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Alternative Placement

Guided-Self Placement:  Per AB 705, students have the right to complete our locally developed process for self-placement into English and math. ​

​For English Guided-Self Placement, students who do not place into ENG-1A directly may ​opt-out of ENG-91 by completing a simple form; click here for further information.  

For math Guided-Self Placement, students must visit with a counselor (schedule online counseling​ appointment​​) to discuss appropriate placement. In certain circumstances, some students will be referred to the math department chair for further assistance in self-placement.​

​Advanced Placement (AP) Test: ​Students will be granted credit for Advanced Placement examinations with a score of 3, 4, or 5 in specified subject areas. Advanced Placement subject credit is granted for the fulfillment of Riverside Community College District programs only. Other colleges or universities may have different policies concerning Advanced Placement. Therefore, the transfer institution will reevaluate the Advanced Placement scores based upon their own college policies.

Students who have successfully completed AP exams with scores of 3, 4, or 5 may earn credit towards RCCD GE and graduation requirements, IGETC, and CSU GE Breadth Certifications. Please see the AP Credit chart in the college catalog for specific information on how AP credits are applied to each of these categories. Official AP scores must be sent to the Admissions and Records office for official evaluation.

Students who do not have their official AP transcript on file who wish to use their AP scores to validate a prerequisite may submit an unofficial College Board transcript and complete a Matriculation Appeal Petition in the Counseling Office to validate a prerequisite for one term. Future validations based on transcripts will require official transcripts on file.

New students who validate AP scores of 3, 4, or 5 in English and/or math exams included in the AP Credit Chart will not need to take the placement test in that subject.

Early Assessment Program (EAP) Test: Students who participated in the Smarter Balanced EAP (Early Assessment Program) as part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASP​P) in their junior year of high school, may be able to clear both or one section of the placement test. 

It is important to note that EAP results must be used within two years from the date of your CAASPP test. Completion of the placement test is required if EAP results are over two years. Please plan accordingly. For more information on the Early Assessment Program (EAP), click HERE.​ ​