Prerequisite Challenge and Placement Testing


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

  • Entry level courses in any language that assume no previous background or study, such as 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

All other courses are subject to a "prerequisite challenge."  See below to choose one of two easy options.  

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 on the right side of this page. 

FL Prerequisite Challenge Coordinator

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

 Sprng Semester 2018: Arts 304 

  • Mondays: 9:30 to 10:30 and 12:30 to 4:30
  • Tuesdays: 9:00 to 10:00 and 12:30 to 2:30
  • Wednesdays: 9:30 to 10:30
  • Thursdays: 9:00 to 10:00 and 12:30 to 2:00


How to Challenge a Prerequisite

A Prerequisite Challenge form must be emailed to the Coordinator, Isabelle Motamedi, by Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. or you will dropped from the course.  

How do I challenge the prerequisite?  Choose one of two easy options:  

1.  Transcript.  Email a copy of transcripts (unofficial is ok) reflecting your foreign language experience, along with a copy of the catalog description of the course/s (available online), together with the completed Prerequisite Challenge Form, to  OR

2.  Placement Test.  Take a placement test, save the results and email them, along with a completed Prerequisite Challenge Form, to

Please choose from the Language Placement links below to complete the process.