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
Cal Poly SLO, Aerospace Engineering
I excelled in math and science in school, so engineering was the right fit and I just had to figure out how to get it done. Throughout high school, I took courses at Allan Hancock College (AHC), and graduated as my high school valedictorian. I then attended AHC in search of a smooth transition to a university. I was able to take my lower division engineering courses and form a great relationship with my professors. While at AHC, I received multiple scholarships form the Allan Hancock Foundation, Santa Barbara Foundation, and MESA-NSF Scholarship. I then attended California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, to pursue an aerospace engineering degree. After just one year at Cal Poly, I was accepted into one of the most prestigious internship programs that NASA offers, the Aeronautics Academy.
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