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What is the redesigned SAT?

The College Board launched a redesigned version of the SAT in March 2016. Applicants can find out more about what changed and what that means for them directly from the College Board and can always reach out to the Office of Admissions for further guidance.

What does this mean for me?

You may submit scores from either the old or new version of the test. The optional essay is not required for CSU admission.

Convert your score

Convert your score to a different version of the test.

FAQs

Should I take the optional essay portion of the exam?

CSU does not use the written sections of the ACT or SAT (current or new) for admission, scholarship or placement purposes.

I took the SAT years ago. Do I need to take it again?

No, you’re welcome to submit any SAT scores you have available. Test scores are not required if you are 23 years of age or older or if you have been out of high school for five or more years, though they can be used for composition placement purposes if you chose to submit them.

Will you superscore the redesigned SAT?

Yes. We will continue to use your highest subscores from all tests (your “superscore”) for admission and scholarship decisions.

Will you superscore the old version of the SAT with the redesigned version?

No. We will superscore results from the same version of the exam, but we will not mix scores from the two versions.

How will you evaluate scores from the old version of the SAT with those from the redesigned version?

The College Board released a concordance table that allows universities to compare scores from the current version of the test with those from the redesigned version.

Do you prefer the SAT over the ACT?

No. While only one exam is required, some students may choose to submit scores from both exams. In that case, we use the test results from whichever exam is most advantageous to the student. CSU does not require the written sections of the ACT or SAT.

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Freshman Application Guide

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Transfer Application Guide

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