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

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.

START Virtual Remote Testing

If you would like to take the START test from home on the day of your choosing, you will be able to schedule an appointment for a $25 fee. Learn more about remote testing. 

Contact Information

Department location: Student Services Bldg. A, Rm. 404 (upstairs)
Testing Lab - Student Services Bldg. A, Rm. 406
Office telephone: 1-805-922-6966, ext. 3364 
Fax number: (805) 922-0556
testing@hancockcollege.edu 

Hours

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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Preparing for
the start test

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English and Math Placement

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Matthew Jimenez

Matthew Jimenez
Software Engineering

When I joined MESA I found an atmosphere of very intelligent students, in which I have made friendships that are strengthened by our commitment to success. I am 31 years old and work full-time in order to support my growing family. Time management is vital to my success, and it has taken a while to find the right "recipe" of balance between school, work and family. MESA has given me important resources in the form of tutoring, access to potential internships, and help with the cost of books.

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Last Modified Jul 23, 2018