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SMC|Enrollment Development|International Education Center|F-1 Student Request for Placement and Prerequisite Waivers

F-1 Student Request for Placement and Prerequisite Waivers


If you have successfully completed English composition (not ESL) and/or mathematics at a U.S. college or university, you may submit your request for a preliminary review of your College-level English and math classes.  This m​​ight determine whether or not you have to take the ESL/English and math assessments at Santa Monica College and possibly waive you into the appropriate level of English/math courses.  You will be notified of the decision via your SMC e-mail.​


The International Counseling office will only process the following waivers:

·         English

·         Math

*This process may take up to two weeks.


General Instructions to Obtain an Assessment Waiver or English/math Placement

Placement and prerequisite waivers may be granted under specific circumstances noted below.  Please read the appropriate section to determine if your request will qualify.  Be sure to follow the procedure as outlined and provide the necessary information or a decision will not be made.

 

U.S. College Coursework Only - Not available for Overseas Coursework

Courses must have been completed with a grade of C or higher.

Provide the following information and documents via e-mail or ground mail:

1.       Your full name, SMC student I.D. number, application I.D. number, and date of birth.

2.       Course descriptions for mathematics courses.

3.       Course syllabi for English composition courses.

Additional information may be required by the Counselor reviewing your request.  You will be contacted via your SMC e-mail.


Advanced Placement Score

College Board Advanced Placement test results may be used to determine your eligibility for English and math courses.  

Provide the following information and documents via e-mail or ground mail:

1.       Your full name, SMC student I.D. number, application I.D. number, and date of birth.

2.       Copy of your AP scores with a minimum score of 3.​

 

Other courses completed at a U.S. college or universities or other AP results will be reviewed when you meet with a Counselor on campus.  Be sure to bring the most current transcript and complete AP results. 

 

 

Send the above material information to either:

E-mail               IntlCounselor@smc.edu

Ground Mail       Santa Monica College

 International Counseling

                         1900 Pico Blvd.

                         Santa Monica, CA 90405​

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