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The California State University

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12th Grade
  • Complete all final “a-g” course requirements, including college prep English and advanced math. Trigonometry or Analytic Geometry/Calculus are also recommended.
  • If your CAASPP EAP result is “Standard Met,” you are Conditionally Ready for college-level English and/or math coursework. You are required to take an approved senior year-long English and/or math course and pass with a grade of “C” or better in both semesters.
  • If your CAASP EAP result is “Standard Nearly Met” or “Standard Not Met,” you are Not Ready for college-level English and/or math coursework. You are required to take the CSU EPT and/or ELM exam(s) unless you meet other EPT/ELM exemptions. Visit CSU Success for more information on EAP, including how to improve your English and/or math skills.
  • If you are planning to transfer from a California Community College, please visit calstate.edu.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Early September: Register for the October SAT or ACT, if you haven’t already taken the exam.
  • 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!
  • October-March: Apply for financial aid October 1 through March 2!
  • March-May: Prior to enrolling, register for the CSU’s EPT and ELM exams (unless you are exempt). Check the test dates for each campus.
  • Late Spring: Students taking AP classes should register for the AP exams. You can earn college credit for AP courses if you score a 3 or more on the test(s) and will be exempt from taking the EPT and ELM 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
    2 years of the same language
  6. Visual and Performing Arts
    1 year
  7. College Preparatory Electives
    1 year of any college preparatory subject

For more information on
a-g requirements, visit Cal State Apply.

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
  • Eat well and get rest
  • Read all assignments
  • Form a study group to test your knowledge with your friends

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Abbreviations

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

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The California State University