START Test Dates

AHC START and ESL START Testing Dates

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A reservation is not required.  Walk-in any time after the doors open, but be here before they close at the end time listed.  If you need to take both the English and math tests we recommend that you allow at least 2 hours.

PREPARE for the START Test! Watch a 5-minute video by clicking on the picture of the Testing Center on the top right of your screen.

Students taking the test for a college other than AHC will be charged a proctoring fee and will need to bring a check for $35 payable to AHC at the time of testing.  The test is free only for AHC students.

Santa Maria Campus

Students should use Entrance #1 on Bradley Rd. and park in Student Parking Lot #4. Enter the new Student Services bldg. and take the elevator to the 2nd floor. Exit to your left, then turn left again to walk across the bridge to the Testing Center in A2-406.

Bldg. A2, Rm. 406 Computer Lab - Bring any picture ID & your AHC Student ID #

Test Day Test Date Walk-in End Walk-in
Thursday January 2 8:15 am  3:00 pm
Friday January 3 8:15 am  2:30 pm
Mon-Wed January 6-8 8:15 am  3:00 pm
Thursday January 9 1:00 pm 3:00 pm
 Friday  January 10 8:15 am  2:30 pm 
Mon-Wed  January 13-15 8:15 am   3:00 pm 
Thursday January 16 11:00 am 3:00 pm
Tues-Thurs January 21-23 8:15 am  3:00 pm
Friday January 24 8:15 am  2:30 pm 
Monday January 27 8:15 am 3:00 pm
Tuesday January 28 8:15 am 11:30 am
Wed-Thurs January 29-30 8:15 am  3:00 pm
Friday January 31 8:15 am   2:30 pm


New testing dates will be posted before February 1st.

Lompoc Valley Center

 Bldg. 2, Rm. 118 - Bring any picture ID & your AHC Student ID # 

Test Day Test Date Walk-in End Walk-in
Friday  January 10 1:00 pm 4:00 pm
 Saturday January 11  8:30 am  11:30 am 
Monday January 13 4:30 pm 7:00 pm
Wednesday January 15 4:30 pm 7:00 pm
Friday January 17 4:00 pm 6:00 pm
Saturday   January 18 8:30 am   11:00 am  


  New testing dates will be posted before February 1st.


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