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SMC|Enrollment Development|International Education Center|ESL/English and Math Assessment Tests

ESL/English and Math Assessment Tests

Assessment Test Requirements

All new incoming students without previous college work in the U.S. are required to take a math and ESL/English assessment test prior to meeting with a counselor and completing their enrollment. 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.

Students who have taken ESL or English classes at another U.S. institution will also be required to take the ESL or English Assessment test or take a challenge exam through the ESL or English departments.

Students desiring to test out of Introductory Chemistry, Chemistry 10 may take the Chemistry 10 challenge exam. Check the Assessment Center website for information and appointments.


Preparing For The Assessment Tests

Information about the assessment tests and ways you can prepare can be found at the Assessment Center and Math Department websites.  


Retaking the Assessment Tests

Students 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 you.  


Assessment Test Waivers

Students who have taken a math or English course at another U.S. institution will have their transcripts reviewed by a counselor to determine whether they can be waived from one or both tests.  Students are encouraged to bring a copy of their most current transcript, verifying their grades, along with a course syllabus to their meeting with a counselor. 

Results of this review are generally given to students at the end of their new student Information Seminar session.  Students waived from both tests will be able to skip the assessment phase and go directly to meet with a counselor for schedule planning.  In some cases, the levels at other schools may not coincide with SMC’s levels and therefore, counselors may still advise students to take the assessment test. Students who did poorly at their previous school may also be advised to take the assessment test.

Counselors cannot input a waiver into the computer system without an official grade for the classes students are currently enrolled in.  Until then, the student may not be able to enroll into a math or ESL/ English class.  To avoid further delay in enrollment, students may choose to take the assessment test to release the assessment hold until their final grades are available.