START Placement Testing
START (Student Testing, Advising, Retention, and Transition) Information for all New
START Testing Dates
START Exemptions and FAQs
START Study Guides and Practice Tests
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
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 live out of the Santa Maria area or out of state,
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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the start test
This five minute video creatively illustrates how to best prepare for and get the
most out of your START testing experience.
"Allan Hancock College is giving me the opportunity to take the cosmetology courses I need to do hair and nails like I've always wanted. My classes are very hands-on and even when classes are full my instructors make time to be one-on-one with students. I think the instructors are attentive and it makes me want to get up and go to classes every day. I want to get my cosmetology license and my associate degree."
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