Success Center

Retesting Policies


Retesting in English or Math

Under AB 705, English and math placements do not expire. If you have questions or concerns regarding your placements, please speak with a counselor, current SMC English or math instructor, or email the Success and Engagement Center Center at to discuss your options.

Retesting in English as a Second Language (ESL)

You may retest two weeks after your initial placement exam was completed, provided you have not registered in the class for which you are retesting. After that, retesting is permitted once every two calendar years, provided you have not started the course sequence for the test you wish to retake.

Expiration of ESL Placement Results

English as a Second Language(ESL) assessment results are valid for two calendar years. Please make sure you enroll in the courses before the results expire. Once your results expire, you will be blocked from enrolling and will need to reassess.

Chemistry Challenge

Retesting for the Chemistry Challenge is permitted twice within the calendar year (calendar year is defined as the date of when your 1st test was completed). You may retest only once after two weeks has passed.