College Information

    If you didn't take all the required high school courses: Or earned D grades in some of them, you have several options to make up these courses and qualify for CSU admission: You can complete appropriate courses with a grade of C or better either in summer school, apex approved online courses or at the community college. These courses must be on the A-G University of California Course List. You may also earn an acceptable score on the SAT subject examinations or advanced placement exam.


    Meet with your counselor to review and/or plan out your academic goals, create a four year plan, and post high school options. If you want to attend a UC, plan on taking a “rigorous” academic program at VMHS (see your counselor)

    Four Year Plan Worksheet

    Research potential college majors and programs of study, select at least ten campuses minimum to compare along with learning about the advantages of completing an AA or AS at a local community college. (Start Your Search Here) The University of California gives California Community college students first priority to transfer over most applicants.

    SAT/ACT/PSAT/HONORS AP INFO (VMHS School Code 053004)


    The SAT consists of three sections: Critical Thinking, Math, and Writing. Scores from Critical Thinking and Math are added and used for admission to the CSU. 

    Visit www.collegeboard.com to learn more about the SAT tests and to register online to take the SAT test.

    Once you have taken the SAT test, you should list the CSUMentor institution code, so that CSUMentor can store your scores for any CSU campus to retrieve. The CSUMentor institution code for the SAT is 3594.

    Tip: If you take one test, and you don't feel it accurately indicates your abilities, then you might consider taking the other tests instead of repeating the first test to improve your score.


    The ACT covers four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The sum of the scores for the English, math, reading, and science scores is the sum score for the ACT that is used for admission to the CSU. The ACT also offers, as an option, the Writing Test. The CSU does not require the score from the Writing Test for admission purposes.

    For more information about the ACT and to register for the test and send scores, please go to http://www.act.org/.

    If you have listed a CSU campus as an ACT score report recipient, you can use the ACT Scores Manager to release your score to additional campuses. Before you can use the ACT Scores Manager, you must first have arranged for your scores to be sent to a CSU campus.

    If you have not yet arranged for your ACT scores to be sent to a CSU campus, you can learn how to request this at www.actstudent.org/scores/send/index.html.

    Honors Courses
    The CSU assigns extra points for up to eight semesters of approved honors level and Advanced Placement courses taken in the last three years of high school: A=5 points, B=4 points, C=3 points. No more than two approved honors level courses taken in the tenth grade may be given extra points. A grade of D in an honors or Advanced Placement course does not earn extra points.

    Approved honors level courses means that the courses are identified as honors level on your official high school a-g course list. You can find your school's course list at www.ucop.edu/doorways/.


    The Preliminary SAT®/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a co-sponsored program by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

    PSAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test™. It also gives you a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs.

    The PSAT/NMSQT measures:

     critical reading skills
     math problem-solving skills
     writing skills

    You have developed these skills over many years, both in and out of school. This test doesn't require you to recall specific facts from your classes.

    The most common reasons for taking the PSAT/NMSQT are:

    to receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses on skills necessary for college study. You can then focus your preparation on those areas that could most benefit from additional study or practice.

    - to see how your performance on an admissions test might compare with that of others applying to college.

    - to enter the competition for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (grade 11).

    - to help prepare for the SAT. You can become familiar with the kinds of questions and the exact directions you will see on the SAT.

    - to receive information from colleges when you check "yes" to Student Search Service.

    Information on the Score Report

    PSAT/NMSQT scores are reported on a scale of 20 to 80. In 2006, the average score for eleventh graders was about 48 in Critical Reading, 49 in Mathematics, and 46 in Writing Skills. The average score for tenth graders was about 43 in Critical Reading, 44 in Mathematics, and 41 in Writing Skills. Also listed on your score report is the Selection Index, which is used to determine eligibility in National Merit Scholarship Corporation programs (NMSC). It is the sum of the three scores in each test section (CR + M + W). The Selection Index ranges from 60 to 240. The average Selection Index for students in eleventh grade is about 147. Note: Only students in eleventh grade are eligible to enter NMSC scholarship programs. Finally, score reports include national percentiles, which allow you to compare your scores with other students in your grade level who have taken the PSAT/NMSQT. If you take the PSAT/NMSQT in the eleventh grade, you receive junior percentiles. If you take the PSAT/NMSQT in tenth grade or younger, you will receive sophomore percentiles. For example, a student in eleventh grade with a percentile of 55 has earned a score better than 55 percent of all eleventh graders. Another way to understand percentiles is to imagine 100 students lined up from the lowest (or 1st) percentile at the end of the line to the highest (or 99th) percentile at the front of the line. If you are at the 55th percentile, you would be the 56th person in line, ahead of 55 people in the line and behind 44. Go to Score Report Plus for more information about your score report.


    Calculate Your Index:

    Calculate Your Eligibility Index

    Once you calculate your grade point average, you can use this formula to see if your grade point average and test scores meet the minimum required eligibility index.

    • California residents must have a minimum eligibility index of 2900 using SAT scores or 694 using ACT scores. (The SAT score component for CSU is the sum of the mathematics and critical reading scores. Neither ACT nor SAT writing scores are included in the calculation of the CSU Eligibility Index.)
    • California nonresidents or nongraduates of California high schools must have a minimum eligibility index of 3502 using SAT scores or 842 using ACT scores.

    SAT Scores:

    ACT Scores:

    (Your GPA ) x 800 + Your SAT Total

    >>> My index is ______

    (Your GPA ) x 200 + (10 x ACT Comp)

    >>> My index is ______

    If you apply for admission before you graduate from high school, you should compute your GPA using grades earned in a-g courses completed after the 9th grade. Do not include grades you expect to earn in courses you have not completed.

    • If you are a California high school graduate (or a resident of California for tuition purposes), you need a minimum eligibility index of 2900 using the SAT or 694 using the ACT.
    • Nonresidents of California are required to have a minimum eligibility index of 3502 (SAT) or 842 (ACT).

    Community Colleges

    What will you do after high school?
    Some jobs require a two year degree or a vocational certificate, and many careers require a four year college degree. The Community College experience can help bridge the gap between your career and educational goals. If you are not planning to attend a four year university directly out of high school, the community college may be the first jumping off point for you. They offer associate of arts and sciences degrees in over 100 programs of study. They also offer over 100 certificates in occupational specializations. The transfer to a four year university or college can be achieved through completion of your general education lower division course work at a local community college. Be sure to meet with a counselor regularly to make sure you are taking the appropriate transfer classes as designated by the articulation agreements between certain colleges and majors desired. In most cases you will be safe taking the IGETC or CSU GE patterns for transfer but for certain majors you should check with counselors at both the community college of attendance and desired transfer institution.
    Eligibility for Community College:

    Tools & Links

    Early Assessment Scores


Last Modified on March 14, 2017