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! 

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)

ESL courses provide language instruction for students who are non-native speakers of English. These classes offer support for students who want to improve speaking, vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing skills. The ESL program is an excellent place to begin your college career if you are someone who wants to improve your English before taking college courses or even while taking college courses.

English courses are designed for fluent or near fluent speakers of English. The English department offers two college-level, freshman composition courses, Eng 1A and Eng 1Ax. These cover the same materials and require the same types of assignments. English 1A meets three hours a week. English 1Ax meets four hours a week and benefits students who want more support on reading and writing assignments.

Before using the Online Placement Tool please note, you will need to know your P.A.W.S account login information or your placement results will not be saved.


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


January Calendar 2021

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