Placement Appeals & Challenges

Prior to Summer 2019, Saddleback College students may have received their initial Math and English placement from assessment exams (CTEP, MDTP, Accuplacer) or the evaluation of alternative evidence. Continuing and Returning students who received a placement for a basic skills course like ENG 390 or MATH 351 may need to submit an AB 705 Placement Review to gain access to college-level math and English courses. Further detail is available below. Students who previously completed an ESL assessment exam may schedule a Counseling appointment for current placement. Further detail is available under the English as a Second Language (ESL) menu item to the right.

AB 705 Placement Review

With the passage of Assembly Bill 705, Saddleback College is giving all Continuing and Returning students the opportunity to submit a placement review request if they previously received placement for math and/or English courses that were below college level, excluding ESL placement results. In most cases, a placement review will result in an improved placement. As of Fall 2019, Saddleback College's Baseline Math and English placement levels are as follows:

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

If you previously received a math and/or English placement from our assessment exams that is lower than the classes listed above, you may be eligible for higher placement. Click on the form linked below to submit a request for placement review.
AB 705 Placement Review Form

Challenge and Appeal Options

If a student has received initial Math and English placement from the Guided Self Placement (GSP) tool and believes this placement is not indicative of their skill level or completed coursework, they may need to submit evidence for prerequisite clearance to receive higher placement. GSP only factors in available high school transcript data for initial Math and English placement. Prerequisite clearance methods, including accepted evidence, is available under the Clearing Prerequisites menu item. A student who has exhausted all prerequisite clearance methods, like submitting other college transcripts or AP Exam scores for evaluation, may consider the college's Challenge and/or Appeal options.
For more information about all available Challenge and/or Appeal options, please view the sub-menu links in the red menu on the right.

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