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Admission Testing Information

Admissions testing is needed for:

Junior/Community Colleges - before registering for classes, students needs to take a placement test in math and English. This is not for entrance purposes but to determine what level Math and English level a student places in for college. There is no cost to take the test.

  • In some cases this test will place you below college credit classes. You wil need to take a remedial college class in order to bring your skills up to college level work.
  • If a student plans to take only the classes required for a specific vocational or technical certificate, the placement test are not required.
  • It is recommended for all students to take the tests so that they could continue working on their Math and English while completing their vocational certificate.
  • Juniors, who plan to attend a community college and will not be taking math as a senior, should consider taking the placement test at the end of their junior year when the math is fresh. (COM  Testing Schedule at, Testing Office 485-9469) (SRJC Testing Schedule, Testing Office, 707-524-1638)
  • Each community college is specific as to whether they will take or send the test results from or to another community college. Check with the school you wish to apply to as well as the school where you plan to take the test for specific requirements. 
  • Each year, COM and SRJC will provide testing on our campus in March . Sign-up in the CCC binder in either Counseling or CCC.
  • You may take the test more than once in order to improve your score.
  • Preparation tutorials are available online at each individual college's website.

Callifornia State University System - requires either the SAT or ACT as part of the eligibility index calculation.

  • It will state in some of the CSU information that: "If you have at least a  3.0 Weighted GPA in your A-G classes, you do not need to take the ACT or SAT tests. This is correct but not taking either the SAT or ACT test will put you at a strong disadvantage for going beyond being eligible and becoming competitive.
  • Either the SAT and the  ACT are counted equally by the CSU campuses. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo prefers the ACT.
  • The writing portion is optional on the ACT and SAT. Still you should take the writing portion because it is required by the UC's and private colleges. Nevertheless, the writing score is NOT calculated in the index formula.
  • Feewaivers are available for low-moderate income students. To obtain a waiver visit the Counseling Office.You must sign-up for the regular registration date in order to use the fee waiver, you may not use them if you sign-up for late registration.
  • The CSU system will take the best portion from various sittings to calculate your index.
  • CSU's institutional code for all campuses is 3594.
  • Cal Poly SLO, SJSU & SDSU requires you to finish your testing by the end of Oct/early Nov.

University of California System -  requires either the SAT or the ACT test with writing. Some majors, at some UC's, such as Engineering and other sciences recommend Computer Science with two SAT II's in different subject areas, usually math and a science. 

  • UC will take the best single sitting score for purposes of determing eligiblity.
  • It is advisible to complete your testing by Oct if possible.
  • You are not able to take the SAT test and the Subject Tests on the same day. You may take 3-one hour Subject Tests on the same day.
  • You may want to take some Subject Tests at the end of your junior year in subjects that you did well in, especially if it is an honors or AP class.
  • You are not penalized for taking multiple tests, UC will take the best single sitting of your SAT or ACT and your best two subject test scores.
  • Fee waivers are available from the Counseling Dept for the test taking fees. You must register during the regular registration period to use the waivers, you may not use them if registering during the late registration.


Private/Independent Colleges -  in most cases require either the SAT or the ACT test. A handful may require the SAT II Subject Tests.It is college specific as to whether they take the best score from one sitting or the best portions from multiple sittings or whether they require any Subject Tests. Check with each individual school's policy.

  • There will also be school specific deadlines for completing your testing so it will be important to check with each school's policy and plan your testing schedule accordingly.


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General Information

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Test Preparation

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