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Prerequisite Clearance

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All prerequisites for math, English, ESL and science, as stated in the course descriptions of the College Catalog and Schedule of Classes, will be strictly enforced at the time of a student’s registration.

Students who have not successfully completed the prerequisites or co-requisites will not be permitted to register for the course.


If you believe you have met the requisites, official documents showing this (transcripts of previous coursework, assessment scores and other approved methods) need to be submitted to the Admissions and Records Office so that those clearances can be entered into the computer, allowing you to register for the course you want.

Official records should be mailed to:

Admissions and Records
Cabrillo College
6500 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA  95003

Records can also be emailed to or faxed to Admissions and Record at (831) 479-5782.

When we receive your documentation, we will automatically input prerequisites for math and English within 10 business days.

If you would like an additional  prerequisite cleared, you must send an email to  You must include your name, your Cabrillo student ID number, and the class that you wish to take.

Assessment placement scores must indicate a clear placement into a specific course level at that college.  We do not accept raw scores.

Prerequisite requests can take up to ten (10)  business days to process.

If you want to challenge a prerequisite, and your experience does not include transcripts from a college or university, you may complete the process by filling out the Prerequisite Challenge e-form and submitting documentation of the level of your experience.  Documentation may include, but is not limited to, the following items:

  • Letter from the student detailing their skills and how the skills were obtained.
  • Recent examples of the student’s work that shows mastery of the skills and knowledge in question. English course challenges should include recent essays.

NOTE: For specific questions regarding the class you are challenging, please go to that Division Office.  Prerequisite challenges may take up to five business days to process.

For questions or concerns, you may call Admissions and Records at (831) 479-6100.


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