About ACT AND SAT testing requirements
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Campus Deadlines to Take the SAT and ACT (PDF)
WHICH TEST SHOULD I TAKE - THE ACT OR SAT?
WHAT THE ACT COVERS
The ACT covers four areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. The ACT composite score is used for admission to the CSU. The ACT also offers, as an option, the Writing Test. The CSU does not require the score from the Writing Test for admission purposes.
For more information about the ACT and to register for the test and send scores, go to
ACT.org.See the next section to know how to report/send your scores.
WHAT THE SAT COVERS
The SAT currently consists of two main sections: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math. Scores from
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math are combined and used for admission to the CSU. Scores from the Writing section will not be used for admission purposes to the CSU.
CSU campuses will accept old and current SAT scores for admission through 2020. Applicants may submit scores from either test.
See the next section to know how to report/send your scores.
Sending and matching your ACT and/or SAT scores to the campuses you applied **Even if you are a Fall 2021 or Fall 2022 First-Time Freshman, you should still submit your test scores if you have them to have them matched with your application for placement purposes, not admissions determinations**
ACT SCORES - REPORTING AND MATCHING TO YOUR APPLICATION
Making sure your ACT scores are sent to every campus you apply
requires these steps:
If you notice that your ACT scores have not been attached to your Cal State Apply application, contact the
Applicant Help Center.
SAT SCORES - REPORTING AND MATCHING TO YOUR APPLICATION
Making sure your SAT scores are sent to every campus you apply
requires these steps:
OTHER TESTS TO EARN COLLEGE CREDIT - AP, IB and CLEP CREDIT
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 AND TEST SCORES
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
If you're not ready for college-level math and/or English, you can use the summer before you start your freshman year to prepare.
Your Early Assessment Program (EAP) results will let you know if you need to participate in the Early Start 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.