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After Admission: Placement & Other Tests

English Language Examination

If you’re an undergraduate applicant, no matter what your country of citizenship, and your native language is not English, you must demonstrate English competency. That means you must receive a minimum score on an approved English proficiency exam or present a score of 500 or above on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The same is required of undergraduate applicants who have not attended schools at the secondary level or above for at least three years of full-time study at an institution where English is the principal language of instruction.

 

Placement Measures for First-Year General Education (GE) Written Communication and Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Courses

Freshman skills assessment and placement for general education written communication and mathematics/quantitative reasoning shall be based on systemwide skills assessment standards that include the Early Assessment Program (EAP)/Smarter Balanced Achievement Levels, ACT scores and/or SAT scores.

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.

First-time freshmen in need of additional academic development are supported in the Early Start Program and in enhanced baccalaureate credit-bearing general education written communication and mathematics/quantitative reasoning courses.

Students placed in developmental support courses in either written communication and/or mathematics/quantitative reasoning must complete all preparatory work in their first year of enrollment.

Guidance on the use of high school coursework for CSU placement of first year students in written communication and mathematics/quantitative reasoning will be available soon.

Existing Skills Assessments for GE Written Communication

Skills assessments are designed to assess the level of written communication skills of students entering the CSU. During the first academic year, unless the requirement has been completed, freshmen shall enroll in appropriate general education written communication courses. 

The following are the systemwide skills assessment standards for GE written communication:

 

GE Requirement Fulfilled

  • A score of 3 or above on either the Language and Composition or Composition and Literature examination of the College Board Scholastic Advanced Placement Program/International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Completion and transfer to CSU of the credits for a college course that satisfies the CSU General Education requirement in English Composition, provided such a course was completed with a grade of C- or better

 

Ready

  • NEW SAT: A score of 550 or above on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test
  • OLD SAT: A score of 500 or above on the critical reading section
  • A score of 22 or above on the ACT English Test
  • A result of "Standard Exceeded: Ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level coursework in English" on the CAASPP Early Assessment Program (EAP) exam

 

Conditionally Ready

  • NEW SAT: A score between 510 - 540 on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing section*
  • OLD SAT: A score between 460 - 490 on the critical reading section
  • 19 - 21 on the English portion of the ACT test
  • A result of 'Standard Met: Conditionally Ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level coursework in English' on the CAASPP Early Assessment Program (EAP) exam

Conditionally Ready statuses require students to continue their preparation in the 12th grade by completing an approved English course with a grade of C- or better. Students who do not meet the conditional requirement will need to participate in the CSU's Early Start Program, unless exemption was met through other pathways.

*In March 2016, the College Board began administering a new SAT. The new SAT scores are different than the old SAT scores. The CSU will accept both old and new SAT scores for students graduating in 2020 and prior. Students graduating after 2020 will be required to take the new SAT.

 

Existing Skills Assessments for GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning

Skills assessments are designed to assess the level of mathematics/ quantitative reasoning skills of students entering the CSU. During the first academic year, unless the requirement has been completed, freshmen shall enroll in appropriate general education mathematics/ quantitative reasoning courses. The following are the systemwide skills assessment standards for GE mathematics/quantitative reasoning:

 

Requirement Fulfilled

  • A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Calculus AB or Calculus BC test
  • A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Statistics examination/International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Completion and transfer to CSU of a college course that satisfies the requirement in Quantitative Reasoning, provided such a course was completed with a grade of C- or better

Ready

  • NEW SAT: A score of 570 or above on the mathematics section of the new SAT test
  • OLD SAT: A score of 550 or above on the mathematics section of the old SAT Reasoning Test
  • SAT SUBJECT TEST: A score of 550 or above on the SAT Subject Test in Mathematics (level 1 or level 2)
  • A score of 23 or above on the ACT Mathematics Test
  • A result of "Standard Exceeded: Ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level coursework in mathematics" on the CAASPP Early Assessment Program (EAP) exam

 

Conditionally Ready

  • NEW SAT: A score between 520 and 560 on the mathematics section of the new SAT test*
  • OLD SAT: A score between 490 and 540 on the mathematics portion of the SAT Reasoning Test
  • A score between 20 and 22 on the mathematics portion of the ACT test
  • A result of "Standard Met: Conditionally Ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level coursework in mathematics"
     on the CAASPP Early Assessment Program (EAP) exam\

Conditionally Ready statuses require students to continue their preparation in the 12th grade by completing an approved math course with a grade of C- or better. Students who do not meet the conditional requirement will need to participate in the CSU's Early Start Program unless exemption was met through other pathways.

*In March 2016, the College Board began administering a new SAT. The new SAT scores are different than the old SAT scores. The CSU will accept both old and new SAT scores for students graduating in 2020 and prior. Students graduating after 2020 will be required to take the new SAT.