Math Prerequisites

Students that have completed one of the accepted methods of Alternative Evidence may use such evidence to clear a math prerequisite at Saddleback College. Please see all accepted methods of evidence used to clear a math prerequisite below:


High School Transcripts

District versions of a high school transcript Students may submit an unofficial or official school or district issued copy (not a school portal version) of their high school transcripts showing successful completion of math courses completed through the 11th grade (3 years of data on a single transcript is required) with an adequate overall non-weighted GPA.
Please note: foreign and home school transcripts are not accepted and some out of state transcripts may not qualify.

A District transcript looks similar to the image on the right:
Course placement uses a Non-Weighted GPA similar to the box
below which is usually located at the bottom of your high school transcript:

High school transcript non-weighted GPA

Note: Students can only clear prerequisites as high as Math 3A with a high school transcript.

Other U.S. Regionally Accredited College Transcripts

Students that have completed coursework at other U.S. accredited college with completed and passed math courses with a grade of C or better may submit an unofficial or official transcript to clear a math prerequisite.

  • All courses to be evaluated MUST be included on a transcript from where the course was taken. Transfer credits on a different college transcript cannot be used.
  • All unofficial College transcripts MUST include the student's name, the college name or logo.
  • Photos of documents taken with a phone or a camera cannot be used for prerequisite evaluations.
  • All courses to be evaluated must be completed and have a letter (C or above) or a credit (CR) grade.
  • Degree Audits or Checks are not considered transcripts and cannot be used for prerequisite evaluations.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Students that have submitted official copies of their transcripts to Saddleback College will not automatically have prerequisites courses evaluated. It is the Students responsibility to submit evaluation requests to the Matriculation office or the appropriate division office to have prerequisites cleared.

AP Calculus or Stats Exam Scores

Students may submit an AP Calculus AB or BC exam score report with a score of 3 or higher. AP Stats exams with a score of 3 or higher can only be used to clear the Psychology 2 prerequisite.

Note: You must submit original College Board AP English/Calculus results with a score of 3 or higher to be accepted. If you are submitting the online version, please click on the "Download Score Report" link (see below) and submit that copy for evaluation.

Screenshot pointing to the link that says "Download Your Score Report"

Clearing an Math Prerequisite with a Challenge Exam

If a student does not have any of the accepted evidence listed above, they may contact the Matriculation Office to set up an appointment to take a math prerequisite challenge exam.

  • Schedule a math prerequisite challenge exam by calling the Matriculation Office at 949-582-4970.
  • Challenge exam results take 24 hours to post on MySite and clear prerequisites.
  • Students that are required to complete the Matriculation Process must do so before scheduling a math prerequisite challenge exam.

Note: Students can only clear prerequisites as high as Math 3A by taking the challenge exam.