Mesa Journeys



Testing Center


  • Student Services Building
    Second Floor, I4-201
    P: 619-388-2718
    F: 619-388-2525
  • Monday - Thursday:
    8:00am - 6:00pm
    8:00am - 3:00pm
  • Online Orientation
  • Monday, September 23 hours:
    10:30 am - 6:00 pm

Testing Center
Assessment & Testing 

You must have an Application and Mesa College I.D. number in order to be assessed.



There is no longer a test for English & math placement. Instead, Mesa's Placement Assistant offers students a new way to be placed into English and mathematics courses based on self reported data. The Placement Assistant is designed to be inclusive for all students no matter the educational history or time frame from the last completed course. This means that it will be open to those who have not received a diploma and have GED or HiSET scores or have completed high school in a foreign country. 

Students who have received milestones/placement levels after applying to the college do NOT need to take the Placement Assistant. Students who have completed college level math and English courses also do NOT need to take the Placement Assistant.

The Placement Assistant link can be accessed below.  Please use Chrome orFirefox - the program will not work on Internet Explorer. You will need your:
  • ID: (10-digit Mesa College I.D.)
  • High School unweighted, cumulative GPA
  • Highest High School English Course Completed (C- or better)
  • Highest High School Math Course Completed (C- or better)
  • HiSET or GED scores (if applicable)                                                                                                  *The Placement Assistant Program will allow only one submission per student*
Placement Assistant
Please contact the Assessment Center with any questions. 619-388-2718 or  



The Online Orientation is one of the steps in matriculating to Mesa and is designed to cover important information about Mesa College to students. Once the Orientation is completed, there is a certificate that is e-mailed confirming the completion. This certificate can be forwarded to the Assessment Office via e-mail including the Mesa Student I.D. number to clear this matriculation step. You can e-mail us at


 If English is not your native language, you may benefit from taking an ELAC class before a college-level English class. If so, the ELAC exam is your next step. It is a timed exam consisting of 75 questions within a span of 45 minutes designed to help non-native English speaking students select appropriate ELAC classes. Please see our Schedule for more information, and please review Sample Test questions before taking the exam.

Advancement Exam info

"Advancement" exams (also called "challenge" tests) can help you change or skip courses after you have already assessed. For information about Challenge Testing, please see this Admissions bulletin or call 619-388-2682. These department resources are also helpful:

- Math Department
- English Department