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

Formerly the Assessment Center.

Walk-In Hours

Testing hours have been suspended until further notice. 

Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Office Hours

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

*Hours are subject to change without prior notice.


The Success and Engagement Center is closed to in-person services until June 16th. 

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


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


The Success and Engagement Center at SMC has temporarily suspended in-person services, including ESL Assessments and Math Challenges, including proctoring. We are working on remote solutions to your SMC testing needs. 

Please check the Chemistry Challenge 

Exam page for information on how to complete the Chem 11 challenge. 

The Success and Engagement Center is here to help you with limited services via phone or email.  

​​​All up to the minute information regarding policies and procedures related to COVID-19 can be found online at www.smc.edu/Coronavirus​ ​

English and Math Placement is Changing Summer/Fall 2019

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 not needed. Visit the Success and Engagement Center, formally the Assessment Center during walk-in hours.

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.