Assessment Tests and Waivers
new incoming students without previous college work in the U.S. are required to
take a math and an ESL/English assessment test before meeting with a
counselor and completing their enrollment.
All non-native English speakers
should take the ESL test rather than the English test. Test results can place
the student in ESL or College Composition. Placement results will assist
counselors in placing students into appropriate level courses. Both tests
are required to complete your enrollment. Students are strongly advised to be
prepared and well-rested prior to taking their tests.
who have taken ESL or English classes at another U.S. institution may also be
required to take the ESL or English Assessment. U.S. college or university transcripts may be
reviewed for possible ESL/English and/or math assessment waivers. See
Assessment Test Waivers below.
Retaking Assessment Tests
may repeat the assessment tests only once after a two-week wait period.
Keep in mind that retesting will delay your enrollment due to the two-week wait
period and may significantly affect the class offerings available to
who have taken a math or English course at another U.S. institution may request
to have their transcripts reviewed by a counselor to determine whether they can
be waived from one or both tests. Students may submit transcripts and
syllabi through www.smc.edu/askIECC or meet with an
international counselor on-campus. Students are encouraged to provide a copy of
their most current transcript along with a course syllabus.
How to Prepare for Assessment Tests
A thorough review of the information in the Assessment Center website is highly recommended.