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Appointment Information

We strongly recommend that you review Reading, English and Math skills before you take the test. Assessment results will affect which level course you take, may affect prerequisites for various courses, and may affect some financial aid situations and graduation requirements.

Appointment Information

  • Assessment testing locations:
    • Palm Desert Assessment Center is located in room 269 on the 2nd floor of CSSC (Cravens Student Services Center) at the main campus (43500 Monterey Avenue).  You may park in Lot 1 located near the Monterey Avenue entrance and the CSSC building.  Please refer to the Campus Map using the tab located at the top of this web page.  DO NOT PARK IN VISITOR OR STAFF SPACES.  A temporary parking pass will be provided to you when you arrive at the Assessment Center for check-in.
    • Indio Campus Assessment test sessions are available on a limited basis and are not offered during June, July and early August.  The Indio Campus has parking available next to the building. 

  • You are required to show a current, valid photo ID when you check in (i.e. driver’s license, school/employee id, passport). If you do not have a current photo ID, call the Testing Center for acceptable alternate forms of identification.  Photocopies, pictures on cell phones, personal vouchers or transcripts cannot be accepted as identification.
  • The test does not have a time limit and we encourage you to take your time. The average testing time is approximately 2 hours.

When scheduling an appointment

Assessment Testing is available by appointment only.  Please read the following instructions to schedule an appointment. 

  • After selecting a campus location below for your test appointment, you will be required to enter your 7 digit College of the Desert student identification number (SID) and your date of birth. You should receive your SID number by email - usually within 3 days after submitting your application online. 
    • If it has been more than 3 days since you submitted your online application and you have not received the email with your SID number:
      • contact Admission and Records (760)773-2516 ext. 5 or
      • contact Counseling (760)773-2521
  • After you select a date and time for your Assessment appointment, you will be required to enter your "mycod.us" email address and a current telephone number.  Check your email frequently for test appointment confirmation and updates.
  • You will be allowed to have only 1 scheduled appointment. If you need to reschedule your appointment date/time, you must cancel the existing Assessment appointment and then select a new date and time.

If you have previously taken the test, you do not need to test again. A counselor can access and review your previous test scores with you.

Counselors determine eligibility for retesting or taking only a specific section. This is allowed only with a counselor’s approval. If eligible, the counselor will provide an “Assessment Test Approval” form that must be turned in to the Testing Center at the time of your appointment.

  • Students seeking test exemptions due to results from prior college coursework, AP courses, IB courses or EAP results must see a College of the Desert counselor with corresponding records (i.e. official transcripts, test results) - prior to scheduling an assessment appointment.

TEST APPOINTMENT CHECK-IN:

  • ​OPENS 20 minutes before your schedules test appointment time.
  • CLOSES 5 minutes before your scheduled test appointment time.
    • (Example: check-in closes at 12:55pm for 1:00pm test appointment).
      Any arrivals after check-in closes must reschedule.

If you have any questions regarding Assessment Testing call 760-776-7413.

Selecting an Appointment indicates that you read, understand and agree to all the information provided on this page.​​​​​​​​