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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 Academic Planner on California Colleges.
  • Maintain As and Bs. This is especially important in your junior year.
  • Register for the PSAT exam if you didn’t take it in the 10th grade.
  • Do your best on the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment. Your CAASPP EAP results will help determine your readiness for college-level English and math courses before attending the CSU. In a college-level course you earn credit towards a baccalaureate degree. Visit
  • Register for the AP exams in the spring. You can earn college credit if you score well on the test(s).
  • Taking the CAASPP/EAP, SAT and ACT in your junior year gives you the opportunity to strengthen your skills during your senior year by enrolling in appropriate 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
    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.

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
  • 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:

Successful study techniques

Find resources for homework

Tips for writing effectively

Improve your critical thinking

Prepare and Apply

Prepare and Apply

Use California Colleges to set up your Academic Planner. If you are an undocumented student, learn more about the admissions process.

Visit Cal State Apply to compare colleges and apply to the CSU.

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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)