College Readiness Assessments
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College Readiness Assessments
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/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.
The California State University (CSU) placement for first year General Education (GE) Written Communication and Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Courses is based on systemwide skills assessment standards that include the Early Assessment Program/ Smarter Balanced Achievement Levels, ACT scores and/or SAT scores, high school coursework, high school GPA and math GPA. Skills assessments are not a condition for admission to the CSU; they are a condition of enrollment. These skills assessments are designed to inform entering freshmen of placement in appropriate baccalaureate-level courses based on their skills and needs. First-time freshmen in need of support as determined by the skills assessment will be placed in supported instruction. Supported instruction is designed to assist students in credit-bearing courses. Students may also be required to participate in the Early Start Program. The Early Start Program gives students the opportunity to earn college credit in written communication and mathematics/ quantitative reasoning the summer before their first term.
Learn more about the Early Assessment Program (EAP) at: