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Orientation and Assessment are two very important mandatory steps to take as you begin your college experience. See information below and for further information, please click on Frequently Asked Questions or give us a call at (510) 436-2460. Please note: Orientation (in-person or on-line) MUST be completed before your scheduled Asssessment). 

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.

Online Orientation is now offered for your convenience by clicking here. When you are finished, please be sure to print out that page and bring it with you to your assessment appointment.

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) 436-2460.

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.

Approximate time that may be needed to complete each assessment:

English and Math        3 hours
Math Only                   1.5 hours
English Only                 2 hours

Please follow the regulations below:
–Arrive at least 15 minutes early and check-in at the reception area in L-132. 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 other electronic devices 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.

The Assessment Center’s office hours during Summer and Fall 2018 are:
Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Wednesday and Thursday: Testing