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For Students

Academic Preparation Brochure (PDF)
Use this guide to understand placement in first-year General Education English and math courses for first-time freshmen. 

Cal State Apply
A CSU website that helps high school students learn about the CSU system, explore CSU campuses, plan their “a-g” high school courses, apply for admissions and how to pay for college.

CSU Degrees
A Database to search degrees offered at all 23 CSU campuses

How to Get to College Website
A CSU website that helps middle school and high school students prepare for college.

CAASPP Practice Test
The practice test helps students prepare for the Smarter Balanced English language arts and mathematics assessment tests they take in spring of their junior year.

California Colleges Website
The website provides information about higher education opportunities in California including virtual campus tours, counseling, and admissions planners.

A resource to help students assess and improve their math and English skills.

The Official SAT Practice Test
The practice test helps students prepare for the SAT Test.

ACT Test Prep
Act Test Prep resources.

ACT Test Registration
Test dates and deadlines, how to register, test centers and cost.

SAT Test Registration
Test dates and deadlines, how to register, test centers and cost.

For Counselors and Educators

Academic Preparation Policy (Executive Order 1110)
Academic Preparation Policy FAQ (PDF)
Assessment of Academic Preparation and Placement in First-Year General Education Written Communication and Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Courses.

Center for the Advancement of Reading and Writing (CAR/W)
CAR/W supports the California State University's campuses and other stakeholders to ensure the preparation of highly skilled teachers and literacy specialists for California's students.

Expository Reading and Writing Curriculum (ERWC)
This innovative curriculum—born at the CSU—has changed how English teachers prepare high school students for college. Using rhetorical inquiry to encourage critical thinking, students learn strategies that help them thrive in college.

Center for Advancement of Instruction in Quantitative Reasoning (CAIQR)
The Center for the Advancement of Instruction in Quantitative Reasoning (CAIQR) is tasked to continuously support the high-quality instruction and curriculum in the high schools, community colleges, and public universities that will better serve the state of California and the U.S.

CSU Student Information Dashboard
Statistical data on CSU enrollment, continuation and graduation rates

Fact Booklet
Facts about the CSU.

MDTP Testing Project
Diagnostic readiness tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and available to schools in California.

Graduation Initiative 2025
Graduation Initiative 2025 is the California State University’s ambitious initiative to increase graduation rates for all CSU students while eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps.

CSU’s High School Success Dashboard
This interactive website shares data on the college preparation and progress of California high school students that enrolled in a CSU campus.

California Assessments of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)
Resources and Communication Materials.

Search Smarter Balanced CAASPP/EAP results (2015-2018.

Smarter Balanced Assessment System Overview
A quick reference guide on how to look up test results.

CAASPP Practice Test Resources
Teacher resources for the online CAASPP Practice and Training Tests.