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SCC Testing Policies

The following testing policies were developed by the Math, Reading, and English/American College English faculties.  Please read carefully, as they may affect when you decide to take the placement tests.
PHOTO I.D. IS REQUIRED FOR ALL TESTING
Math Department Testing Policy
  1. A student may take a different level math test at any time, but a student may not take the same level test more than one time in any semester (4 months).  I a student tested within the last semester, he/she must have permission from a faculty member* to retest at the same level on an alternate form (except level 2).  Students who retest will be given the alternate test form, and may only retst once every four months.
  2. If a student has taken a math placement test at SCC or SAC and does not enroll in a math course for 1 year, he/she must retest.
  3. Once a student has been placed in a course sequence, he/she must complete the course sequence and may not skip courses by testing.  Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis by a math faculty member. 
American College English (ACE) Department Testing Policy
  1. Students shall be allowed to test once per 2 year period.
  2. If a student has taken an ACE placement test at SCC and does not enroll in an ACE class for two years, he/she must retest.
  3. Once a student has been placed in a course sequence, he/she must complete the course sequence and may not skip courses by testing.  Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis by an ACE faculty member. 
English Department Testing Policy
  1. Students shall be allowed to test once a year.
  2. The English test is valid for 2 years.
  3. If a student has taken an English placement test at SCC or SAC and does not enroll in an English class for 2 years, he/she must retest.
  4. Once a student has been placed in a course sequence, he/she must complete the course sequence and may not skip courses by testing.  Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis by an English faculty member.
 Reading Department Testing Policy
  1. Students shall be allowed to test once a year.
  2. Test scores will be valid indefinitely.  If a student has taken a reading placement test at SCC or SAC, he/she will not be required to retest. 
For more information, contact the Counseling Center at 714-628-4800.
* A faculty member can be a member of the discipline, or a counselor