Use this formula to see if your grade point average and test scores meet the required eligibility index:

SAT I Scores: (Your GPA*) x 800 + Your SAT I total (math+EBRW) = Your Eligibility Index (Note: Please scroll down to find information on the revised SAT exam.)

ACT Scores: (Your GPA)* x 200 + (10 x ACT Comp) = Your Eligibility Index

* Based on grades earned in all approved college preparatory "A-G" courses after the 9th grade

  • Up to eight semesters of honors courses taken in the last two years of high school will be granted additional points (an A in an honors course will receive a total of 5 points; B, 4 points; C, 3 points; D, 1 point).
  • California High School Graduates or California Residents must have a minimum index of 2900 using SAT I scores or 694 using ACT scores.
  • Non- CA High School Graduates or non- CA Residents must have a minimum index of 3502 using SAT I scores or 842 using ACT scores.

For the Eligibility Index Table for California High School Graduates or Residents of California, please visit: http://www.csumentor.edu/planning/high_school/cal_residents.asp

For the Eligibility Index Table for Nonresident or Nongraduates of California, please visit: http://www.csumentor.edu/planning/high_school/nonresidents.asp

The New Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

In March 2016, the College Board began administering a redesigned SAT. Most fall 2016 entering first-time freshmen would have taken the long-standing (“old”) version of the test and would not be affected by this change. However, there may be a few students who have taken the new version. At the same time, most first-time freshmen entering in fall 2017 or later will have been administered the new test. Thus, a significant number of applicants may have both old and new test results.

For the 2016-17 admission application cycle (beginning October 1, 2016), applicants who meet the current Minimum Eligibility Index (2900) will be eligible for CSU admission regardless of whether they took the old or new SAT test. Beginning with the 2017-18 admission application cycle (beginning October 1, 2017), an independent Eligibility Index will be available for new SAT test takers.

The CSU will accept the Evidence Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) and the Mathematics section scores of the SAT to determine the applicant’s CSU minimum eligibility index. The SAT eligibility index formula will remain the same: SAT (scores in mathematics and EBRW) + (800 x high school grade point average). (The CSU Eligibility Index for ACT test takers remain the same.) The following compares the eligibility index for the two SAT versions.

Test VersionIn-State Minimum Eligibility IndexOut-of-State Minimum Eligibility Index
New SAT (March 2016)29503570
Old SAT (Pre-March 2016)29003502

It is important to note:

  • The CSU will accept both old and new SAT scores from students currently in grades 9–12 (graduating in 2020 or prior). This means that students don’t have to take the SAT again just because the test has changed. Any student graduating after 2020, however, will be required to take the new SAT.
  • The redesigned (new) SAT and the SAT students may have taken before March 2016 (old version) are two different tests with two different scoring structures. There is no advantage to taking one test over the other, because the College Board provides tables to help colleges compare and interpret scores. These tables, known as concordance tables, act as equalizers.
  • If an applicant has taken both the new and old SAT, the total score that is most advantageous to the applicant will be used. Because the new and old SAT tests are not constructed in the same way, CI will only “superscore” with like-tests only (not across the new and old SAT tests). Superscoring is when you combine the best score on each section (math and EBRW) of the test when taken multiple times.
  • The essay is not required nor is it recommended for applicants.

The redesigned SAT also resulted in new cut scores for the CSU Placement Exams, known as the English Placement Test (EPT) and Entry Level Math exam. Please refer to the below chart for details.

Test

CSU Ready Cut Score (exempt from ELM/EPT)

CSU Conditionally Ready Cut Score (conditionally exempt from ELM/EPT)

CSU Not Yet Ready or Not Ready Cut Score (not exempt from ELM/EPT)
SAT (EBRW)

550 (New)
500 (Old)

510-540 (New)
460 (Old)
500 or below (New)
450 or below (Old)
SAT Math

570 (New)
550 (Old)

520-560 (New)
490 (Old)

510 or below (New)
480 or below (Old)