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How to Challenge a Course in the Spanish Department

If you have not fulfilled the prerequisite for a Spanish course but think that you might be able to do the work, you may challenge the prerequisite. This does not earn you any units, but merely waives the prerequisite course. To challenge a prerequisite, you will need to make an appointment with the Matriculation and Assessment Services office in the Student Services Center, located in the Admissions and Records Office.

Students are required to schedule an assessment time online at When you click on this link, it will say "Math and English Assessment." However, this is the correct site for you to make your appointment for the Spanish challenge. On the day of the appointment, go to SSC 240 and request a “Spanish challenge form.” Attached to that form, there will be instructions for you to write a ½ to 1 page essay in Spanish (topics will be provided).  

Members of the evaluating committee are not looking for perfect grammar, but for depth of vocabulary and variety of sentence structure. Your request to waive the prerequisite will be either approved or declined within five working days.

Students needing other matriculation-related services should come to the Office of Admissions and Records or contact Matriculation  at 949-451-5220 or visit its website at


Brooke Bui, PhD
Dean, Languages & Learning Resources

O: LA 209

Erika Arendts
Sr. Admin. Assistant, Languages & Learning Resources

O: LA 207