Assessment Center


Phone: (619) 482-6385

Appropriate and accurate placement improves students’ chances for success.

The Southwestern College Placement and Prerequisites Center provides comprehensive and timely placements for students in English, reading, mathematics, and English as a Second Language course sequences. Up to date information about how to get your placements is available on the Assessment Center website.

The Center also provides Prerequisite services for students looking to use coursework from other colleges and universities required to satisfy requisites for courses at Southwestern College. Current information about how you can satisfy course and program requirements is available on the Prerequisites website.

Highly qualified and trained staff ensure students receive appropriate placements, help students to understand their course placements, and evaluate coursework from other colleges and universities for satisfaction of requisite skill(s).

Students from US high schools will be placed into transfer-level or college-level courses to help them achieve their goals. Placement and Prerequisites Center staff are here to assist students in understanding those placements and ensuring the placements are accurate.

The Placement and Prerequisites Center also provides Guided Placement services in the Center’s Lab and remotely for students who are educated outside of the United States, have a high school equivalency, or have other situations that do not allow for a placement using high school course and grade information.

Individualized accommodations are provided to meet the needs of students with disabilities upon request from Disability Support Services.

All students should receive a comprehensive report summarizing their placement results and information about next steps via email or in person on completion of placement processes.

Placement recommendations and existing prerequisite approvals can be viewed in the student's online Academic Profile.