Assessment Center

The primary role of the Baldwin Park Adult and Community Education Assessment Center is to accurately identify students’ English, reading and math skill levels.  Assessments are used in the admission process and designed to assess a students academic ability before enrolling in a program of study.  Proper course placements enable students to successfully progress through required course sequences and to achieve their educational goals.

The Assessment Center is an authorized computer based testing facility through Pearson VUE.   Pearson VUE offers many industry certification testing such as:

  •      Microsoft Certifications (Word, Excel, Access, etc…)
  •      California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET),
  •      California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
  •      Adobe Certified Expert (ACE)
  •       Cisco Certifications
  •      Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)

To find out which tests are available, visit for more information.  Testers may register for an exam online. When you are coming in for a test, a valid government issued photo ID is required for every testing session.

If the class you are testing for is filled or not available for enrollment on the day you pass the assessment, your name will be placed on an interest list.  If space becomes available, students on interest lists will be contacted to enroll.

 Please call to schedule an appointment, space is limited

(626) 856-4111


What is the assessment for?

An assessment is designed to determine how prepared students are to successfully complete in the classes we offer.  We recommend students have the academic skills need to meet a minimum assessment test score level in reading, language and math.

Who should take an assessment?

Students who are interested in enrolling in any of the career technical education programs and high school academic courses.

What is included on the assessment?

The parts of the assessment test consist of reading comprehension, language and math.

How do I schedule an assessment test?

Currently, testing is by appointment only. Testing is done at BPACE Assessment Center, room 8.  Please refer to the Assessment Test schedule. 

How long will the test take?

An assessment test takes about 2 hours including scoring time.  Please do not bring children with you or others to wait while you take the assessment.  Students enrolling in High School Diploma, HSE and/or Adult Independent Study should make an appointment with a counselor and have transcripts evaluated after taking the assessment test.

When will I receive my results?

Your assessment results will be given to you at the time you complete your assessment.

What do the scores mean?

The skills tested on the assessment are similar to the skills taught at each grade level of school from first grade through high school.  A grade equivalent score compares the skills tested on the assessment to the skills we expect students to have at different grade levels.  For example, a score of 10.2 on the reading test indicates that the student has the same level of academic reading skills as a student who is in the tenth grade.  Test scores are valid for one year.

Can I retake the assessment test if I don’t pass the first time?

Yes.  When you meet with a counselor, ask about how to study.  We encourage students to take tutoring or remedial courses at BPACE.  This can be arranged through the counselor.  The Assessment Center also provides resources to students on how to study for the retest.  Students are permitted to retest after 2 weeks.