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Welcome to Merritt College! Orientation and Assessment are two very important mandatory steps to take as you begin your college experience. For your convenience, we have planned the schedule for both Orientation and Assessment on the same day so you can easily take one after the other. For further information, please click on our Frequently Asked Questions link on the left or give us a call at (510) 436-2562.

Orientation offers Merritt College the opportunity to officially welcome you and thank you for choosing us. You will learn about our expectations of you as well as what you can expect of us. During orientation, new students are provided with information regarding the college’s programs and services; degrees, certificate, and transfer requirements; and support services and other useful information. Our overall goal is to assist you in getting off to a great start and providing you with the necessary information for a successful finish.

Assessment is required for all new students and those who have not been in the Peralta Community College District for two years or more. The purpose of the assessment is to provide students with information regarding their current skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. The results of the assessment, along with other information provided by the student, will be used by the counseling staff to assist the student in selecting appropriate courses. The assessment is used to aid students in choosing the best classes based on their academic skill level.

Alternative testing, called ESL (English as a Second Language), is provided for students whose native language is not English.

To see the Orientation and Assessment schedule, click here.

To make an appointment for Assessment and Orientation, please call (510) 436-2562.

Be sure when you call that you have your Student ID number or you will not be able to make an appointment. Please clearly state your name and phone number with requested date and time of assessment when you are leaving a message to make an appointment. Please schedule an appointment at least a week prior to the date you wish to attend.

Timing Allowed

English and Math        2 hours
Math Only                    30 minutes
English only                 1.5 hours
English and ESL          1.5 hours

Please follow the regulations below:
–Arrive at least 15 minutes early and check-in at the reception area in R109. Your appointment will be given away if you are late and you will need to re-schedule.

–Bring a valid photo ID.

-No children or food/drink are permitted. Cellular phones and pagers must be turned off during Orientation and Assessment.

–Students must have a current application on file with Admissions and Records before attending Orientation and Assessment.

Please keep in mind the following:
–Students can only take the assessment once per year so please take the test seriously. The results are used to assist in placement of the appropriate level English and Math courses.

–Take the Assessment first before seeing a Counselor for assistance with Math and English placement and with course enrollment.