There are some key placement steps to complete before Ram Orientation.
You do not need to complete the Composition Directed Self-Placement Survey (DSP) if:
- You received an ACT Composite score of 26 or higher, an SAT EBR/W score of 620 or higher, or an SAT verbal score of 570 or higher (prior to March 2016); you’re eligible to register for College Composition (CO 150) based on your test results. (We will not require ACT or SAT test scores for students graduating high school in 2021 and intending to attend CSU starting in Fall 2021.)
- You’ve earned grades of C- or better in college composition from another regionally-accredited college/university (this includes credit earned through concurrent enrollment).
- You’ve earned a score of 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement (AP) composition exam, a score of 4 or higher on an International Baccalaureate (IB) composition exam, or CLEP credit for composition.
To receive advanced standing credit for transfer or test out work in mathematics, composition or any other college-level course work you’ve completed, be sure to submit your official college transcript and/or official test results and bring a copy of your results to orientation for your advisor’s reference.
If you haven’t yet received your grade/test score, mention the pending result to your advisor at orientation. Note that some colleges/departments still require that you complete the Math Placement Tool before orientation even if you expect to receive transfer or test-out credit.
When in doubt, complete the placement steps; your results do not bind you to a particular course of action, but they can help you keep your options open.
When you review the placement procedures, you’ll see information about two additional placements:
- Foreign Language Placement Exam: Required before you can register for a world language course if you have had previous study of French, German, or Spanish. The department recommends completing the exam at least three days prior to Ram Orientation.
- Chem Prep: Required for any student whose major includes the General Chemistry I (Chem 111) course. Learn more about whether you should complete Chem Prep before Ram Orientation.