Admissions Update

First-Time, First-Year (Freshmen) - Fall 2021 - This year the CSU temporarily suspended the use of American College Test (ACT)/Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses. Students are recommended to submit their scores only for placement purposes but are not needed for admissions purposes.

SAT Administration on CSUDH Campus

In accordance with the order of the Governor of California and the university’s COVID-19 response, all in-person events on campus, including the administration of the SAT, are canceled until further notice. No new in-person events should be planned until further notice.

CSUDH SAT Test Dates & Deadlines
Test DateRegistration Deadline

SAT Registration

Students register for the SAT & SAT Subject Tests on the CollegeBoard SAT website.

How to Register for the SAT Online

SAT: On Test Day

From CollegeBoard - Test Day Checklist

What to Bring on Test Day

There are only a few things you really need to bring on test day, and a lot of things you will be better off leaving at home. Be sure to bring:

Nice to Have

  • A watch (without an audible alarm)
  • Extra batteries and backup equipment—you’ll have to ask for permission to access them. They cannot be on your desk during the test.
  • A bag or backpack
  • A drink or snacks (for your break)
  • Breakfast before you arrive

What Not to Bring 

  • Any devices, including digital watches, that can be used to record, transmit, receive, or play back audio, photographic, text, or video content (with the exception of CD players used for Language with Listening Subject Tests only)
  • Audio players/recorders, tablets, laptops, notebooks, Google Glass, or any other personal computing devices
  • iPods or other MP3 players
  • iPads or other tablet devices
  • Laptops, notebooks, PDAs or any other personal computing devices
  • Any texting device
  • Cameras or any other photographic equipment
  • Separate timers of any type
  • Protractors, compasses, rulers
  • Highlighters, colored pens, colored pencils, mechanical pencils
  • Pamphlets or papers of any kind
  • Dictionaries or other books—there are no exceptions, even if English is not your first language
  • Food or drinks (except for during breaks), unless approved by the College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities.

Your school counselor can share a complete list of prohibited devices—just ask to see the Official Student Guide.

Turn Off All Electronic Devices 

You’ll need to turn off all electronic devices during the test, even during breaks. This includes cellphones. Be sure to turn off your watch alarm, if you have one.

Why? Test centers are serious about security and quiet, so prohibited devices—which include cellphones, tablets, and MP3 players—must be turned off and put under your desk. Better yet: Leave them at home.

If You Bring or Use Prohibited Devices 

The test administration staff is encouraged to collect and hold phones and other prohibited electronic devices during the test administration, including break periods, or to deny admission to anyone who is in possession of a prohibited electronic device.

If your device makes noise or you are seen using it at any time, including during breaks, you may be dismissed immediately, your scores can be canceled, and the device may be confiscated and its contents inspected. The College Board is not responsible for loss or damage to personal items, including electronic devices, while you are in the test center.

Testing at CSUDH

Report Time: 7:45 a.m.

Reporting Location: Leo F. Cain Library East Walkway

The Library East Walkway is located in the center of campus between the Leo F. Cain Library and Natural Sciences and Mathematics Building,(NSM).

Parking: Students who park on campus must purchase a parking permit. Parking on campus is $9 for the day.

For additional information on what to expect on test day, see the CollegeBoard resource, What to Expect on Test Day, (

College Board Contact Information 


Phone: 1-866-756-7346 (toll free) | 1-212-713-7789 (international)

For additional contact information, see the Contact Us page on the CollegeBoard website, (

Additional SAT Links

From CollegeBoard:

Inside the Test:


Taking the Test:

Test Registration:

Fee Waiver:

Test Accommodations: