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English Placement Status

CSUB considers multiple assessments to determine what English course a student will take in the Fall. Based on academic achievement, the appropriate Category will determine a student's next steps.

FULFILLED (All Majors)


  • A score of 3 or above on the AP Language or Composition Test
  • A score of 3 or above on the AP Composition and Literature Test
  • A score of 4 or above on the IB English A: Language anf Literature (HL) Test
  • A score of 4 or above on the IB English A: Language and Literature (SL) Test
  • Completion of a college course (grade of "C-" or better) that satisfies the CSU General Education English Composition requirement

Next Steps 

  • Early Start Not Required
  • Satisfied the CSU General Education English Composition Requirement

READY (All Majors)


High School Courses and Grade Point Average

  • Weighted High School GPA of 3.3 or above
  • Weighted High School GPA of 3.0 or above AND 12th grade AP, IB, ERWC, or Honors English course OR 5 or more years of English

CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP), taken in conjunction with the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in English Language Arts/Literacy

  • A result of "Standard Exceeded"
  • A result of "Standard Met" AND successful completion of appropriate 12th grade English course**

New SAT-College Board SAT® Test Evidence Based Reading and Writing Section

  • A score of 550 or above 
  • A score between 510-540 AND successful completion of appropriate 12th grade English course**

ACT® Test English Section

  • A cut score of 22 or above
  • A cut score between 19-21 AND successful completion of appropriate 12th grade English course**

** Approved High School courses with grade of 'C-' or higher: Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC), Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition, Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition, International Baccalaureate (IB) English, and English courses approved for honors credit by the University of California (A-G).

Next Steps

  • Early Start Not Required
  • Eligible to Enroll in College Level English

READY W/SUPPORT (All Majors)


High School Courses and Grade Point Average

  • Weighted High School GPA of 3.0 or above AND 4 or more years of English

New SAT-College Board SAT® Test Evidence Based Reading and Writing Section

  • A score between 510-540 AND 4 or more years of High School English

ACT® Test English Section

  • A score between 19-21 AND 4 or more years of High Shool English

Next Steps 

  • Early Start Recommended but Not Required
  • Eligible to Enroll in Stretch English Course

READY W/SUPPORT *EARLY START REQUIRED (All Majors)


High School Courses and Grade Point Average

  • Minimum CSU GPA admission requirements

CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP), taken in conjunction with the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in English Language Arts/Literacy

  • A result of "Standard Nearly Met"
  • A result of "Standard Not Met"

New SAT-College Board SAT® Reasoning Test Evidence Based Reading and Writing Section

  • A score of 500 or below 

ACT® Test English Section

  • A score of 18 or below

Next Steps

  • Early Start Required
  • Eligible to Enroll in Stretch English Course


Contact Us

Early Start Program

California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway AE105
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1099
Tel: 661-654-6411 or 661-654-3497
Fax: 661-654-5950

earlystart@csub.edu or jwhitaker@csub.edu

We are located in Administration East 105.