College Admission Tests


Introduction to Cal-SOAP

What can Cal-SOAP do for you?

We provide information about:

Postsecondary Education

College Admission Requirements

A-G Requirements

Admission Tests (SAT & ACT)

College Applications

Financial Aid

Scholarship Searches

Career Exploration

Study Skills

Time Management

We meet with students through:


Small group meetings

Individual, one-on-one meetings

Sign up to meet with your College Peer Advisor

(CPA) for assistance with college and career information.

CPAs are college students who advise high school students on college and career planning.

California College Systems

UC System: 4 years

CSU System: 4 years

Private Universities: 4 years

Community College System: 2 years

Vocational/Technical Colleges: Varies


niversity of


alifornia College


UC System: 10 campuses

Research University, ~$23,000/year

Min. GPA - 3.0

UC Berkeley, UCLA,

UC Davis, UCSD, UC Irvine…






niversity System

CSU System: 23 campuses

Traditional University, ~$15,000/year

Min. GPA- 2.0

SDSU, CSU San Marcos, Cal-Poly Pomona…

San Diego




Campus Stats

S an D iego S tate U niversity


Over 50% of incoming freshmen in 2010 had a GPA of

3.78 or higher.

Avg. SAT: 930-1170

Avg. ACT: 20-25

U niversity of C alifornia-

D iego (UCSD)

S an

80% of incoming freshmen in

2010 had GPA of 3.8 or higher.

Avg. SAT:1773

Avg. ACT: 25.4

California Private Universities

73 campuses throughout California

Prestige and Cost vary widely

University of San Diego, USC, Stanford…

Community College &

Vocational/Technical Colleges

Community College System: 112 campuses

Associate’s Degrees, Certificates and Transfer to a

4-year institution, ~$2,000/year

Grossmont, Mesa, Southwestern, Fresno City


Vocational/Technical Colleges: Many campuses

Degrees/Certificates and Costs vary widely

Paul Mitchell School, Art Institute of San Diego,

New School of Architecture & Design…

College Admission Tests

SAT Reasoning Test:

General exam with 3 sections: Critical Reading, Math, and Writing

One option for CSU, UC, and almost all private universities


General reasoning exam with 5 sections: English, Math, Reading,

Science, and Writing.

The other option for CSU, UC, and almost all private universities

SAT Subject Tests: (Required for Class of 2011 ONLY)

Shorter exams focused on the curriculum of one subject (Foreign

Language, Mathematics, English Literature, etc.)

Must take 2 Subject Tests for UC admission (2010 and 2011 high school graduating classes only)

Not required for CSU; check with private universities if required

Required Admission Tests


ACT w/ writing or SAT Reasoning Test; 2 SAT Subject Tests (for 2011 graduating class ONLY)


ACT w/o writing or SAT Reasoning Test


: ACT or SAT Reasoning Test. Check with the university to see if

SAT Subject Tests are required

Community College:

No admission tests required

Vocational /Technical School:

Check with the school to see which admission tests are required

What Looks Good on an Application?

Rigorous Classes

Volunteer Work

Community Service

Campus Involvement

Professional Email Address

Do it now!

Visit the FAFSA website and become familiar with it. (


Talk to counselor about GPA Verification form and how it is submitted.

Research how to get



Writing Contests

Art Contests

Etc… money!

Scholarships (merit, need, or athletic based)


Career Search

Research industries/careers online with your CPA , high school counselor, or at your career center

Explore college majors/subjects you like and that are applicable to your interests.

Many college majors can lead to the same career path.

Pick a college major that will give you options in the career/industry sector of your interest.

Your path to a career will come sooner than you realize. Start your search early!

Discussion Questions…

How can Cal-SOAP help you?

A. Deciding on where to apply

B. Understanding how to pay for college

C. Picking college-prep courses

D. Investigating possible careers that match your interests

E. All of the above


A student wants to apply to a CSU campus. Which admission tests are required?

A. The SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT w/o writing

B. The SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT w/ writing, and 2 SAT Subject


C. The SAT Reasoning Test or the Act w/ writing, 2 SAT Subject Tests, and the General Reasoning Exam (GRE).


Meet with your

C ollege P eer A

dvisor (


) on campus either by appointment or walk-in if you need help with anything college or career related.

Call the Cal-SOAP office at


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for information and current events for high school students!

Remember, we are here for YOU !