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11th Grade
  • Take college prep English and advanced Math: English (writing and critical reading) and Algebra II or advanced math.
  • Review the “a-g” classes you still need to take for CSU admission with your counselor.
  • Update your High School Course Planner on CSUMentor.
  • Maintain As and Bs. This is especially important in your junior year.
  • Do your best on the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment. Your CAASPP EAP results will help determine if you are ready for college level courses. The credits you earn in these courses count towards college degree requirements.

  • Register for the AP exams in the spring. You can earn college credit if you score well on the test(s) and will be exempt from taking the EPT and ELM.
  • Register for the PSAT exam, if you didn’t take it in 10th grade.

  • Take the SAT or ACT in the spring as an additional way to determine if you are ready for college level courses. Many CSU campuses require you to take the SAT/ACT by October of your senior year.
a-g Courses

a-g Courses

The California State University requires the following college preparatory pattern of classes for admission:

  1. History and Social Science
    2 years (1 year of U.S. History and 1 year of Social Science)
  2. English
    4 years required
  3. Math
    3 years (4 years recommended)
  4. Laboratory Science
    2 years with a lab class
  5. Language other than English
    (Foreign Language) 2 years of the same language
  6. Visual and Performing Arts
    1 year
  7. College Preparatory Electives
    1 year of any college preparatory subject

Visit your school counselor for a detailed list of classes or visit the University of California's Doorways website.

Brush up on your English and math skills at the CSU Success website.

12th Grade

12th Grade

Send in your CSU application early and finish out the year strong! Applications are accepted October 1 through November 30.

More about 12th grade

Helpful tips

Helpful tips

Developing strong study skills and time management will help you get through school and succeed in life!

  • Pay attention in class
  • Take good notes
  • Study effectively
  • Eat well and get rest
  • Read all assignments
  • Form a study group to test your knowledge with your friends

Check out these other helpful tips:

Time management tips

Take control of homework

The keys to effective writing

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Prepare and Apply

Prepare and Apply

Use CSUMentor to set up your course planner, compare campuses, and send in your applications.

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ACT (American College Testing)
AP (Advanced Placement)
CSU (California State University)
CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress)
EAP Exam (Early Assessment Program Exam)
ELM (Entry Level Mathematics Exam)
EPT (English Placement Test)
PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test)
SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test)