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Placement Recommendation and Testing

Attention High School Seniors - If you are participating in Early Welcome, please contact the SCC Outreach Office:  714-628-4808

English, Math and/or Reading Assessment:

If you are planning to enroll in English, math and/or reading courses, a placement test is no longer required.  High school performance and/or Guided Self-Placement will be used to provide you with course recommendations.

First Steps:

  1. New students must first apply to the college
  2. English, math and/or reading placement will be based on either
    High School Performance or Guided Self-Placement.  For a detailed explanation of each placement method, please continue reading below: 

Recommendation based on High School Performance:

If you have attended or graduated high school within the last ten (10) years, SCC will use information you entered on your college application pertaining to your high school non-weighted grade point average (GPA), completion of high school coursework and grades to generate recommendations for English, math and reading courses.  Shortly after submitting a complete application to attend SCC and receiving your Welcome Letter, you will receive an e-mail with course recommendations for English, math and reading based on your high school performance.  If you have questions about your English, math and reading placement recommendations, please visit the Counseling Center in room D-106.

Recommendation based on Guided Self-Placement:

If you have been out of high school for more than ten (10) years or fall into other circumstances where the high school performance method cannot be applied, you will need to complete the Guided Self-Placement process.  Shortly after submitting a complete application to attend SCC and receiving your Welcome Letter, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to access and complete the Guided Self-Placement tool.  Once you have completed the Guided Self-Placement tool, you will receive an e-mail within 3-5 working days (weekends and holidays excluded) with course recommendations.  We encourage you to visit the Counseling Center in room D-106 to review your results and discuss course selection.

Chemistry Placement Test

For students wishing to complete advanced Chemistry coursework at SCC, the Testing Center also offers placement testing for Chemistry 200A - General Chemistry A. Contact the Testing Center at 714-628-4812 or the Counseling Center at 714-628-4800.

Please ensure that you have already applied to the college, and have your 7-digit SCC student ID number available, before you call to schedule a Chemistry placement testing appointment.

 

Test Results and/or Coursework from Other Colleges:

Recent placement results from other colleges (in the last two years for English or in the last year for math) may be accepted. Students must bring official copies of placement test results to the SCC Counseling Center (D-106) for verification and course prerequisite clearance. For more information on course prerequisite clearance, click here.

 

ATTENTION CONTINUING STUDENTS: 

If you are a continuing student and want to receive a placement recommendation for English, math and/or reading courses, please visit the Counseling Center in room D-106 to discuss your placement options.  For more information, contact the Counseling Center ​at 714-628-4800.  

 

Questions

If you have additional questions, call the Testing Center at 714-628-4812 or the Counseling Center at 714-628-4800.

 

Disability-Related Accommodations

Students who require disability-related accommodations for assessment should contact Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) at 714-628-4860.