Prerequisite Challenge and

Placement Testing


In the World Languages and Cultures Department, 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

Other courses have prerequisites, as shown in the college catalogue. If you have taken the prerequisite course at CCSF then you will have no problems enrolling. If you have taken the prerequisite courses at another college or in high school, or if you have learned the language skills another way, you may still enroll by completing a "prerequisite challenge." See below to choose one of two easy options.

You may register for the course before your prerequisite challenge has been processed. You do not need to wait for it to be processed. However, in order to remain in the course you will need to have the challenge processed no later than the first week of classes. Therefore, please submit the necessary documentation as soon as possible after registering.

NOTE: Many courses do have advisories (recommended preparation). Please check the college catalogue for information. You do not need to provide any documentation to show that you have met the advisories. They are there to help you choose the correct course to enroll in.

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) by checking the appropriate boxes on the CCC application form.

 Prerequisite Challenge Coordinator

The World Languages and Cultures Department Prerequisite Challenge Coordinator is David Pieper. You may email him at  If you require seeing someone in person regarding this Prerequisite Challenge, you may contact the Department Chair, Diana Garcia-Denson, during her office hours in Arts 202:   

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and

Tuesday, Thursday: 1:30 p.m. –  3:30 p.m.

How to Challenge a Prerequisite

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

1. Transcript. Email a copy of college or high school transcripts (unofficial, such as a screen shot is okay) reflecting your foreign language experience, along with a copy of the catalog description of the course/s (available online) to OR

2. Placement Test. Take a placement test.  The instructions vary by language, so click on the appropriate language below for details.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  For regular term courses, this prerequisite challenge must be resolved either before classes start OR on the first day of class at the latest or you will dropped from the course.  In the email you MUST include your full name, student ID number and course name (for example: Spanish 1B, French 2, German 2A, etc.).

Students with late-start or City Online classes should contact their instructor for deadline information.  

Please choose from the Language Placement links below to complete the process. Details about taking the Placement Test can be accessed here: