Question: What is the difference between College-prepared and College-ready?

College-prepared means having taken all the courses in high school to meet the minimum admission requirements. However, being admitted to a college does not mean you will automatically be able to participate in college-level coursework once you are enrolled, unless you are considered college ready.


College-ready means demonstrating that you are ready for college-level coursework in math and English through qualifying standardized test scores on the new College Readiness Assessment, SAT, ACT, AP, IB, or the CSU ELM and EPT exams.

What can YOU do your Junior year, to become college-ready?

What is the New College-Readiness Assessment?

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is an assessment aligned with the Common Core State Standards that measures student achievement and growth toward college- and career- readiness. The College Readiness Assessment will be embedded into the Smarter Balanced assessment and will include an essay. Possible results will be College level Ready, Conditional and Not yet Ready. You will receive a report with your assessment results in the summer of 2015.