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Prerequisite Help (for currently registering students only):

If you received a "prerequisite not met" message while registering for class your eligibility has not been cleared in the College computer system. You will either need to test to qualify or provide official documentation demonstrating satisfaction of the prerequisite. For English and math prerequisites, read the information regarding Alternatives to Testing at the Assessment Help site. If you do not qualify for an alternative to testing, you are required to take an assessment test prior to registration. View the testing schedule at the Assessment Help site. If you plan to use coursework from a previous college or a test score (i.e. AP, EAP, etc.) to meet a specific course prerequisite at SBCC, you must submit an official transcript and/or test score report along with Prerequisite Challenge Form A to the Prerequisites Office for review and possible exemption from testing.

You may also mail your Prerequisite Challenge Form with your official college transcript and/or test score information to the Prerequisites Office. Note: all test score information must be accompanied by a high school transcript for counselor review.

Santa Barbara City College Transcript Analyst
721 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara CA 93109-2394

More Prerequisite Information:

Prerequisite course completion is enforced at registration. Students may test into English 60-110, Math 1-150, Psychology 150 and any English-as-a Second-Language Reading, Writing or Grammar course.

If you completed an equivalent prerequisite course at another college, official transcript review and approval is required prior to registration. Note: equivalency is determined by Santa Barbara City College. Check specific course prerequisite requirements for any class in which you intend to register by clicking on the CRN in the online Schedule of Classes or reading the College Catalog. For more information and to submit prerequisite challenge documentation, visit the Prerequisite site.

English Prerequisite Policy: Any student who has not been enrolled in an English course from English 60 – 110 at Santa Barbara City College is required to place by examination prior to registration. Check Alternatives to Testing to determine whether or not you are required to test. Transfer students: Freshman Composition is the only course reviewed for English placement purposes. A grade of ‘C’ or better is required on the official college transcript as well as a catalog course description for out-of-state and private institutions.

Math Prerequisite Policy: Any student who has not been enrolled in a mathematics course at Santa Barbara City College is required to place by examination prior to registering in any math class from Math 1 – Math 150. Students who wish to begin at the Math 1 level may request a test waiver by contacting the Assessment or Counseling Centers. Check Alternatives to Testing to determine whether or not you are required to test. Transfer students may use any equivalent math course at another college (completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better) to satisfy a math prerequisite. A catalog course description is required for any college outside of the California Community College system. Please note: Statistics in not a prerequisite for any math course at SBCC.


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