START Study Guides
To improve your chances of doing well on the START placement test, go to the review
sites below to look at English and math questions.
START Study Guides
At Allan Hancock College, we use the College Board Accuplacer test for placement into
English and math. The acronym 'START' is really the Accuplacer test!
Free Official Mobile and Web-based Study App:
Free Sample Questions
Note: The WritePlacer writing sample is not part of the placement testing sequence
The world of Math online
Provides 100 self-paced math exercises.
All students may retake the START placement test once under the following conditions:
- At least two weeks have passed since the first test
(to allow for extra study and preparation), AND
- The original test scores are within 5 points of reaching the next placement level
of math, English, and/or ESL .
If students do not meet the conditions, a matriculation appeal may be filed in the
Accuplacer test scores for English, reading, and ESL placements do not expire, and
students are not required to reassess. For math placement, a student's Accuplacer
test scores are valid for a period of three years. If a student does not enroll in
a credit math course within three years from their initial assessment, the student
is referred to reassess for math placement. The only exception to this recency requirement
is students who earned a grade of "C-" or better in high school geometry may use their
high school transcript for prerequisite clearance of geometry with no time limit.
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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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