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Information for Out-Of-Area Students

Unless you qualify for an alternative/exemption 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, & Counseling Information Session: Saturday testing will be offered on a limited basis during the months of March, April, and May. Consult the following list of Saturday test dates and plan to test on a Saturday that works best for your schedule. Additionally, you may choose to attend a campus tour and/or Counseling Information Session on the same day as your test. Testing on any one of the following Saturday test dates will guarantee test results in time for Fall 2014 new student priority registration:

  • March 29: Note: There will be no Counseling Information Session offered on this day.
  • April 12: FULL
  • April 26: FULL
  • May 10: FULL
  • May 17: FULL *Please plan to complete Assessment during drop-in testing hours

Space is limited and an appointment is required. Click here to make an appointment for Saturday testing. Important: SBCC Pipeline login required. Hint: 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 To make an appointment for testing with an accommodation, call (805) 730-4164.

2) Drop-In Assessment: Testing for Summer or Fall 2014 enrollment is also offered on a drop-in basis in the Assessment Center Computer Lab from April - August. Consult the monthly list of drop-in testing hours carefully (hours 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: New Student Orientation and Academic Advising may be completed online, but 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. Plan to test soon after you arrive in Santa Barbara. The Assessment deferral option is not ideal for first-time college students with a goal of obtaining a degree 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.

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.

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