Welcome to Hartnell College!

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. 

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)



Click the Virtual Front Desk for immediate assistance 

Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Friday 9:00am - 1:00pm & 2pm - 4pm

Online Placement Tool 

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 Placement Office at (831) 759-6054 leave a voicemail and someone will get back to you, or reach us at placement@hartnell.edu


ESL Placement & Assessment 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)


AB1805 ENG, MAT, ESL Placement & Enrollment Data


June 2021 Calendar

June 2021 Calendar

*Due to Campus Closure, Placement Workshops are cancelled until further notice. Please take advantage of our Online Placement Tool above.