A-G/College Entrance Requirements
The A-G / College Entrance Requirements are a sequence of high school courses that students must complete (with a grade of C or better) to be minimally eligible for admission to the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU). They represent the basic level of academic preparation that high school students should achieve to undertake university work.
College Board/SAT Suite of Assessments
The tests measure the same skills and knowledge in ways that make sense for different grade levels, so it’s easier for students, parents, and educators to monitor student progress.
- Preliminary Scholastic Achievement Test 8/9 (PSAT 8/9)
The PSAT 8/9 is a test that will help you and your teachers figure out what you need to work on most so that you’re ready for college when you graduate from high school. It tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10 — in a way that makes sense for your grade level.
- Preliminary Scholastic Achievement Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)
The PSAT/NMSQT is a great way to preview and practice for the SAT. It tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT - in a way that makes sense for your grade level.
- Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT)
The SAT is accepted by almost all U.S. colleges. It is typically taken by juniors in the spring and seniors in the fall. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are designed to assess your academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support, and scholarships, in a way that's fair to all students. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests keep pace with what colleges are looking for today, measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century.
ACT Assessment (ACT)
The ACT® is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students’ academic readiness for college. The ACT is the capstone of our College and Career Readiness System.
Advanced Placement (AP)
AP gives you the academic skills you need in college and can also give you more time to concentrate on the subjects that interest you. There are a million paths to your future. By giving you the opportunity to explore what interests you the most, AP courses help you find and pursue your unique direction.
California State University (CSU) Assessments
The California State University (CSU) requires you to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam prior to enrollment in the CSU unless you are exempt by means of scores earned on other appropriate tests such as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Early Assessment Program (EAP) tests in English and Mathematics, the SAT®, ACT®, or Advanced Placement® (AP®) tests.
The EPT and the ELM are not admission tests; instead, they determine eligibility to enroll in specific courses. If you are required to take the EPT and the ELM but fail to do so, you will not be allowed to register for General Education courses at the CSU. You may take the EPT, ELM or both at a campus near you or where you plan to enroll.