Education

Cal State freshmen can still start school this fall, despite the July exit exam being cancelled

In file photo, Cal State Fullerton students walk on campus. 
The CSU says they still welcome graduating 2015 high school students to their campus if they were admitted despite not taking exit exam.
In file photo, Cal State Fullerton students walk on campus. The CSU says they still welcome graduating 2015 high school students to their campus if they were admitted despite not taking exit exam.
Anibal Ortiz

High school seniors who were provisionally admitted to one of the 23 California State University campuses but missed their last chance to take the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) can breathe a sigh of relief. CSU officials say they can still start classes this fall even if they didn't complete the CAHSEE. 

The test is an exit exam meant to determine whether a student graduates with appropriate grade-level skills in various subjects.  The July test date was cancelled and was the last opportunity for graduating 2015 seniors to take the test.  The CAHSEE is a requirement to earn a high school diploma in California, so many graduating students who could not take the test were left to face the possibility of not graduating and thus not starting college in the fall. 

Since Cal States don't actually require the CAHSEE to be admitted, there shouldn't be a problem for students, said Toni Molle, director of public affairs for Cal State University's Chancellor's Office. CSU will still let admitted seniors start the semester on time. Molle said potential CSU students only need a graduation date on their final high school transcripts, which means students' admission will not be affected as long as they have proof that that they finished high school and meet all other CSU requirements.

"Our vice chancellor of academic affairs put out the word and wanted to assure students, as well as our admissions people, that we're going to be flexible if the only missing requirement is that they don't have that date," Molle said.

Some Cal States, like Cal State Long Beach, start classes on Monday. 

"Our staff is going to be working with high schools with the students who didn't get those dates and their families to make sure they are going to be able to start the academic year on schedule," Molle said.