Basic Skills Requirement for School Counseling and School Psychology
Applicants: Complete Basic Skills Requirement Worksheet
Applicants to the School Counseling and School Psychology must self-attest to meeting each of the three required sections of the Basic Skills Requirement by completing and uploading the Basic Skills Requirement Worksheet on MyCED.
Applicants who are admitted to the School Counseling and School Psychology programs must demonstrate that they have met the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR) and have several ways to do so, as noted below. You may also use the CTC's BSR Self-Assessment tool. Admitted students will be required to submit official documentation as a condition of their admission, and cannot matriculate into the program if they have not met the BSR at the time of admission.
*NOTE: If you are using test scores to meet all, or part, of the Basic Skills Requirement:
- Applicants are encouraged to upload a copy of the test score report(s) along with the worksheet, but it is not required.
- Please note that those offered admission will then be required to provide official score reports.
Any combination of courses and scores is acceptable
Coursework in reading, writing, and mathematics as outlined below:
- Reading: must be in the subject of critical thinking, literature, philosophy, reading, rhetoric, or textual analysis (typically found in CSU General Education category A3)
- Writing: must be in the subject of composition, English, rhetoric, written communications, or writing (typically found in CSU General Education category A2)
- Mathematics: must be in the subject of algebra, geometry, mathematics, quantitative reasoning, or statistics (typically found in CSU General Education category B4)
- Acceptable Coursework must meet these criteria:
- “B-“ or better (Pass/Credit also acceptable)
- Completed at a Regionally Accredited college or university
- 3 semester units (or 4 quarter units) of college credit
- Degree applicable (not remedial)
- A course that does not fall within the indicated areas may still qualify with an additional letter of explanation. The letter must be from the registrar or the department chair that oversees the Mathematics or English department, as applicable. The letter must state that a course passed by the applicant covered reading, writing, or mathematics. Such a letter could also attest that a single course sufficiently indicates proficiency in reading and writing combined. NOTE: This step would only be required for admitted students.
Pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) – total scaled score of 123 or above
Pass the CSET: Multiple Subject Plus Writing Skills Examination – passing status
Pass the CSU Early Assessment Program or the CSU Placement Examinations
- See Appendix A, Table 1 of CL-667; Please note: as of 9/30/19, duplicate scores no longer available
Achieve Qualifying Score on the SAT
- Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: exam date 3/1/16-present, score of 560 or above, exam date prior to 2/28/16, score of 500 or above on Critical Reading (or Verbal)
- Math: exam date 3/1/16-present, score of 570 or above, exam date prior to 2/28/16, score of 550 or above
Achieve Qualifying Score on the ACT
- Score of 22 or above on the ACT English exam
- Score of 23 or above on the ACT Mathematics exam
College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
- Score of 3 or above on one of the following: English Language and Composition, or English Literature and Composition
- Score of 3 or above on one of the following: Calculus AB, Calculus BC, or Statistics
Pass a Basic Skills Examination from Another State – Out-of-State Basic Skills Exams Guide
For detailed information of CTC approved options, please click on the following links: