Assessment Services at College of San Mateo - Overview


Assessment Services


Contact Us

Welcome Center/Assessment Services
Online services only

Available during office hours:
650-542-0515 phone/text
650-793-0215 phone/text
650-574-6175 phone

Remote Office Hours:
Monday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Please note: We are available to serve you remotely during our campus closure. 



CSM Assessment Services conducts the college assessment program which includes English, Reading, ESL, and Mathematics assessment components. These assessments are intended to measure skills which research has shown to be closely related to academic success. These multiple measurements represent student strengths and capabilities.

The College uses the validated statewide model that includes predictive multiple measures. Students are advised to discuss course placement results with a counselor so that they can assist with the development of a student educational plan (SEP).

Need help? Questions?

New Drop-In Zoom Hour:
Friday Closed


How to get started

Please start with your if you are:
  • First-time college student
  • High school graduating senior (completed at least the Fall term)
  • Transferring to College of San Mateo from another college
  • Returning/former student within San Mateo Community College District
  • Continuing student from College of San Mateo

Please start with scheduling an Guided Self Assessment Appointment if you:

  • English as a Second Language student
  • International student
Information on CSM English as a Second Language Program - 
Information on CSM Math Guided Self-Placement If necessary, this will be review in your counseling appointment.

Please start with your if you are:

  • 9th - 12th grade Concurrent Enrollment Student
How do I qualify? CSM English/Math Placement for High School Concurrent Enrollment


Complete a Prerequisite Equivalency Form

*If you have already successfully completed English and/or math courses at another college or university within the United States and are planning to enroll in an English or math course or a course that has an English or math prerequisite, then your previous coursework must be approved. Visit the Prerequisites website for more information and to obtain the Prerequisite Equivalency Form.