Placement Requirements

You are required to complete both English/ESL and math placements if:

  • Enrolling in more than six (6) units during your first semester (fall or spring) and your educational goal is to get a degree or certificate, transfer, of pursuing basic skills instruction; or

  • Enrolling in an English, ESL, or math class for the first time; or

  • Completed your first semester at SMC and did not complete the mandatory placement process, but now wish to enroll in a second regular semester (fall or spring) even if you are not planning to take English/ESL, math, or chemistry.


You may be temporarily waived from placements if you are:

  • Enrolling in only up to six (6) units during your first semester (fall or spring) AND not enrolling in English/ESL, math, or chemistry classes.

  • Enrolling in only winter or summer classes (not in English/ESL, math, or chemistry classes).

Waivers Process

If you have completed college coursework, AP exams, or have CAASPP results, you may submit a waivers request through SMC's Waivers and Exemptions process.

Accepting Other Schools' Placement Processes

You must complete the SMC placement process to be eligible to enroll in SMC classes. SMC will not accept other schools' placement recommendations.