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Appointment Information

We strongly recommend that you review Reading, English and Math skills before you take the test. Assessment results will affect which level course you take, may affect prerequisites for various courses, and may affect some financial aid situations and graduation requirements.

When scheduling an appointment

  • For students scheduling an appointment for the first time, the next screen will require that you create an account in order to have a “Login” and “Password” to access the appointment schedule. Once you "Create an Account", future access will not require this step. Students returning to the appointment schedule will need to only enter the "Login" and "Password."
  • Your account MUST include your College of the Desert Student ID number to schedule your appointment. You receive this number by email - usually within 3 days after submitting your application online.  Appointments made with invalid ID numbers will be cancelled.
  • Only one appointment allowed. If you need to reschedule, cancel your original appointment and then select a new date and time.
  • If you have previously taken the test, you do not need to test again. A counselor can access and review your previous test scores with you.
  • Counselors determine eligibility for retesting or taking only a specific section. This is allowed only with a counselor’s approval. If eligible, the counselor will provide an “Assessment Test Approval” form that must be turned in to the Testing Center at the time of your appointment.
    • Students seeking test exemptions due to results from prior college coursework, AP courses, IB courses or EAP results must see a College of the Desert counselor with corresponding records (i.e. official transcripts, test results) - prior to scheduling an assessment appointment.

Appointment Information

  • Assessment testing is located in room 269 on the 2nd floor of CSSC (Cravens Student Services Center) at the main campus located in Palm Desert.  Limited appointments are also available at the Indio campus location. 
  • For the Palm Desert Campus, you may park in Lot 1 near the Monterey Entrance and the CSSC building.  Please refer to the Campus Map using the tab located at the top of this web page.  DO NOT PARK IN VISITOR OR STAFF SPACES.  We will provide you with a temporary parking pass to place in your vehicle when you check in. The Indio Campus has parking available next to the building.
  • You are required to show a valid photo ID when you check in (i.e. driver’s license, school/employee id, passport). If you do not have a current photo ID, call the Testing Center for acceptable alternate forms of identification.  Photo copies cannot be accepted.
  • The test does not have a time limit and we encourage you to take your time. The average testing time is approximately 2 hours.
  • It is advisable to print the confirmation email you receive after you finalize your appointment.


  • ​OPENS 20 minutes before your schedules test appointment time.
  • CLOSES 5 minutes before your scheduled test appointment time.

(Example: check-in closes at 12:55pm for 1:00pm test appointment).
Any arrivals after check-in closes must reschedule.

Attention: A student who has neither a high school diploma nor its recognized equivalent (i.e. GED or certificate of completion) may become eligible to receive Financial Aid by achieving passing scores on the designated tests of the Assessment Test. Students attempting to qualify should notify the test administrator when they arrive for their appointment by stating the test is need for ATB purposes.

If you have any questions call 760-776-7413, otherwise click on the link below to continue.