Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who can sign up for the Assessment test?
A: Any student who has completed an application for admission, been issued a Gavilan ID number, and has been directed to take the assessment by the Placement Tool on the Assessment webpage.
Q: What do I need to bring to the test with me?
A: Your Gavilan ID number and a Photo ID.
Q: What time should I arrive to take the test?
A: Check in 15 minutes BEFORE the scheduled test time. If you arrive late, you will not be permitted to take the test at that time to avoid disrupting the test.
Q: How do I get my scores from the test?
A: You will receive your scores at the end of the test. Later, you can log into myGav, select the STUDENT tab and look for link to Assessment Scores.
Q: How can I obtain a Parking Permit?
A: Parking permits are required at the Main campus in Gilroy
Monday - Thursday 7:00 am -10:00 pm and Friday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Permit vending machines are located in each parking lot and cost $2.00. Machine accepts bills and credit/debit cards.
Parking is free at the Hollister and Morgan Hill sites.
Q: What are the exemptions from the placement assessment and orientation?
A. All new, first time college students are encouraged to use the Placement Tool on the Assessment webpage to determine thier English and math placements. In addition, completion of the online Kick Start and 1st year seminar course will qualify students for priority registration for the next term.
Students may qualify for an exemption from the new student steps if they have:
- Completed an Associate degree or higher.
- Plan to enroll in courses solely to maintain industry or licensure requirements.
- Plan to enroll in classes for a reason OTHER than career development or advancement, transfer, attainment of a degree or certificate of achievement, or completion of a basic skills course sequence.
- Special admit ( concurrently enrolled high school students).
- Please use the Exemption Form
NOTE: Student who are exempt from completing the new student steps may not be eligible for priority registration.
Q: What is the Ability To Benefit Schedule or ATB?
A: Federal regulations require students who do not have a high school diploma, General Educational Development (GED) certificate or California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) and who are applying for financial aid, to take an Ability to Benefit assessment. If you have a high school diploma (or equivalent) from another country you are exempt
Call or come by the Financial Aid Office 408-848-4727 (SC124) to sign up for a session. Times and locations are subject to change and additional times may be added. Students taking the Ability to Benefit test must valid picture ID, Gavilan ID number, a copy of their class schedule and the yellow referral slip from the Financial Aid Office to be admitted to the testing room.