What is AB 705?
705 is a law that requires California community colleges to maximize the
probability that a student will enter and complete transfer-level coursework in
English and math within a one-year timeframe.
must place students into English and math courses using one or more of the
- high school coursework
- high school grades
- high school grade point
Under the new law, you cannot be denied entry into a
transfer-level math and English class unless the college can prove that you are
highly unlikely to succeed.
What does it mean for students?
students are placed into math and English based solely on the results of their
placement test. With the new law, students are no longer burdened to prove they
belong in transfer-level courses. Instead, colleges must place students into
transfer-level courses unless they can prove students are highly unlikely to
You can now exercise your right to use multiple measures to determine your placement at a
are some examples of multiple measures?
school or college transcripts
level of coursework completed in a subject area and corresponding course grade
or career aptitude interest inventories
certificates or licenses
and employment histories
training and experience
is AB 705 important?
Implementation of AB705 is
important for students
because they are often held back by the placement test, becoming stuck in sequences
that statistically ensure failure to transfer to higher institutions.