Challenge Form Instructions

If you have completed the prerequisite at another institution, do not use this form. Please use the Prerequisite Form instead.

Procedures for Challenging pre- or co-requisites

  1. Fill in all required fields
  2. Include documentation.
  3. Complete the Personal Statement explaining why you believe your challenge should be approved
  4. Your request will be evaluated by a challenge review committee and a written response will be available within five (5) instructional days. Response will be emailed to the address you provide
  5. Decisions by the Challenge Review Committee are final
    • Upon approval of the challenge, you will be eligible to enroll in the class requested IF SPACE IS AVAILABLE.
    • If no space is available at the time the challenge is approved, the challenge will be resolved prior to the beginning of registration for the next term. If the challenge is upheld, you shall be permitted to enroll if space is available when you register for the subsequent term.(Title 5, Section 55201)
    • NO UNITS WILL BE GRANTED FOR SUCCESSFULLY CHALLENGED COURSES BY THIS PROCESS. TO CHALLENGE A COURSE FOR CREDIT, REFER TO THE PROCESS FOR EARNING CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
    • Some of the grounds for challenge REQUIRE that you support your challenge with documentation. Failure to attach this information will result in a disapproved challenge. You may also be requested to provide specific information to the challenge review committee. See below for additional information about supporting documentation.
    • Criterion #5: Some courses are limited to students who must (1) try out or audition in order to be accepted into the course(ex: athletics or performance courses); (2) meet specific criteria, such as Honors.
    • To challenge an English class, a one hour timed essay must be written in the Assessment Center or Counseling Office under the supervision of a proctor. A topic will be provided.

Departmental Specifics

English Challenges

If challenging English placement, do not use this form. Instead, you must write a one hour timed essay in the Assessment Center during normal assessment hours. Please see the Assessment Schedule. You do not need to make an appointment.

Math Challenges

Students who are challenging a math prerequisite under option #4 must provide DOCUMENTATION indicating that they have acquired the prerequisite math skills for the course in which they are attempting to enroll. This documentation might include transcripts, copies of old exams, homework, etc., or a statement from a previous instructor attesting to the student's math skills. A written statement by the student or the current instructor will not be considered sufficient evidence alone to approve the challenge.

Philosophy Challenges

Possible consequences for challenging the prerequisite for Philosophy 3 or 17:

  1. IGETC requires the English 1A prerequisite. This means a CSU or UC can refuse to accept the class for transfer if you don't have the prerequisite. If you are not interested in transfer, or you are planning to attend a school other than CSU or UC, or you are not following the IGETC pattern, the lack of English 1A may not be an issue.
  2. Philosophy 3 and 17 presuppose that you already have the skills taught in English 1A. They assume that you can write an argumentative essay or research paper in Standard English. If you do not have these skills or if you cannot read and write fluently in English, you are not likely to succeed in Philosophy 3 or 17.

Supporting Documentation

This challenge process is based on Title 5 regulations pertaining to prerequisites, co-requisites, and other limitations on enrollment. A copy of these regulations is located in the Office of Instruction and is available upon request. The regulations themselves are not sufficient to meet the requirement for supporting documentation. To support your challenge, where required, the following kinds of documentation are examples of what may be submitted. Additional information may be required, the following kinds of documentation are examples of what may be submitted. Additional information may be required, the following kinds of documentation are examples of what may be submitted. Additional information may be requested by the challenge review committee.

  • Copy of pertinent section(s) of the college catalog
  • Copy of pertinent section(s) of the schedule of classes
  • Copy of the course outline (available from the appropriate division office or the Office of Instruction)
  • Copy of the course syllabus (available from the appropriate division office or the Office of Instruction)
  • Copy of high school and/or college transcript
  • Documentation of work or other related experience
  • Doctor's statement
  • Personal written statement

In some cases it is advised to have the form preapproved by meeting with the Department Chair.
If this is the case, then documentation may not be required. Please mention that you have already met with the department chair in your personal statement.

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last published: 8/26/16