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Mathematics Preparation Steps

Step 1: Take All Required High School Courses

High school students applying to the CSU must complete mathematics courses that have a prerequisite of Algebra II or Integrated Math III in high school with a grade of C or better.

These are the minimum courses. Even though some students finish these courses by the end of their junior year, ALL students are strongly advised to take math in their senior year. Those who do not heed this advice often forget the material, score poorly on college math placement exams, and spend time and money taking non-college credit classes to restore their math skills to the college entry level. For more information about high school course requirements for college please visit Cal State Apply.

Step 2: Find Out About the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP)

  • The EAP Program measures student math preparation for college near the end of the 11th grade. Students taking Algebra 2 or higher as juniors are eligible to take a CSU augmented version of the California Standards Test in summative mathematics or algebra 2. These students are ready for college-level math if they score well on this test.
  • Students who participate in EAP will receive a letter and a student report in the fall of their senior year.
  • The report tells whether students are ready for college-level math.
  • Keep the student report in case it is necessary to verify EAP status.

Step 3: Create a personalized Roadmap

My Roadmap - Generate a personalized Roadmap on this site to receive step by step instructions on what to do and how to do it.

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