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Information for Out-Of-Area Students

Unless you qualify for an alternative to testing, most new to college students are required to complete New Student Assessment before registering for classes.

If you live outside the Santa Barbara area please choose one of the following options to meet your new student Assessment requirement: 



By Appointment Only (see directions below for making an appointment)

CHECK IN FOR TESTING BETWEEN 8:30 and 10:00 a.m.

**All tests must be completed before 1:00 p.m. Allow 2 hours for English. Allow 1 hour for Math Test #1, 2, or 3 and 2 hours for Math Test #4.

LOCATION: Assessment Lab, upstairs in the Student Services Building. 

SPECIAL ADVISING SESSION: From 1 - 3:00 p.m. an Academic Counselor will lead a group new student advising session in the Assessment Lab. We encourage you to stay for this session to learn more about which classes to take at SBCC and how to register for them.

TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT for Saturday, August 20, send an email to including:
  1. Your first and last name
  2. Your SBCC Student I.D. (K) number
  3. Which test(s) you plan to take
  4. Whether or not you plan to attend the Advising Session from 1 - 3:00 p.m.
Note: If you need extended time or another accommodation for disability, please email or call (805) 730-4164 to make an appointment for Saturday testing. 


Testing for Summer and Fall 2016 enrollment is offered on a drop-in basis in the Assessment Center Computer Lab from March 14 - August 26. 

Check the drop-in testing hours carefully (hours and testing days vary) and plan to test on a scheduled testing day/time. No appointment is required but all tests must be completed by closing. Be sure to bring your completed REAP test preparation & check-in sheet and a photo I.D. with you to drop-in testing.

Note: If you need extended time or another accommodation for disability, you must make arrangements with SBCC's Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS) Department prior to testing. To make arrangements for testing with an accommodation, email or call (805) 730-4164. 



If traveling to Santa Barbara to complete Assessment presents a significant financial/personal hardship, out-of-area students have the option to temporarily defer (postpone) Assessment. Deferring math and/or English Assessment will temporarily clear your new student Assessment hold, but you will be unable to register for math and/or English courses or courses with math and/or English prerequisites until testing is completed.

In order to register for courses that do not require testing, you will need to complete New Student Orientation and Academic Advising online and submit the Request For Assessment Deferral contract (see below). Plan to test soon after you arrive in Santa Barbara.

Out of area students seeking to defer Assessment must download and submit the Request For Assessment Deferral contract, which may be mailed, emailed, or faxed to the Assessment Office (see form for specific contact information). Note: Once received, your request will be processed within two business days. You will not be individually notified that your request has been approved, but you may check under the 'Registration' area of your Pipeline account to verify that your New Student Assessment hold has been cleared. Students will only be individually notified via SBCC Pipeline email if their deferral request is denied.

Note: The Assessment deferral option is not ideal for first-time college students with a goal of obtaining a degree, certificate or transferring to a four-year university. Counselors strongly advise it is important to begin taking math and English early in your college career to meet your educational goals in a timely and successful manner.

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