Returning and Current Students

Students who have completed their assessment tests and would like to retake English, ESL or math assessments should do the following:

Check retest policy:

English and Math

Students may retest in math, reading and English one time following a 24 hour wait period. After the second test, students may retest with a Counselor Referral after a minimum  waiting period of 4 months. Students should see their Counselor to discuss the retest referral.

♦ No English assessment retest may occur until the results of the English Essay have been posted, if applicable.

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Retesting is only allowed with approval from the ESL Department. Students should contact the ESL Department on the campus where the last ESL test was taken. SCC students wishing to discuss the ESL challenge process should go to the Language and Literature Division Office in Rodda Hall South Room 226.

    Check expiration policy:

Effective February 16, 2013, District rules have changed regarding the expiration date of your assessment/placement results.

To calculate your assessment expiration date for assessment tests taken after February 16, 2013, go to either the September 15th or February 15th date that follows your test date (whichever comes first) and add two calendar years. Your assessment results will be valid proof of prerequisites for classes beginning before that expiration date. If the class you want to take begins after the expiration date of your assessment results, then you must retake the assessment test.

For Example:

If you took the assessment between:Your assessment expires:
February 16, 2013 and September 15, 2013September 15, 2015
September 16, 2013 and February 15, 2014February 15, 2016
February 16, 2014 and September 15, 2014September 15, 2016
September 16, 2014 and February 15, 2015February 15, 2017

NOTE: Students who assessed prior to February 16, 2013 – your assessment placements will be valid 3 calendar years (36months) from the date of the test.


  • Students whose assessment results have expired and who are ready to retest for English, ESL or math courses please see Testing Schedule in the menu bar above for more information.
  • Students who completed English or ESL and math coursework should have their unofficial transcript reviewed by a counselor prior repeating assessments.

What to do after completing assessment testing:

  • Call the Counseling Center at (916) 558-2204 to schedule an appointment
  • Bring your assessment results, high school and college transcripts to your counseling appointment