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Additional Services - AA/AS Competency Q&A

To qualify for the AA/AS Degree, students must meet a number of requirements. One of these is mandated by California state law and requires a student to demonstrate competency in the following areas:

  1. Reading
  2. Written Expression
  3. Mathematics

Students may fulfill the requirements of the law and demonstrate competency in each of these areas by either:

  1. Satisfactorily completing a minimum grade of “C” for each of these areas.


  2. Achieving a satisfactory score on the equivalency examination for each of the areas.

In order for a student to take the Equivalency Exam, they must have a referral (referral for testing card) from a counselor (L104). At the time of testing, students must provide a valid government issued photo ID (Drivers license, passport, permanent resident card) and signature verification. Students who cannot establish positive identity will not be permitted to take the equivalency exam. Stop by Assessment Services to arrange a testing time. 

Test results will be mailed within one week to the student, the referring counselor and the records office. Upon approval of the College Petitions Committee, the student may repeat the same Equivalency Exam after a period of at least two weeks between subsequent test administrations.

Testing Not Available on Days Listed Below





Revised April 12, 2016 by