Placement Testing and Prerequisites


In the Foreign Languages Dept, there are NO PREREQUISITES for the following types of courses:

  • Entry level courses that assume no previous background or study, such as Spanish 1, 1A, or 10A.
  • Conversation courses in any language; 10A, B, C, D,E ;  12A,B,C ; 11A,11B ; 14A, 14B, 14C ; 15A, 15B, 16A, 16B

NOTE: Many courses do have advisories (recommended preparation). Please check the college catalogue for information.

ALSO NOTE: If you are only taking a language class, you may opt out of requirements followed by regular students (English and Math placement testing; meeting with a counselor). Fill out the SSSP Exemption form at right.

FL Eligibility Coordinator

The Foreign Languages Department Eligibility Coordinator is Isabelle Motamedi. You may email her at  

 Spring Semester 2017: Arts 304 

  • Mondays, 11:00-4 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 9:00 am- 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Beginning Thursday May 18, 2017 hours change to:

  • 9 am to 12pm Monday through Thursday

The FL Dept office will be open from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. You may drop off prerequisite challenge forms and test results during this time. 

After May 26, please send or bring your documents to the Matriculation Office. Please contact them for their hours of operation.

How to Challenge a Prerequisite

If you have acquired prerequisite skills outside of CCSF, your registration in a higher level course will be blocked. You must challenge the prerequisite. There are two ways to do this:

  1. Produce a transcript (an unofficial transcript is okay) from another college with the equivalent course OR
  2. Take the Placement Test, available online for most languages. NOTE: The Placement Test results are NOT processed automatically. You must print them out or save as a PDF and submit to Matriculation or the FL Eligibility Coordinator.

Please choose the appropriate language to learn what to do for your language.

Contact the Matriculation Office

How to contact the Matriculation Office:

  •  In person: Conlan Hall, room 204 (Ocean Campus)
  •  By
  •  By FAX: (415) 452-5127
  • By phone: (415) 239-3751

 For more information