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Request For Placement And Prerequisite Waivers

The Assessment Center will only process waiver request to get into the following classes--all other requests WILL NOT BE PROCESSED through us*:

  • English, ESL, and Math
  • Anatomy 1
  • Biology 21
  • Chemistry 11

Waivers for Other Chemistry, Physics & Biological Science--ASSESSMENT CENTER WILL NOT PROCESS:

Chemistry 12, 21, 22, 24 and Physics 7, 9, 22, 23, 24 course prerequisite waivers can only be granted by the Physical Sciences Department - Science Room 285 (a course syllabus may be required).  Biology 22, 23, Microbiology 1, Physiology 3, course prerequisite waivers can only be granted by the Life Sciences Department - Science Room 285 (a course syllabus may be required). Please submit your request along with your transcript, and descriptions and syllabi for the prerequisite courses you completed elsewhere.

You may contact Ingrid Cardwell, Sciences Dept administrative assistant via e-mail at CARDWELL_INGRID@smc.edu or by calling her extension at 310-434-4788, to submit a request via e-mail or make an appointment with either Dr. Jennifer Merlic, Physical Sciences Chair or Dr. Garen Baghdasarian, Life Sciences Chair.

 

Waivers for Any Other Class with a Prerequisite:

Waivers for courses not listed above are not required at the time of enrollment (e.g., Chemistry 10, accounting). However, your instructor may require that you provide proof of prerequisite fulfillment on the first day of class. You should bring a copy of your transcript on that day.

 

Processing Waivers Time:

Due to high volume of waivers submitted  to the Assessment Center, it is very likely that your request will take up to 7 business days to be processed. If you are in a rush, you may go to the Transfer/Counseling Center to request waivers based on previous coursework or advanced placement only--except as noted above for Chemistry, Biological Science, and Physics.

 

General Instructions to Obtain a Prerequisite Waiver

Placement and prerequisite waivers may be granted under the specific circumstances noted below. Please read the appropriate section to determine if your request will qualify. Be sure to follow the procedure outlined; failure to do so will likely result in denial of the waiver. Note you will not be notified if you provide incomplete information.

SELECT ONE OPTION:  I am seeking a waiver based on:


Waivers based on Completed Coursework or Advanced Placement Test:

 

In-Person
Requests
for English,
ESL, Math,
Chemistry 11,
Anatomy 1,
Biology 21:
  1. Go to the Transfer/Counseling Center or to the Welcome Center.
  2. Bring copy of your college transcript, course descriptions (a syllabus may be required). All prerequisite courses must have been completed with a "C" or better. If based on AP, bring your AP Test Score Report. See information relevant to AP requests below for applicability of AP to prerequisites.
  3. Counselor will evaluate your request and issue a prerequisite waiver if appropriate.
   
In-Person
Requests
for Biology 22, Biology 23, Microbiology 1, Physiology 3:
  1. Go to the Life Sciences Department and request to see Dr. Garen Baghdasarian, Department Chairperson (SCI-285).
  2. Bring copy of your college transcript, course descriptions (a syllabus may be required). All prerequisite courses must have been completed with a "C" or better.
  3. Dr. Baghdasarian will evaluate your request and issue a prerequisite waiver if appropriate. Note that it is unlikely that you will receive an immediate response. Plan accordingly.
In-Person
Requests
for Chemistry 12, 21, 22, 24; Physics 7, 9, 22, 23, 24:
  1. Go to the Physical Sciences Department and request to see Dr. Jennifer Merlic, Department Chairperson (SCI-285).
  2. Bring copy of your college transcript, course descriptions (a syllabus may be required). All prerequisite courses must have been completed with a "C" or better.
  3. Dr. Merlic will evaluate your request and issue a prerequisite waiver if appropriate. Note that it is unlikely that you will receive an immediate response. Plan accordingly.
   
Requests
By Fax
:
  1. Complete, print, and fax the appropriate prerequisite waiver form:  English/ESL/Math OR Chemistry & Life Sciences.
  2. Be sure to include ALL information requested. Only completed forms will be considered. All others will be disregarded.
  3. Include a copy of your college transcript and the applicable course descriptions. A syllabus may be required. If based on AP, attach your AP Test Score Report.
  4. You will be contacted via your SMC email account with our decision. Waivers will be issued electronically and placed into your enrollment record. You may also review this by checking Corsair Connect (Enroll --> Student Records --> Placement History).
  5. FYI: If you have completed coursework at another college or university, it is very important that you get the coursework evaluated by a counselor for applicability in such areas as transfer and degree requirements as soon as possible. 

 

 


 

Waivers Based on Assessment/Placement Results 

Request by Fax or Drop Off Only Santa Monica College may accept test results from other institutions under limited circumstances. We will consider requests as long as you have taken the tests noted below. We will use the raw scores only--not your actual placement recommendation. We will only accept OFFICIAL results coming directly from the college/university testing center. Results must be faxed directly to us or sent via US mail. We will not accept student handled results.
For English: ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension AND Sentence Skills
For ESL: ACCUPLACER Reading Skills, Sentence Meaning, Language Use
For Math: COMPASS Math
For Chemistry 11: California Chemistry Diagnostic Test
  1. Contact the Testing Center at your institution. Ask them to fax your test results to:
    Assessment Center--Santa Monica College
    fax: 310-434-8019
  2. Or complete the following form and provide it to your Testing Center:
    Fax sheet for Request for Placement Prerequisite Waivers Based on Assessment Result

Disclaimer:

  • Please note that not every college will want to honor your request for faxing. SMC is not responsible should this occur.
  • Test results will be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis and input into our enrollment system only when they can be matched to a student record.
  • Please instruct the college where you completed the test to include your social security number or Santa Monica College identification number on your test results.
  • Faxed results must include the contact information for that college testing center—just in case we have any questions.
  • Once results are processed, you may go to the Assessment Center in person and find out your placement recommendation or by reviewing your Placement History report through Corsair Connect. Given the high volume for these requests, counselors may not be able to contact you personally to let you know for which course you qualified.

 


Waivers based on Advanced Placement Exam Results

College Board Advanced Placement test results may be used to determine your eligibility for English, math, and chemistry courses. You must bring your original AP test results to the Assessment Center, the Counseling Department, or the Welcome Center. Alternatively, you may fax your request for a waiver based on AP scores by completing the appropriate prerequisite waiver form:  English/ESL/Math OR Chemistry & Life Sciences. form:

Placement/prerequisite waivers will be issued according to the following:

  • A score of 3, 4, or 5 on the AP English Language & Composition or Composition & Literature exam will qualify you for English 2 and give 3 units of credit for English 1;
  • A score of 3 on the AP Calculus AB exam will qualify you for Math 7 and give 5 units credit for Math 2;
  • A score of 3 on the AP Calculus BC exam will qualify you for Math 8 and give 5 units credit for Math 7;
  • A score of 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus AB exam will qualify you for Math 8 and give 5 units credit for Math 7;
  • A score of 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus BC exam will qualify you for Math 10, 11, 13, and 15 and give 5 units credit for Math 8.
  • A score of 3, 4, or 5 on the AP Chemistry exam will qualify a student for Chemistry 11 and give 5 units of credit for Chemistry 10.

  • Note: AP credit must be requested directly from the Admissions Office and you must provide an official AP report sent directly by The College Board to the SMC Admissions Office.

If you have Advanced Placement scores, it is very important that you get these evaluated by a Santa Monica College counselor.  The evaluation will determine if the scores are transferable, but more importantly, it will be determined if they satisfy a requirement relevant to you.  Sometimes, you may receive an immediate decision from a counselor, but sometimes the evaluation process can require 5-10 days for a decision.  To avoid taking classes you don’t need, get this evaluation process started immediately with a counselor.” 


Waivers based on CSU EAP Test Results

Placement waivers for English and mathematics may be granted at SMC if you successfully completed the CSU Entry Early Assessment Program ELM and/or EPT tests.  If you did not obtain the scores noted below, you may need to take the SMC placement tests.  Placement waivers based on the CSU EAP EPT/ELM tets will only be issued in the specific cases below.  These requests must come directly to the Assessment Center.
 
Placement/prerequisite waivers will be issued according to the following:
  • SMC English 1 Placement:  A score of "Exempt" or "Ready for college-level English courses" received on the CSU EAP English test, or a score of 147 points or higher on the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) will place you into English 1 and waive you from taking the SMC English placement test.
  • SMC English 21B Placement: A score of “Conditionally ready for college-level English courses” or “Conditional” received on the CSU EAP English test, will place you into English 21B and waive you from taking the SMC English placement test.
  • SMC Math 21/26/41/54 Placement: A score of "Exempt" or "Ready for college-level Mathematics courses" on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP), or a score of 50 points or higher on the CSU Entry Level Math (ELM) test will place you into Math 21/26/41/54 and waive you from taking the SMC math placement test.  If you are trying to place into a higher-level math course, you must take the SMC placement test.

Complete the following form and fax it, or drop it off into the Assessment Center.  Please be sure to include a copy of your CSU EAP test results. 

 

 

  • Fax: 310-434-8019
  • In-person drop-off: Liberal Arts (LA) 109