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Welcome to Placement at Hartnell

Taking the right English, English as a Second Language, and, or math class is very important to save you time and money. This is one of the most important first steps to make sure you are successful in your college career and meet your goals. 


math placement


english placement

♦ To use the Math guide, click on the image above then select your META MAJOR color to obtain your placement.  ♦ Or use the links below

♦ To use the English guide, click on the image above then select the "START" button.  ♦ OR use the English link below

Hartnell College no longer uses assessment testing (formerly known as STAAR, or Accuplacer) for placement into English, Math, or English as Second Language (ESL) courses. We have adjusted our process for all incoming students, and you are now eligible to enroll in transfer-level English, Math, or ESL courses, in line with the requirements of Assembly Bill 705 (AB 705), which took effect on Jan. 1, 2018. 


For Assistance in determining the correct transfer-level Math and English course for your major please click on the Online Express Counseling link for Counseling support for placement.  Due to a recent cyberissue our online placement tool for English and Math is currently unavailable.

For Assistance in deteremining your ESL placement, please click on this link and follow the prompts. Once completed, you will receive an email with your recommended ESL placement.  Para ayuda determinando su nivel de Ingles, porfavor descarge este enlaze y conteste las preguntas. El sistema le mandara un correo electronico con la recomendacion de su nivel de Ingles.  Si necesita ayuda, por favor llame al numero debajo.

We want to make sure that you are confident in your course placement. If you need additional guidance, or do not have  high school information, call the Hartnell College counseling department at (831) 755-6820, or reach us at 


AB1805 ENG, MAT, ESL Placement & Enrollment Data

APPLICATION_YEAR Demographic Groups Distinct Count Placed into transfer level English
 (without concurrent support)
Placed into transfer level English
(with concurrent support)
Credit ESL Coursework
2019-20AY Asian 7     7
Hispanic/Latino 63   2 61
White 2 1   1
2020-21AY Asian 2   1 1
Hispanic/Latino 25 1 3 21
Unknown 3 1   2
White 3     3
ESL Placement & Assessment Data (Updated on June 09, 2021)