The California State University (CSU) no longer uses ACT or SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses. If accepted to a CSU campus, ACT or SAT test scores can be used as one of the measures to place students in the proper mathematics and written communication courses. Visit the CSU Student Success site for further information on course placement. For more information on admission criteria, please visit the First-Time Freshman Guidance and the First-Time Freshman Frequently Asked Questions pages.
Reporting ACT and SAT Scores
If you choose to take the ACT or SAT tests, you may still report your scores for consideration in course placement.
If you notice that your ACT scores have not been attached to your Cal State Apply application, contact the Applicant Help Center .
Students may earn general education or lower-division major credits by taking a CSU-accepted external examination in place of a course.
The CSU faculties have determined the passing scores, minimum units of credit earned, and certification area (for General Education Breadth and/or U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals) of standardized external examinations, such as
Advanced Placement (AP),
International Baccalaureate (IB), and
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP).
Each campus in the California State University system determines how it will apply credits earned by external examinations toward the degree major.
GRADES IN “A-G” COURSES
EARLY ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (EAP)
The Early Assessment Program (EAP) lets you know if you are ready for college-level work in English and mathematics at the end of your junior year of high school.
This early signal gives you the chance to improve your skills during your senior year or the summer before attending a CSU or community college.
Learn more about the CSU Early Assessment Program
This program offers intentional pathways and support structures for incoming CSU students to prepare them for success before their first day on a CSU campus.
Your Early Assessment Program (EAP) results will let you know if you need to participate in the Supportive Pathways for First-Year Students Program the summer before you start college.
This program enables a specific number of campuses of the CSU to establish pledge programs for first-time students who are interested and able to complete a baccalaureate degree in four years.
The CSU requires new students to be tested in English and mathematics before enrolling at a CSU campus, unless they are exempt by having scored well on specific tests.