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12th Grade
  • Complete all final “a-g” course requirements, including advanced math and college prep English. Trigonometry or Analytic Geometry/Calculus are also recommended.
  • If your EAP test results indicate that you are “Ready-Conditional” for college-level Mathematics, you are required to take a 12th grade math course with a prerequisite of Algebra II and earn a grade of “C” or better to maintain your exemption.
  • If your EAP test results indicate that you are “Not Yet Ready” for college-level math or English courses, visit the Early Assessment Program website to practice your math or English skills. This may increase your chances of passing the EPT and ELM, the CSU’s English and math placement tests.
  • If you are planning on attending a California Community College and transferring to a CSU, please visit the CSU’s Student Transfer website.


  • Early September: Register for the October SAT or ACT.
  • Early November: Register for the December SAT or ACT if you are retaking the exam or missed the October test deadline. Begin to apply for scholarships.
  • October 1-November 30: Apply to the CSU early—the application period opens October 1, and the deadline is November 30!
  • January-March: Apply for financial aid January 1 through March 2!
  • March-May: Prior to enrolling, register for the CSU’s ELM and EPT exams (unless you are exempt).
  • Late Spring: Students taking AP classes should register for the AP exams. You can earn college credit for AP courses if you score well on the test(s) and will be exempt from taking the ELM and EPT placement tests.

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.

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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

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