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Important Information for SAT/ACT Testing

What is the ACT?

The ACT covers four areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. The ACT composite score is used for admission to the CSU. The ACT also offers, as an option, the Writing Test. The CSU does not require the score from the Writing Test for admission purposes.

For more information about the ACT and to register for the test and send scores, go to If you list a CSU campus as an ACT score report recipient, your scores will automatically be sent to all campuses to which you submit an application.

What is the SAT?

The SAT currently consists of two main sections: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math. Scores from Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math are combined and used for admission to the CSU. Scores from the Writing section will not be used for admission purposes to the CSU.

CSU campuses will accept old and current SAT scores for admission through 2020. Applicants may submit scores from either test. Visit to learn more about the SAT tests, see testing dates and to register online to take the SAT test.


If you list a CSU campus(es) as an SAT score report recipient, your scores will automatically be sent to all campuses to which you've applied. You can also use the CSU systemwide institution code (3594) on to ensure that all CSU campuses to which you apply receive your scores. 

Contact us  if you would like help registering for a Practice Test, ACT, or SAT:

Other Helpful Links

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Information on SAT/ACT Fee Waivers: Who is eligible and how to get help paying for your tests. 

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