerequisite requirements for Chemistry 1A, please email for assistance and be sure to include your Sierra College student ID# so that we can better serve your needs. 

Due to the COVID19 situation, we are not able to give placement tests. Instead, we are asking you to answer a few questions in our Self-Assessment Guide about your English ability to help determine your placement.

Your answers will help you determine a placement. However, if it becomes possible to give our placement test, we will ask you to take that test before the semester so that we can give you a more accurate placement. If it is not possible to give the placement test before the semester begins, instructors may give assessments during the first week of class. Based on those results, your instructor may make recommendations to change your level and/or class. Please contact the Counseling Department with any questions.

How to Schedule a Make-Up Test

To schedule a make-up test, you must:

  • Have your instructor make arrangements with the Testing Center and fill out the Rocklin Testing Center Proctor Form. Only your instructor can order a make-up test from the Testing Center. The Nevada County Campus (NCC) also requires the NCC LRC Testing Instructions Form.
  • Bring a valid photo ID (driver’s license, passport, or school ID with student ID number)

If you need accommodations, please bring your Accommodations Certification from Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) to the Testing Center. Accommodations include: extended time, student scribes, and assistive technology.

What to Expect at Your Make-Up Test

At the Testing Center, you will:

  • Present a valid photo ID (driver’s license, passport, or school ID with student ID number)
  • Go to an assigned testing station or private room
  • Turn off your electronic devices and store all backpacks, purses and cell phones inside of pull-string bags.
  • Faculty and staff will observe the testing lab from surveillance cameras and the window viewing area.
  • Do not cheat. We will report academic dishonesty to your instructor.

The Sierra College Placement and Testing Center will only proctor Sierra College exams. We do not proctor exams from other colleges, universities or institutions. Students must attend Sierra College to be eligible for our services.

Tests need to be provided to the Placement and Testing Center at least 1-2 days before the student takes the exam.

Make-Up Testing Locations

  • Rocklin Campus (LT 1). Keep the following in mind for make-up exams:

    • All tests must include the Rocklin Testing Center Proctor Form.
    • Seating is limited. We will assist students on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • We will not administer tests for an entire class.
    • Return delivery options are: interoffice mail, instructor pick-up or students can hand-deliver the test back to the faculty member. 

  • Nevada County Campus (N6 200): The NCC Testing Center must receive the teacher’s instructions to proctor an exam. Please use the NCC LRC Testing Instructions Form.

  • Tahoe-Truckee Campus (204): Contact the Tahoe/Truckee Campus Testing and Proctoring office to make an appointment. Call (530) 550-2284 to schedule.

Contact Testing Centers

Contact Placement Offices

Learn more about placement in math, English, Chemistry 1A and/or ESL.

Rocklin Campus LT1
Phone: (916) 660-7430
Fax: (916) 630-4513

Fall and Spring Hours:
M-Th: 8:00am – 7:00pm
F: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Summer Hours:
M-Th: 8:00am – 6:00pm
F: Closed

Nevada County Campus N1 216 
Phone: (530) 274-5303
Fax: (530) 274-5307

Fall and Spring Hours:
M-Th: 8:30am – 4:00pm
F: 8:30am – 10:00am

Summer Hours:
M-Th: 8:30am – 5:30pm
F: Closed

Tahoe-Truckee Campus 227 
Phone: (530) 550-2225
Fax: (530) 550-2229

Rocklin Campus LT1

  • Fall and Spring Hours
    M-Th: 8:00am - 7:00pm
    F: 8:00am - 5:00pm

    By appointment only.

Nevada County Campus N6 200

  • Fall and Spring Hours
    M-Th: 9:00am - 6:30pm
    F: 9:00am - 12:00pm

    By appointment only

Tahoe-Truckee Campus 204

  • Fall and Spring Hours
    M-Th: 9:00am - 6:00pm
    F: 9:00am - 1:00pm

    By Appointment Only
    By appointment only