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A-G requirements are all the classes you need to take in high school in order to be eligible to apply to a 4-year college (in California). You must earn a grade of C or higher in all your A-G classes:


A - History/Social Science [2 yrs]

B - English (Language Arts) [4 yrs]

C - Mathematics [3 yrs, 4 rec.]

D - Science [2 yrs]

E - Language other than English [2 yrs]

F - Visual and Performing Arts [1 yr]

G - College Prep Elective [1 yr]




The benefits of GEAR UP go far beyond the limited number of years that we spend with the students. The far-reaching "ripple" effect will unleash a wave of competent learners on our post-secondary educational system who are armed with all the tools it will take to ensure success. Please take a look at some other informative sites to continue your research:

2016-17 SAT DATES

Deadlines expire at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, U.S.  2016-17 SAT Administration Dates and Deadlines


                                                                                                                                                    LATE REGISTRATION DEADLINE   

SAT Date SAT Subject Tests Available
(Find Dates)
Registration Deadline Mail Phone/
Deadline for Changes

Oct. 1, 2016


See SAT Subject Tests available on this date Sept. 1, 2016 Sept. 13, 2016 Sept. 20, 2016 Sept. 20, 2016

Nov. 5, 2016


See SAT Subject Tests available on this date Oct. 7, 2016 Oct. 18, 2016 Oct. 25, 2016 Oct. 25, 2016

Dec. 3, 2016


See SAT Subject Tests available on this date Nov. 3, 2016 Nov. 15, 2016 Nov. 22, 2016 Nov. 22, 2016


Students can sign up on




Most four year colleges/universities require students to submit scores from either the SAT Reasoning or the ACT. Both test can also be used in place of the community colleges and four year colleges assessment tests for placement in Math and English classes. Preparation & practice will help you do your best on these tests.

  • Some colleges and certain majors also require SAT Subject tests.
  • All UCs require SAT with Writing, CSU’s do not, private and out of states schools varies
  • All UCs require ACT with Writing, CSU’s do not, private and out of states schools varies
  • Be sure to take the SAT/ACT at the earliest date possible– some programs will not accept     scores after October of your senior year!

SAT Test

2016-2017  Test Dates


Regular Registration

Late Registration

October 1, 2016

SAT & Subject Test

September 1, 2016

September 20, 2016

November 5, 2016

SAT & Subject Test

October7, 2016

October 25, 2016

December 3, 2016

SAT & Subject Test

November 3, 2016

November 22, 2016

January 21, 2017

SAT & Subject Test

December 21, 2016

January 10, 2017

March 11, 2017

SAT only

February 10, 2017

February 28, 2017

May 6, 2017

SAT & Subject Test

April 7, 2017

April 25, 2017

June 3, 2017

SAT & Subject Test

May 16, 2017

May 24, 2016





SAT Test Only $45.00 Waitlist Fee $46.00
SAT with Essay $57.00 Late Registration Fee $28.00
Basic Registration Fee $26.00 Change Test/Date/Test Center $28.00
Language Tests w/Listening $26.00 Extra Score Report $12.00
ALL OTHER SUBJECT TESTS $200 Scores by phone $15.00



ACT  Test

2015-2016 Test Dates

Regular Registration

Late Registration

September 10, 2016

August 7, 2016

August 8-19, 2016

October 22, 2016

September 16, 2016

 Sept.17 – 30, 2016

December 10, 2016

November 4, 2016

November 5-18, 2016

February 11, 2017

January 13, 2017

January 14-20, 2017

April 8, 2017

March 3, 2017

March 4-17, 2017

June 10, 2017

May 5, 2017

May 6-19, 2017





Basic Registration Fee $42.50 Late Registration Fee  $27.50
ACT Plus Writing $58.50 Standby Testing Fee $51.00
Test Date Change $24.00 Extra Score Report $12.00



When you register for the SAT or ACT, you can have the scores sent to a certain number of schools free of charge.  If you need to add schools at a later date, you will be charged an additional fee. Be strategic about your free scores!  Here are some tips:


For California State Universities (CSU)


SAT - CSUMentor Code for SAT is 3594

You can list CSUMentor as an SAT score recipient; CSUMentor will then store your scores for ALL CSU campuses to utilize.


ACT – Send to 1 CSU & use the Score Manager

If you have listed a CSU campus as an ACT score report recipient, you can use the ACT Scores Manager on CSU Mentor 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. 

For Universities of California (UC)

You can have your official scores sent to one UC campus, and all campuses you apply to will receive it.


SAT - For the SAT Reasoning Test, the UC will focus on the highest total score in the College

Board's Score Choice module, ensure that all scores are sent to UC.


ACT Plus Writing - For the ACT Plus Writing test, the UC will focus on the highest combined

score from the same test administration.




ACT Test Practice Packet:


SAT Online Practice Options:


KHAN Academy Download a full SAT practice test, get test tips and videos on how to solve problems, practice with interactive questions. The official source for college & career planning in California.  Go to, click “College Planning”, then “Test Prep” to find Community Colleges Test Prep, SAT and ACT Test Prep and Vocabulary Test Prep.


The San Diego County Library offers a fantastic prep site for San Diego residents.

On the ECHS homepage, click the Academics tab, then Library.  Choose Online Databases from the menu on the left and scroll down to the Testing & Education Reference Center icon. Click the icon and copy and paste the User ID and use 0000 as the PIN. 

Hover over the College Prep Tools then choose from the dropdown menu.  You can download free online prep books, or take full length practice tests.


Advance Placement Prep The University of California College Prep Initiative announces free online AP Course preparation to all high school students.  


Financial aid is an important tool for gaining access to a college education, but for many it can feel like a confusing and frustrating process. GEAR UP wants each student to take control of their future by learning how to find and navigate financial aid resources. To achieve this, students must be aware and informed about what's available to them. The websites below are verified and credible resources which may help parents and students understand how financial aid works, the types of aid available, and how to look for the right scholarship.



ACT Guide to Financial Aid

Financial Aid 101 by The College Board

U.S. Department of Education Loan & Grant Fact Sheet

Financial Aid Tools & Calculators


Avoiding Scams



U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Aid for Family Members of Military Personnel & Veterans

The Teacher Education Assistance for College & Higher Education Grant (TEACH)



California Student Aid Commission

California Dream Act / AB540

California Dream Act / AB540 En Español

CA Dream Act Application

Cal Grants

California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP)

California Chafee Grant for Foster Youth



Understanding Grants & Scholarships

U.S. Department of Labor Scholarship Search Tool

U.S. Department of State Scholarship Database

NAVIANCE Scholarship Search

Peterson's Scholarship Search

Fastweb Scholarship Search

Foster Care to Success Scholarships

College Scholarships for Women

Dell Scholars Program

QuestBridge Scholars

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

Tuition Funding Sources



California Middle Class Scholarships

The San Diego Foundation Scholarship Program

San Diego County Office of Education Scholarship List



American Indian College Fund

Native American Scholarships

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

Asian American Scholarship Information

African American Scholarship Opportunities

UNCF Scholarships

The Gates Millennium Scholars

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarships

More Info on Culturally Specific (& other) Scholarships



Please see attached calendar for Parent and Student Financial Aid workshops and Information Nights.

ECHS and OHS are working together, along with MiraCosta College, to ensure that all OUSD students and parents are prepared to file by March 2nd.





A-G Requirements:

California Department of Education A-G Requirements

CSU Mentor High School Subject Requirements

UC A-G Course Management Portal

High School Planning Tools:

GPA Calculator

Eligibility Index Calculator

U.S. Dept. of Ed: Preparing for College

CSU's How to Get to College

The College Board's Make a Plan

Free Monthly Webinars for College Success

College Search:

The College Board School Search

Naviance College Search Tools

Peterson's College Match

National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator

Application Websites:

CSU Mentor

My UC Application

The Common Application

Personal Statement Help:

The OWL Personal Statement Tips

UC Davis: The Personal Statement

Testing Resources:




AP Tests

CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP)

CSU Entry Level Mathematics Test (ELM)

CSU English Placement Test (EPT)

UC SAT Subject Tests

California Community College Websites:

California Community College Homepage

Palomar Community College

MiraCosta Community College

California State University Campus Websites:

California State University Homepage

California State University Bakersfield

California State University Channel Islands

California State University Chico

California State University Dominguez Hills

California State University East Bay

California State University Fresno

California State University Fullerton

California State University Long Beach

California State University Los Angeles

California State University Monterey Bay

California State University Northridge

California State University Sacramento

California State University San Bernardino

California State University San Marcos

California State University Stanislaus

California Maritime Academy

California State Polytechnic University Pomona

California State Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo

Humboldt State University

San Diego State University

San Francisco State University

San Jose State University

Sonoma State University

University of California Campus Websites:

University of California Homepage

University of California Berkeley

University of California  Davis

University of California Irvine

University of California Los Angeles

University of California Merced

University of California Riverside

University of California San Diego

University of California San Francisco

University of California Santa Barbara

University of California Santa Cruz