AB 705

AB705 Update


AB 705 is a bill signed by the Governor on October 13, 2017.  The bill requires that a community college district or college maximize the probability that a student will enter and complete transfer-level coursework in English and math within a one-year timeframe and use, in the placement of students into English and math courses, one or more of the following: high school coursework, high school grades, and high school grade point average.

For implementation by Fall 2019, California law AB705 represents a significant change in the way students are placed. Students may be eligible to enroll in transfer-level math or English classes, or transfer-level courses with additional support.

To be placed in a transfer level math or English course students have the following options:

  • See a counselor to discuss the best option for success;
  • See a Math or English department advisor
  • Bring their high school transcripts or other documentation to the Matriculation Office
  • Use self-reported high school GPA, if high school records are unavailable
  • Take the math and English placement test

We encourage students to talk with a counselor or department advisor about course selection.  Counselors and department advisors have the ability to recommend transfer-level courses, in lieu of placement test results.

Students who feel they need additional language acquisition support may want to take the Credit ESL Placement Test, or talk to a counselor about the ESL sequence at CCSF.


Updates from the Math and English Departments:


1.    Math department has already created a new co-requisite course that will allow many more students to place into and succeed in transfer-level Statistics,

2.    Math department is finalizing its new math placement recommendations that focus on high school performance and not placement test scores and thus will result in most students no longer being required to take developmental courses, greatly reducing the time required to fulfill math requirements.

3.    Spring 2019 Math schedule will be a transitional realignment of offerings that will reduce remedial offerings and increase transfer-level offerings with extra support for students. In Fall 2019, the Math department will complete the schedule realignment to meet and surpass AB 705 mandates.


1.    English department has already been placing students into 1A according to GPA and using the specific GPA recommended by the State Chancellor’s Office guidelines for several semesters.

2.    English department has shortened the developmental sequence so that students complete transfer level in a more timely manner.

3.    English department has also created a new co-requisite course that will allow students below the recommended 1A GPA cutoff to place into and succeed in transfer-level English.

4.    In Spring 2019, English will be piloting this co-requisite plus 1A model in order to work out potential logistical issues in order to prepare for full implementation in Fall 2019 according to the State Chancellor’s Office timeline.

5.    English department is currently developing methods to advise students who do not have a GPA for appropriate placement and our goal is to have these methods in place by October.



High School Data Form- downloadable and fillable

High School Data Form- for print

Placement testing Waiver

Prerequisite Challenge


Turn in your High School Data form to the Matriculation office by:

    A.     Emailing your documents to prereq@ccsf.edu

    B.     Faxing your documents to (415) 452-5127

    C.    Coming to the Matriculation office (Monday -Thursday 8am-6pm and Friday             8a-4pm), Conlan Hall 204