California State University, Fullerton

Validation of High School Coursework

What is validation?

Validation is using a satisfactory grade of C- or better in a subsequent semester or course to reconcile a grade below a C in a previous semester or lower level course.  A grade lower than a C- in “ a-g “ coursework is not acceptable except where the course material builds on previous knowledge and a grade in a subsequent semester or course is a C or better.  If a high school student earns a grade below a C- in the first semester of a yearlong course in mathematics, foreign language, or chemistry and earns a C- or better in the second semester or a higher level course it is recognized as validation of satisfactory completion of subject performance requirements.

Completion of an advanced course in the mathematics or foreign language will validate the previous course(s).    For example, a C- or better in the second semester of the second year of a foreign language will validate the first year of a foreign language. 

Statistics, though, does not validate coursework in Geometry.

Courses can be taken at your own high school, a community college, a four-year college, and through online college websites.  Confirm with your counseling office that the class you are taking meets their high school requirements and the a-g course list.  All college courses must be completed before your graduation date is posted on your transcript. 

What courses can be validated?

Only yearlong courses in mathematics, foreign language, or chemistry can be validated by satisfactory grades in subsequent coursework. 

Students must repeat the class where a grade less than a C- was earned in the subjects of English, social science, life science,  sciences other than chemistry, and visual and performing arts. 

What courses validate a grade below a C- in Geometry?

A grade of C- or better in a math class where the prerequisite is Algebra 2, except Statistics, will validate Geometry.  Examples of these classes include, but are not limited to, trigonometry, math analysis, pre-calculus, or calculus. 

If I start with an honors class in math and receive a grade below a C-, can I switch to a regular class the second semester? 

Yes. A satisfactory grade in the second semester of a yearlong course will validate the first semester.  Both grades will be calculated in the GPA.

What classes validate Algebra 2 (Intermediate Algebra)?

One semester of a higher level math, where the prerequisite is Intermediate Algebra, completed with a grade of C- or better will validate both of the required years of Algebra.  If it is a class other than Statistics, it will validate the required three years of math- Algebra 1, Geometry and Intermediate Algebra.

Does a C- in the second semester of chemistry validate a D in the first semester?

Yes.  For admission to a CSU campus, completion of the second semester with a C- or better does validate a grade less than a C- in the first semester of chemistry.  

Does a C- in the second semester of Physics or Biology validate a D in the first semester?

No. The second semester in a science other than chemistry does not validate a D in the first semester.  The first semester class must be repeated. 

What happens if I get a D in an English class?

You must repeat the class or take another English class and earn a grade of C- or better.  If you repeat the exact  same course, only the subsequent grade will be calculated in your GPA.  If you take another class, both grades will be used in the GPA calculation.

Students must repeat the class in the subjects of English, social science, life science,  sciences  other than chemistry,  and visual and performing arts where a grade less than a C- was earned. 

If I take an AP Exam and earn a 3 or better, does it validate D grades in English?

No, but passing the English AP exam with a score of 3 or higher will satisfy the 4 years of English requirement and grant you college credit.  All the grades, including those lower than a C-, will be counted in the GPA.  If the test is taken in the senior year, the score may be received too late for admission purposes.

I got a D in the first semester of my foreign language class. 

A grade of C- or better in the second semester of a yearlong course will validate the first semester, and the grade in the first semester of a yearlong course will be counted toward the GPA.  If the first semester exact same course is repeated, then only the higher grade will be counted in the GPA.

How can I get more information on how my Eligibility Index or GPA is calculated?

For more Eligibility Index is calculated based on your SAT and/or ACT scores and what is used to calculate your GPA, see the Eligibility Index and College Preparatory GPA.

My native language is not English.

Submit a letter of verification from your high school that you are a speaker of a foreign language or take the SAT II subject exam and score at least 550 or take the AP exam and score at least 3 or provide proof of attendance at a non-English speaking school through the 8th grade. 

I got a D in the first semester of my art class.

You must repeat the class since satisfactory grades in subsequent semesters do not validate previous grades in visual and performing arts classes.  If you repeat the exact same course, only the better grade will be calculated in your GPA.