​​​​​​Welcome to SMC Success and Engagement Center!

Formally the Assessment Center.

Due to COVID-19, there is no in-person testing. Click "Sign-Up" below for a remote testing appointment for ESL Placement, Chemistry 11, or Geometry Math Challenges.

Walk-In Hours

Closed for inperson testing. Remote tesitng available for SMC students.  

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday:
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


​Student Services Center (SSC)  1st Floor : PDF FileMap
1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405


Phone: (310) 434-8040
Fax: (310) 434-8019​


Due to the high demand for testing, we cannot guarantee the availability of future appointments. Rescheduling for a later date could impact your enrollment.

English and Math Placement

Due to the passage of Assembly Bill 705 (AB 705), new students will be placed into math and English classes one of two ways: using high school GPA/coursework information, or Guided Self-Placement. Read more about the placement process.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Placement

ESL placement tests are still required for any student wanting to take credit ESL classes. Appointments are currently needed for all ESL placement exams. Please click on the link above to sign up. 

Government-Issued Photo ID Required for Testing

  • Valid government-issued photo identification such as passport, driver's license, state ID, or high school picture ID card, is required for testing.

  • Undocumented students may present their high school ID, yearbook, matricular/consular ID card, or a financial institution's card having a picture on it.

  • The Success and Engagement Center reserves the right to ask for a secondary form of ID. A student ID card may be used only as a secondary form of identification.

  • You cannot assess for a course you are currently enrolled or been enrolled in within the last 2 years. For example: if you are enrolled in an ESL class, you will not be eligible to retake the ESL placement test again. Same applies for Chemistry.

  • All acts of impersonation attempted an impersonation, use of fraudulent ID cards/passports will be reported to the College Police and Student Judicial Affairs for adjudication. College Police will refer all such cases to the City Attorney ’s Office for criminal prosecution.