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Assessment & Placement at Southwestern College has changed!

Entering students do not need to take an assessment test any longer.

Southwestern College's placement process is now based on multiple measures of student achievement to give a more complete picture of who each student is and what they need. Our placement system also places most incoming students so that they can have access to transferable math and English courses within their first year! 

There are different processes depending on what kind of information is available to us about a student's academic record. Look below to understand how placement will work in your situation.

The Assessment and Prerequisites Services Center provides timely and thorough assessment of student skill levels in English, reading and mathematics to provide placements. We also work with students to use assessments and coursework from other institutions to see if they can be used to meet course and program prerequisites at Southwestern College. More information about requisites, prerequisite services and using external assessment results can be found on the Prerequisites page of this website.

In the Assessment Center, a highly qualified and trained staff ensures a secure yet relaxed assessment environment aimed at minimizing student anxiety and increasing student success.

Individualized accommodations are available to meet the needs of students with disabilities - Please contact Disability Support Services at (619) 482-6512 or TTY (619) 492-6470.

Southwestern College offers assessment services to all students to improve their chances of success.

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We are here to support each of our student’s needs. Chat live on Cranium Café by finding an online staff member below. To learn more, visit the Virtual Chat webpage. Our student service specialists have their hours of availability listed on their profile cards. If a team member's hours are not reflective of their availability, they are likely supporting another student. We give each of our students the individual attention and time they deserve. Thank you for your patience.

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