Welcome to Hartnell College!

English Flier No Assessment
Spanish ESL Flier

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. We believe all students should have the opportunity to begin in transfer-level coursework, regardless of past school or previous assessment experiences! 

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. 


Online Placement Tool 



Please check out the video below for guidance in using the Online Placement Tool

Placement Tool Tutorial Video

Placement Tool Tutorial for
English as a Second Language (ESL)



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


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)