Take advanced math and college prep English.
Meet with your high school counselor to make sure you are on track and taking the college preparatory classes needed for CSU admission.
Update your High School Course Planner on this website with your completed 10th grade classes and your current 11th grade classes.
Attend College and University Night programs and meet with campus outreach representatives when they visit your high school.
Visit college campuses. Take a campus tour and listen to presentations about academic programs, admission requirements, and financial aid. Bring your student transcripts listing courses completed since the 9th grade.
Maintain A and B grades. This is especially important during the junior year.
In addition to your focus on your schoolwork, you will now need to take a series of preparatory examinations.
In October, register for the PSAT (Preliminary SAT), a practice exam for the SAT, which is required for several national scholarships, such as the National Merit, National Achievement, and the National Hispanic Scholarship programs. Learn more about the PSAT/NMSQT here.
Take the PSAT and use the results to see where you are strong and where you need to improve in order to be ready for college.
If taking Advanced Placement subjects, register to take the AP exams in the spring. Scoring well will give you credit for college-level courses!
Begin thinking about when to take college entrance exams (SAT or ACT). If you take the exam in the spring or summer, you will receive the results in time to determine if you need to retake the test in the fall. Discuss this with your counselor. Register for the exam one month before the test date.
If you are a California resident enrolled in a public high school, you will participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) English Language Arts/Literacy and mathematics. Your EAP results are included in the CAASPP Student Score Report provided by your high school. Your EAP results will provide an indicator of your readiness to take college level courses prior to enrolling to the CSU. Knowing your test results will give you the opportunity to improve your skills during the senior year.
Prepare for the SAT or ACT by reviewing books with testing tips and sample questions. These can be found in bookstores, libraries, and schools, or accessed online. Attend a workshop on how to prepare for these entrance exams. Financial aid may be available for some workshops or for the test fee.