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Information for Out-Of-Area Students

Unless you qualify for an alternative/exemption to testing, all first-time-in-any-college students are required to complete New Student Assessment before registering for classes. Out-of-area students may choose one of the following options to meet their New Student Assessment requirement at Santa Barbara City College:

1) Drop-In Assessment: Testing for Spring 2015 enrollment is offered on a drop-in basis in the Assessment Center Computer Lab from October 27 - January 16. Late testing continues during the first week of classes (through January 23). Consult the monthly list of drop-in testing hours carefully (hours vary) and plan to test on a scheduled testing day/time. No appointment is required but all tests must be completed by closing. Be sure to bring your completed REAP test preparation & check-in sheet with you to drop-in testing.

Note: If you need extended time or another accommodation for disability, you must make arrangements with SBCC's Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS) Department prior to testing. For more information, visit To make an appointment for testing with an accommodation, call (805) 730-4164.

2) Assessment Deferral: If traveling to Santa Barbara to complete Assessment presents a significant financial/personal hardship, out-of-area students have the option to temporarily defer (postpone) Assessment. Deferring math and/or English Assessment will temporarily clear your new student Assessment hold, but you will be unable to register for math and/or English courses or courses with math and/or English prerequisites until testing is completed. In order to register for courses that do not require testing, you will need to complete New Student Orientation and Academic Advising online and submit the Request For Assessment Deferral contract (see below). Plan to test soon after you arrive in Santa Barbara.

Out-of-area students seeking to defer Assessment must download and submit the Request For Assessment Deferral contract, which may be mailed or faxed to the Assessment Office (see form for specific contact information). Note: Once received, your request will be processed within two business days. You will not be individually notified that your request has been approved, but you may check under the 'Registration' area of your Pipeline account to verify that your New Student Assessment hold has been cleared. Students will only be individually notified via SBCC Pipeline email if their deferral request is denied.

Note: The Assessment deferral option is not ideal for first-time college students with a goal of obtaining a degree, certificate or transferring to a four-year university. Counselors strongly advise it is important to begin taking math and English early in your college career to meet your educational goals in a timely and successful manner.

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