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California State University Math and English Placement

English and Math Placement

The California State University (CSU) has made many changes to their developmental education policy for admitted students. CSU is no longer offering placement tests in English and math, and will instead place students into one of four math pathways and one of four English pathways based on their grades in high school or college, ACT and SAT scores, Advanced Placement (AP) scores, and International Baccalaureate (IB) scores. After examining students' academic records, Cal State East Bay academic advisors will determine which pathway best meets students' needs and notify them by email. The assigned pathway determines students' next semester's courses. Some students may be asked to participate in the Early Start program this summer.

English Placement

All freshmen and some transfers have to fulfill the Written Communication requirement, either through high school courses and test scores, or through classes at Cal State East Bay. Use this diagram to determine your English pathway.

Math and Statistics Placement

All freshmen and some transfers have to fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning requirement, either through high school courses and test scores, or through classes at Cal State East Bay. Use this diagram to determine your Math and Statistics pathway.

Frequently Asked Questions

We will send students an email to their Horizon email accounts notifying them which pathway they are in, beginning in May 2018. They can also view the pathway in their MyCSUEB portal under the admission status section.

We determine each student's pathway based on test scores, grades, and/or courses.
Most frequently, the university places students into the wrong pathway because we have not received all of your documents. Your advisor will ask you whether Cal State East Bay has your final high school transcript, and, if applicable, your test results (SAT, ACT, AP, etc.), and/or your community college transcripts. If you have questions or concerns, email f18frosh@csueastbay.edu.

The Early Start Program was created to help better prepare new students in Quantitative Reasoning and English by having them begin in the summer before the fall semester. It helps us better assess overall academic preparation and improves students' likelihood of successfully completing a college degree.

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