Section Two: Using Disability Services and Accommodations

Assessment Accommodations

The assessment process helps students identify their skill levels in English, Math and Science. This information is a critical key to selecting the correct classes and for planning an educational program leading to a certificate, degree or to transfer to a university.

As advised by De Anza's DSS Counselors or LD Specialists, it is strongly recommended that students complete assessment prior to starting classes or as early as possible in their college career.

Before students can enroll in certain introductory courses, they may be required to complete one of the following assessments:

  • Math,
  • English,
  • Reading, or
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)

Students must complete the assessment process or provide proof of applicable skill levels (in most cases by documenting the completion of prior college-level course work or with a high school transcript). 

Certain advanced Math or Science courses such as Chemistry 1A or Biology 6A also require clearance by testing or authorization from the Assessment Center.

For details on placing into courses, including dates and locations of tests, you can contact the Assessment Center or a DSS counselor or LD Specialist.

For Students with Disabilities:

Accommodations for assessment are evaluated and coordinated by the Disability Support Services (DSS) office. However, many students with disabilities will be able to complete the assessment process without special arrangements or accommodations. Assessment can usually be based on high school transcripts or guided self-placement, which can be completed online.

If you are a Disability Support Services (DSS) student and think you may need an accommodation for assessment, or to make accommodation arrangements, contact Disability Support Services.

Not registered as a DSS student? For information on how to apply for accommodations/services and to schedule an appointment with a DSS Counselor or LD Specialist, go to:

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Section One: Coming to De Anza College

Section Two: Using Disability Services and Accommodations

General / College-Wide Accommodations and Services

Instructional / Classroom Accommodations and Services:

Alternate Media Services:

Deaf or Hard of Hearing Services:

Legal Aspects

Concerns and Complaints

Section Three: Disability Support Programs & Services Instruction

Section Four: Success Strategies

Section Five: Campus and Community Life

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