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Santa Monica College|Enrollment Development|Assessment|Request For Placement And Prerequisite Waivers

Request For Placement And Prerequisite Waivers

The Assessment Center/Counseling can only process waiver requests for the following classes:

  • English, ESL, and Math

  • Anatomy 1

  • Biology 21

  • Chemistry 11

Waivers for Other Chemistry, Physics & Biological Science

The Assessment Center is NOT able to process these requests however directions for waiver requests are included below.

  • Biology 22, 23, Microbiology 1, Nursing 17, Physiology 3, course prerequisite waivers can only be granted by the Life Sciences Department (a course syllabus may be required).

  • Chemistry 12, 21, 22, 24 and Physics 7, 9, 22, 23, 24 course prerequisite waivers can only be granted by the Physical Sciences Department (a course syllabus may be required).

Please send waiver requests to ScienceWaivers@smc.edu. Be sure to include scanned transcripts, web links to official course descriptions or course outlines, scanned syllabi (optional but recommended), and anything else you think would assist in verifying your waiver. Make sure to clearly state your waiver request, and include your complete name and SMC student ID#. If you have questions regarding your waiver request, please use the email above, or contact the Sciences Department Office located in (SCI 258) at 310-434-4788. You may also contact the appropriate Life Sciences or Physical Sciences Chair with questions about the process.

Contact Life Sciences

Contact Physical Sciences

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 could take up to 7 business days to be processed. You may go to the Transfer/Counseling Center to request your waiver in person-for English, ESL, Math, Anatomy 1, Biology 21 and Chemistry 11.

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 or 23, Microbiology 1, Nursing 17, Physiology 3

  1. Go to the Sciences Department Office (SCI-258) to see the Department Administrator.

  2. Leave with the administrator copies of your college transcript, course descriptions or outlines, and course syllabus(optional but recommended). All prerequisite courses must have been completed with a "C" or better.

  3. The Department Chair will evaluate your request within 7 days and issue a waiver, if appropriate. It is unlikely that you will receive an immediate response. If convenient, consider using the email process by sending your request and documents to ScienceWaivers@smc.edu.

In-Person Requests for Chemistry 12, 21, 22, 24; Physics 7, 9, 22, 23, 24:

  1. Go to the Sciences Department Office (SCI-258) to see the Department Administrator.

  2. Leave with the administrator copies of your college transcript, course descriptions or outlines, and course syllabus(optional but recommended). All prerequisite courses must have been completed with a "C" or better.

  3. The Department Chair will evaluate your request within 7 days and issue a waiver, if appropriate. It is unlikely that you will receive an immediate response. If convenient, consider using the email process by sending your request and documents to ScienceWaivers@smc.edu.

In-Person Requests for Film 31 and Film 32.

  1. Go to the Communication and Media Studies Department Office (LS 131) to see the Department Administrator.

  2. Leave with the administrator your name, SMC ID number, SMC email address, and copies of your college transcript, course descriptions or outlines, and course syllabus. All prerequisite courses must have been completed with a "C" or better.

  3. The Department Chair will evaluate your request within 7-10 business days and issue a waiver, if appropriate. You will be notified of the chair’s decision via SMC email. It is unlikely that you will receive an immediate response.

Requests By Fax

  • Complete, print, and fax to 310-434-8019 the appropriate prerequisite waiver form: PDF FileEnglish/ESL/Math OR PDF FileChemistry & Life Sciences.

  • Be sure to include ALL information requested. Only completed forms will be considered. All others will be disregarded.

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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 Only

Santa Monica College only accepts Accuplacer and COMPASS raw scores for placement. See accepted placement tests below. If you live in the greater Los Angeles/Ventura area, you must come to SMC to take your assessment. Only students living outside the greater Los Angeles area (north of Santa Barbara, San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside counties) can request a test at a Remote Location. Results can be faxed directly to us or sent via US mail.

For English: ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension & Sentence Skills or COMPASS/eCOMPASS Reading and Writing Skills.

For ESL: ACCUPLACER Reading Skills, Sentence Meaning, Language Use.

For Math: ACCUPLACER Math or COMPASS Math. 

For Chemistry 11: California Chemistry Diagnostic Test

  • 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 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 review your Placement History report through Corsair Connect. You may also review this by checking Corsair Connect (Enroll --> Student Records --> Placement History).


Waivers based on Completed College-Level Coursework or 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: PDF FileEnglish/ESL/Math OR PDF FileChemistry & 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: You must request your official AP report to be sent directly from The College Board to the SMC Admissions Office.

It is important to have your Advanced Placement scores 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. This evaluation can take up to 7 business days. To avoid taking classes you don’t need, get this evaluation process started immediately with a counselor.”


Waivers based on CAASPP, CSU and/or EAP Test Results

Placement waivers for English and mathematics may be granted at SMC if you successfully completed the 11th grade:

  • California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) test (starting spring 2015); or

  • Early Assessment Program (EAP), CSU, ELM and/or EPT tests.

Please Note: These requests must come directly to the Assessment Center via fax or hand delivered. The scores for CAASPP, CSU and/or EAP must be no older than 1 year to be considered.

If you did not obtain the scores noted below, you may need to take the SMC placement tests. Assessment waivers based on the CSU EAP or EPT/ELM test​ will only be issued in the specific cases below.

Waivers: These assessment/prerequisite waivers can exempt you from having to take the assessment and will be issued according to the following:

SMC English 1 Placement

  • A score of "Standard Exceeded" on the CAASPP; or "Exempt" or "Ready for college-level English courses" received on the Early Assessment Program (EAP); or​A score of "Standard Exceeded" on the CAASPP; or "Exempt" or "Ready for college-level English courses" received on the Early Assessment Program (EAP); or

  • A score of 147 or higher received on the CSU (EPT) English Test.

SMC English 21B Placement:

If you are trying to place into a higher-level English course, you must take the SMC assessment test.

  • A score of "Standard Met" on the CAASPP; or "Ready for college-level English courses-Conditional" received on the Early Assessment Program (EAP); or

  • A score​ of 125-146 received on the CSU (EPT) English Test.

SMC Math 21/26/41/54 Placement:

If you are trying to place into a higher-level Math course, you must take the SMC placement test.

  • A score of "Standard Exceeded" on the CAASPP; or "Exempt" or "Ready for college level Mathematics courses" received on the Early Assessment Program (EAP); or

  • A score​ of 50 or higher received on the CSU Entry Level Math (ELM) test.

You will be required to take the SMC assessment test if you received a score lower than 50 on the ELM or "Conditional" on the EAP for math.

Please complete the following form and fax it 310-434-8019, or drop it off at the Assessment Center (Liberal Arts Building, Room 109). Please be sure to include a copy of your CSU or EAP test results.

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