Placement Appeals & Challenges

If the student believes that their course placement recommendation from their placement exams, evaluation of their alternative evidence or placement provided through the Guided Self Placement tool is not indicative of his/her abilities, they may take advantage of the Challenge and/or Appeal options. Students use these options if they have exhausted all other methods of clearing a prerequisite. Please see the sub-menu links from the red menu on the right for more information.

AB 705 Placement Reviews

With the introduction of Assembly Bill 705, Saddleback College is giving all students that received placement for math and/or English that were below college level the opportunity to submit a placement review request which in most cases will upgrade your placement. The minimum or "Baseline" placement levels as of Fall 2019 are as follows:

  • Math: 103, 14, 10, 10+210, 7+207, 8+208 and 124+224
  • English: 1A+201 and 1A

If your placement is lower than the classes listed above, please complete the form linked below to submit a placement review request.

AB 705 Placement Review Form

Challenge Exams

Students that have received a placement that is lower than their abilities can take the Math Challenge exam to attempt to clear the prerequisite for the higher level course.

Challenge Exam Schedule

Challenge Exam Re-Test Policies

Students that wish to take one or more of the challenge exams again must follow the re-test policies set forth by the Math, Reading and English departments.

Reading: Students may take the Reading placement exam 2 times per semester with a two week period between exams dates.

English: Students may take the English placement exam 2 times per semester with a two week period between exams dates.

Math: Students may take the same Math level placement 2 times per semester with a two week period between exams dates. There is no waiting period to take a different level math exam.

Locating Your Challenge Results in MySite

Updated placements are posted in date order so you may need to scroll to the bottom of the list to see your most current placement level.

Obtaining your Math and/or English challenge results

  1. Click on the link that reads: My Information
  2. Click on the link that reads: Matriculation
  3. Click on the link that reads: Placement Info