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ESL Prerequisite Challenge Procedures

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Prerequisite/Co-requisite Challenge Procedures

Monterey Peninsula College is required by the State of California to enforce course prerequisites. We believe completing prerequisites before enrolling in higher-level courses will ensure your success as a student. If you have taken the prerequisite at another school or at MPC before Fall 1995, you must complete a “PREREQUISITE VERIFICATION FORM.” You will need to present transcripts or grade reports from other colleges to verify comple­tion of the prerequisite. Satisfactory completion means that you received a grade of “C” or better in each course.

If you do not have such transcripts or grade reports and you wish to challenge the prerequisite, you must file a "PREREQUISITE CHALLENGE FORM” in person with the Humanities Division Office: (831) 646-4100.

Prerequisite Challenge Procedures:

Step 1:

Pick up a Prerequisite Challenge Form from the Humanities Division Office (Located in HSS-109).

Step 2:

Complete the form by identifying one or more of the reasons listed in the Challenge Options. Take the completed form back to the Division Office.

Step 3:

The Division representative will keep the original (white division copy) of the completed Prerequisite Challenge Form.

Step 4: 

You will take the Counseling Copy (pink copy) of the Challenge Form to the Counseling Department for prerequisite clearance. The goldenrod copy is kept by you for your records.

Step 5:

Enroll in the course that required the prerequisite challenge.

Step 6:

Department review must take no longer than 5 working days. Check with departments for the schedule for reviews of the challenges.

Step 7:

An original of the Prerequisite Challenge Form will be forwarded by the department/division to the Dean of Student Services Office indicating that the challenge was approved or denied.


You MUST fill out a challenge form in the Humanities Division Office, HSS 109, prior to the exam date.
(ENSL Assessment Test will be offered frequently, please see list below for current dates.)  For a  map of the MPC campus, please click  HERE.

Spring 2020 Prerequisite Challenge Dates: 

Friday, January 17, 2020 10:00am  HSS 104 

Thursday, January 23, 2020 5:00pm  HSS 104

*If the challenge is denied, the student will be dropped from the course and authorized a refund, if applicable.

Credit by Examination

For some courses, a student who has acquired knowledge and/or skills elsewhere may receive college credit for these achievements through an appropriate examination and thereby be awarded course credit. A maximum of 30 units may be earned through credit by examination.
In order to be eligible to participate in credit by examination, a student must have completed at least six units at MPC, be registered in and successfully complete a course other than the one to be challenged, and be in good academic standing at the College. Credit granted by examination does not apply toward the graduation residency requirement.

An eligible student may petition to the Admissions and Records Office and the appropriate academic department to receive college credit by comprehensive examination for a course. The units and grade earned shall be recorded on the student’s permanent record at the end of the term for which the challenge was taken. Appropriate fees will be paid by the student who does not have a fee waiver. No examinations may be given until the student’s Challenge Application has been approved by the Admissions and Records Office staff. The student submits the challenge form approved by the Admissions and Records Office to the instructor. The instructor is to submit the form to the Admissions and Records Office after the student completes the challenge.

Contact the Admissions and Records Office at (831) 646-4002 to receive current information.

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English as A Second Language Assessment - Testing Center (STS 119)

This Assessment is for students that wish to take ENSL classes at MPC and or complete their general education or transfer requirements.

Esta evaluación es para estudiantes que quisieran tomar clases de Inglés como Segundo Idioma (ENSL) en MPC, y/o completar la educación general o los requisitos para transferir a otra institución.

Please note: if you have difficulty understanding the information on this page or difficulty communicating your basic needs in English, you may take the lowest level ENSL course (ENSL 312/412 and ENSL 313/413) without taking the ENSL Placement Test.

Por favor nota: si tienes dificultad entendiendo la siguiente información o dificultad para comunicar tus necesidades básicas en inglés, deberías tomar los niveles más bajos de los cursos de inglés como segunda lengua o ENSL (ENSL 312/412 and ENSL 313/413) sin necesidad de tomar la prueba de ubicación de ESL.

The ENSL Assessments evaluates your English language skill level in reading, writing and listening/speaking for students whose native language is not English.

Las evaluaciones determinan el nivel de conocimientos en lectura y escritura en el idioma inglés para estudiantes cuyo primer idioma no es inglés.

Note: Please make sure that you have a current application on file with the Admissions & Records department prior to making an appointment.

Nota: Favor de asegurarse que tenga una aplicación vigente con el departamento de Admisiones y Registros antes de hacer una cita para evaluación.

Important details/Detalles Importantes:

  • Allow up to 3 hours for the ENSL Assessment
    La evaluación dura 3 horas
  • You must arrive at the Check-in Time
    Hora de Entrada
  • No late admittance
    No se le permitirá entrar tarde
  • Children are not allowed in the testing area and may not be left unattended on campus
    Niños(as) no son permitidos en el lugar de la evaluación, ni tampoco se les permite estar en los terrenos del colegio sin supervisión.
  • You must have your Picture ID & MPC Student ID# in order to be admitted to the Assessment
    Debe tener una identificación con fotografía y su número de estudiante de MPC para hacer la evaluación. 
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