Palomar College will accept prior test scores  which include the following: AP, ACT, SAT, ELM, EPT, CSU EAP and CAASP  as an alternative for the English and math placement.

Students may email, fax, or bring previous college coursework, prior test scores and course recommendations, please see instructions below:

Please see instructions below:
1) Email:
2) Fax: (760) 591-0482
3) Bring the transcripts to :San Marcos Assessment Center located in the Student Union Building, SU-1
Please be sure include the following information in your email or fax
1) Student Name
2) Palomar College student identification number
3) Current contact phone number
Please be sure to attach your previous college coursework on the email as a PDF or JPG file


Students with the following scores may be exempt from the Palomar College assessment, please see the prior test score charts below:

AP CategoryScoreEligibility
AP English Literature/Composition or Language/Composition3,4,5 English 202, 203, Phil 200
AP Statistics3,4,5Math 100-120, Psy. 205/Soc. 205
AP Calculus AB3,4,5 Math 141
AP Calculus BC3,4,5Math 200/205
SAT CategoryScoreEligibility
SAT Writing500 or higherEnglish 100 college level English.
SAT Math550 or higher Math 100-120, Psy. 205/Soc. 205 College level math
ACT CategoryScoreEligibility
ACT Writing22 or higherEnglish 100, college level English
ACT Math23 or highermath 100-120, Psy. 205/Soc.205 college level math
CSU ELM/ EPT CategoryScoreEligibility
CSU EPT147 or higher English 100, college level English
CSU ELM49 or higherMath 100-120, Psy.205/Soc.205, college level math
CAASPP EAP ENGLISH (Standard Exceeded)Standard ExceededEnglish 100/ college-level English
CAASPP EAP MATH (Standard Exceeded)Sandard ExceededMath 100-120, Py/Soc 205. College -level math
CAASPP EAP MATHConditional StandardConditional standard met must complete an approved math class senior year of high school


Official prior test scores must be sent to the Records/Transcripts Office.