Information for Out-Of-Area Students
Unless you qualify for an alternative to testing, all first-time-in-any-college students are required to complete New Student Assessment before registering for classes.
Out of area students may choose one of the following options to meet their New Student
Assessment requirement at Santa Barbara City College:
1) Saturday Assessment, Campus Tour, and Counseling Information Session
Attending a Saturday Assessment is the best option for students who live outside the Santa Barbara area. Students will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the SBCC campus and participate in an in-person counseling information session immediately following the test. The Saturday schedule of events will be as follows:
- 9:30 a.m. Campus Tour begins in front of the Administration Building
- 11 a.m. English test
- 1:15 p.m. Math test
- 2:30-3:45 pm. Counseling Information Session
- Note: Both tests and the Counseling Information Session will be held in the Administration Building, Room A-211.
Consult the following list of test dates and plan to test on a day that works best for your schedule. For most new students, testing on any of the dates listed below will guarantee test results in time for Fall 2015 priority registration. You may check your individual registration day/time on Pipeline.
Space is limited and an appointment is required. Click here to make an appointment for Saturday testing. Important: SBCC Pipeline login is required to access the appointment form. You will
need to log out of any open Gmail sessions on your browser in order for the appointment
form to work.
Note: If you need extended time or another accommodation for disability, do not make an appointment online. You must make alternate testing arrangements with SBCC's Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS) Department prior to testing. For more information, visit sbcc.edu/dsps. To make an appointment for testing with an accommodation, call (805) 730-4164.
2) Drop-In Assessment
Testing for Summer and Fall 2015 enrollment is also offered on a drop-in basis in the Assessment Center Computer Lab from March 16 - August 21. Late testing continues during the first week of Fall classes (through August 28). Note: Tuesday, May 19 is the final day to test for Summer 1 enrollment and Tuesday, June 30 is the final day to test for Summer 2 enrollment.
Consult the monthly list of 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 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. For more information, visit sbcc.edu/dsps. To make an appointment for testing with an accommodation, call (805) 730-4164.
3) Assessment Deferral
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 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.