Frequently Asked Questions
How does AB705 affect me?
As a result of Assembly Bill 705, effective November 1, 2018 we are no longer offering placement tests. Below are some frequently asked questions that will assist you in understanding this new process and guide you in understanding your English and Math course placement.
How will I know what English and Math classes to take?
Based on the information you provide (high school course grades, GPA) when you apply to Santa Ana College; the Assessment Center will send you an email with your English and Math course recommendations.
What if I don't have access to my transcripts or if I studied in another country?
Students who do not have access to their high school transcripts or studied outside the U.S. can take the Guided Self-Placement, which is available in our website. It will take about 5-10 business days for students to receive an email with their English and Math placement recommendation.
You can also chat with a Counselor by attending a Registration & Academic Advising Workshop or visiting the Counseling Center.
What is the next step for me while I wait for my placement recommendation?
If you are a NEW student at SAC, complete the new student orientation on Self-Service.
Access the New Student Orientation: Log into Self-Service account, click on the Academics option on the left navigation menu and follow the drop menu to the "New Student Orientation-SAC". Please allow 45 minutes to complete the online orientation.
What do I do after I complete the New Student Orientation?
After completing the orientation; sign up for a Registration & Academic Advising Workshop where you will meet with a counselor individually, after a brief group presentation, to discuss course selections and develop a two semester Abbreviated Educational Plan.
What services could I receive during my advisement session?
- Discuss your placement options based on your Career Academic Pathway.
- Help in selecting your Career Academic Pathway (major) and clarify your education goals.
- Discuss your high school transcripts, other educational history, work experience, specialize training, certificates, and other multiple measures; this information will help the counselor to better advise you.
- Choose the best courses for you.
- Receive assistance in registering for classes.
- Learn about the various options SAC has to assist you in paying for your classes.
What if I am able to register for classes already and cannot wait 5-10 days for an email with my placement recommendations?
You can chat with a Counselor during drop-in hours in the Counseling Center.
Can I still take the placement test if I want to?
No, for purposes of placement recommendations for English and Math we need to use students' HS GPA/Grades, Guided Self-Placement, and other multiple measures.
What if I already have an AA degree or higher, do I still need to complete the orientation or Guided Self-Placement?
No, students with an AA degree or higher are exempt from 3SP requirements, which include placement, orientation and educational planning.
Student can visit the Counseling Center website for additional information or call the Counseling Center at (714) 564-6103.