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Santa Monica College|Enrollment Development|Assessment|Retesting Policies

Retesting Policies

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Retesting in English, ESL, Math, Chemistry

Retesting is permitted in English, ESL, math, and chemistry after a waiting period of two weeks from the date the test was first taken. After that, retesting is permitted once every calendar year, provided you have NOT started the course sequence for the test you wish to retake.

Retesting in Math Proficiency

Retesting for the Mathematics Proficiency Assessment is limited to one time only, after a waiting period of eight (8) weeks following the first test. Additional retestings will not be provided under any circumstances. Please ensure that you review and prepare for the test.

Retesting in Ability-to-Benefit

Retesting for the Ability-to-Benefit test is permitted once after a waiting period of two weeks. If after the second attempt, you do not pass the test, we MAY allow you to retest one additional time provided you can demonstrate that you have undergone formal study and preparation for the test. Proof will be required.

Expiration of Assessment Results

All assessment results are valid for a period of one calendar year. Please make sure you enroll in the courses your assessment results qualified you for BEFORE your assessment results expire. Once your results have expired, you will be blocked from enrolling in those courses and will need to retest.