START Placement Testing
START (Student Testing, Advising, Retention, and Transition) Information for all New
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
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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the start test
This five-minute video shows you how to save time and money at college by doing your
best on the START placement test. Ver en español.
Download the Start quick study guide PDF
Science Instructor, PVHS
One of the obstacles that I had to overcome was breaking the language barrier. Another obstacle I faced was financial hardship. As I completed my classes at AHC, I had to work in many part-time jobs such as a math/science tutor for the college tutoring center, night shift clerk for a local grocery store and vegetable cooling. Also, the MESA program and the STEM Center, not only supported me academically through resources such as access to books and computers, but also through working with students with interest in mathematics, science and engineering.
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