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## Overview

The California State University determines admitted first-year students' general education (GE) English and math/quantitative reasoning course placements and identifies students requiring supportive instruction through the following multiple measures:

- Standardized assessment scores (ACT, AP, CAASPP, CLEP, IB, SAT)
- College-level and/or high school college preparatory coursework
- Weighted high school and math/quantitative reasoning GPA

**2020-2021:** Due to disruptions to scheduled testing caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the CSU
will use weighted high school and math/quantitative reasoning GPA and coursework in
lieu of standardized assessment scores to evaluate students' GE course placement.

Select from the following categories to evaluate your readiness for college-level
English and math/quantitative reasoning at the CSU:

Fulfilled Requirement

Students meeting any of the following criteria fulfill first-year GE requirements
for either written communication and/or math/quantitative reasoning and may enroll
directly in next-level courses as required by their major:

**ENGLISH**

- Score 3 on the AP Composition & Literature/Language & Composition exam
- Earn minimum C- for college-level Area A2 Written Communication course

**MATH**

- Score 3 on the AP Calculus AB or BC/Computer Science Principles/Statistics exam
- Score 4 on the International Baccalaureate Math Higher Level exam
- Score 50 on the CLEP Calculus/College Algebra/Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry exam
- Earn minimum C- for college-level Area B4 Quantitative Reasoning course

Enroll in GE Coursework

Enroll in GE Coursework

Students meeting any of the following criteria demonstrate readiness to enroll directly
in first-year GE written communication and/or math/quantitative reasoning:

**ENGLISH**

- Score 22 on the ACT English Test
- Score 19-21 on the ACT English Test and earn minimum C- for AP/Weighted Honors or CSU Expository Reading & Writing in 12th Grade
- Score "Standard Exceeded" on the CAASPP Smarter Balanced English Language Arts/Literacy Assessment
- Score "Standard Met" on the CAASPP Smarter Balanced English Language Arts/Literacy Assessment and earn minimum C- for AP/Weighted Honors or CSU Expository Reading & Writing in 12th Grade
- Score 550 on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing test section
- Score 510-540 on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing test section and earn minimum C- for AP/Weighted Honors or CSU Expository Reading & Writing in 12th Grade
- Earn 3.3 weighted high school GPA.
- Earn 3.0-3.29 weighted high school GPA and earn minimum C- for AP/Weighted Honors or CSU Expository Reading & Writing in 12th Grade
- Earn 3.0 weighted high school GPA and complete 5+ years of high school English

**MATH (NON-STEM MAJORS)**

- Score 23 on the ACT Math Test
- Score 20-22 on the ACT Math Test and earn minimum C- for fourth year of math beyond Algebra 2/Integrated Math III in 12th Grade
- Score "Standard Exceeded" on the CAASPP Smarter Balanced Mathematics Assessment
- Score "Standard Met" on the CAASPP Smarter Balanced Mathematics Assessment and earn minimum C- for fourth year of math beyond Algebra 2/Integrated Math III in 12th Grade
- Score "Standard Met" on the CAASPP Smarter Balanced Mathematics Assessment and complete 4+ years of high school math/quantitative reasoning
- Score 570 on the SAT Math test section
- Score 550 on the SAT Subject Test Mathematics Level 1 or 2
- Score 520-560 on the SAT Math test section and earn minimum C- for fourth year of math beyond Algebra 2/Integrated Math III in 12th Grade
- Earn 3.7 weighted high school GPA
- Earn 3.5-3.69 weighted high school GPA and complete 4+ years of high school math/quantitative reasoning
- Earn 3.0 weighted math GPA and earn minimum C- for fourth year of math beyond Algebra 2/Integrated Math III in 12th Grade
- Earn 3.0 weighted math GPA and complete 5+ years of high school math/quantitative
reasoning

**MATH (STEM MAJORS)**

- Score 23 on the ACT Math Test
- Score 20-22 on the ACT Math Test and earn minimum C- for fourth year of math beyond Algebra 2/Integrated Math III in 12th Grade
- Score "Standard Exceeded" on the CAASPP Smarter Balanced Mathematics Assessment
- Score "Standard Met" on the CAASPP Smarter Balanced Mathematics Assessment and earn minimum C- for fourth year of math beyond Algebra 2/Integrated Math III in 12th Grade
- Score "Standard Met" on the CAASPP Smarter Balanced Mathematics Assessment and complete 4+ years of high school math/quantitative reasoning
- Score 570 on the SAT Math test section
- Score 520-560 on the SAT Math test section and earn minimum C- for fourth year of math beyond Algebra 2/Integrated Math III in 12th Grade
- Score 550 on the SAT Subject Test Mathematics Level 1 or 2
- Earn 3.7 weighted high school GPA
- Earn 3.5-3.69 weighted math GPA and earn minimum C- for fourth year of math beyond Algebra 2/Integrated Math III in 12th Grade
- Earn 3.5-3.69 weighted high school GPA and complete 5+ years of high school math/quantitative reasoning

Enroll in Supported GE Coursework

Students meeting any of the following criteria may enroll directly in first-year GE
written communication and/or math/quantitative reasoning with the condition of completing
required supportive instruction:

**ENGLISH**

- Score 19-21 on the ACT English Test and complete 4 years of high school English
- Score "Standard Nearly Met" on the CAASPP Smarter Balanced English Language Arts/Literacy Assessment
- Score 510-540 on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing test section and complete 4 years of high school English
- Earn 3.0-3.29 weighted high school GPA and complete 4 years of high school English

**Supportive Instruction @ Cal Maritime**Enroll in year-long EGL 101 & 102 "stretch" course

**MATH (NON-STEM MAJORS)**

- Score "Standard Nearly Met" on the CAASPP Smarter Balanced Mathematics Assessment
- Earn 3.0-3.49 weighted high school GPA (no additional preparation)
- Earn 3.3-3.69 weighted math GPA (no additional preparation)

**Supportive Instruction @ Cal Maritime**

Enroll in MTH 100 College Algebra & Trigonometry and MTH 99L lab

**MATH (STEM MAJORS)**

- Score "Standard Nearly Met" on the CAASPP Smarter Balanced Mathematics Assessment
- Earn 3.3-3.69 weighted math GPA (no additional preparation)

**Supportive Instruction @ Cal Maritime**Enroll in MTH 100 College Algebra & Trigonometry and MTH 99L lab

Enroll in Supported GE Coursework & CSU Early Start

Enroll in Supported GE Coursework & CSU Early Start

Students not meeting any listed placement criteria may still enroll directly in first-year GE written communication and/or math/quantitative reasoning with the condition of completing required supportive instruction.

Additionally, students in this category must complete the Early Start Program (ESP) prior to their first fall semester at the CSU.

**Supportive Instruction @ Cal Maritime**

English: Enroll in year-long EGL 101 & 102 "stretch" course

Math: Enroll in MTH 100 College Algebra & Trigonometry and MTH 99L lab

Early Start Program

Early Start Program

In addition to enrolling in GE coursework with a supportive instruction component, students in category IV must participate in the Early Start Program (ESP).

Designed to prepare students for college-level coursework through in-person and online summer courses led by CSU faculty, participating in the ESP improves retention and students' chances of successful completion of a baccalaureate degree.

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#### Contact

Matthew Tener, Coordinator

mtener@csum.edu

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