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Alternatives to Testing

You are not required to take the assessment tests if you have acceptable scores on certain national exams such as Advanced Placement, or if you have successfully completed certain math or English courses at another college. In some instances, students can use test scores from another college for placement into classes at Santa Barbara City College.  See  English and math test alternatives below for specific exemptions.
If you have one or more of the alternatives to testing listed below you will need to submit documentation (an official transcript, score report, etc.) and Prerequisite Verification FORM A. For more information on specific deadlines and the required steps for clearance go to the Prerequisite site. Note: English AP score of 3, SAT, ACT, UC and CSU (with the exception of EAP) exam results require an official high school transcript and a counselor conference during your first semester. Please take your score report and transcript to Counseling for review.

English Test Alternatives
(1) Advanced Placement English exam score of 3, 4, 5  (2) International Baccalaureate English Exam score of 5 or higher  (3) SAT Critical Reading score of 500 or above  (4) ACT English test score of 22 or above  (5) Proof of AWPE exam passage at UC, or EPT exam passage at CSU  (6) EAP exam passage at CSU, pilot for 2010-2015 only - Note: 'conditional' status not acceptable  (7) Equivalent English 110 (Freshman Composition) course, completed with a grade of "C" or better at another college  (8) B.A. or B.S. degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.

Math Test Alternatives
(1) Advanced Placement Calculus AB or BC exam score of 3, 4, 5  (2) Advanced Placement Statistics exam score of 3, 4, 5  (3) Equivalent prerequisite math course from another college, completed with a grade of "C" or better  (4) Qualifying raw score report from an MDTP math test taken at another California Community College. Provide score to the Assessment Office.  (5) EAP exam passage at CSU, pilot for 2010-2015 only - Note: 'conditional' status not acceptable  (6) Student elects to begin at the Math 1, Basic Math level (Student must notify Assessment staff for option number 6).

Important: Contact the Assessment Office, Room SS-251, (805) 730-4149 for more information or to confirm whether or not your particular score or course is one that can be used at SBCC.

A student may also petition to challenge a prerequisite based upon (1) knowledge or ability to succeed, (2) prerequisite course has not been made reasonably available, (3) the prerequisite is not valid, (4) prerequisite is discriminatory, and (5) prerequisite was not established in accordance with the District's process for establishing prerequisites. Supporting documentation and Prerequisite Verification FORM B is required. Visit the Prerequisite site for more information on specific deadlines and the required steps for clearance.

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