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Pre-Baccalaureate Advising & Support Services (PASS)

Library East, Academic Services, Rm. 14 (AS-14) • (562) 985-7895 •

PASS is a special program designed to provide services to students for developing writing and mathematics skills needed to be successful in the required freshmen-level composition and/or mathematics courses. Students, who receive pre-baccalaureate level scores on the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) and/or the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM), must enroll into these writing skills and mathematics courses during the first term of enrollment and each successive term until competence has been demonstrated. Completion of review course work must take place by the end of the second successive semester of enrollment at CSULB.

PASS helps students throughout the year by offering assistance with placement, tracking and intervention. If students have difficulty in one of the pre-baccalaureate courses, PASS counselors can make referrals for tutorial services, provide additional screening to decide if students need other learning skills strategies or evaluation for more serious learning difficulties in the subject matter. Other services include community college equivalency advising and placement advising into appropriate-level writing and/or math courses.

Once students are enrolled in their courses at CSULB, the PASS counseling program monitors students’ progress throughout the academic year to ensure that they are moving forward toward the completion of these requirements. Although not required, students can increase writing and math proficiency in essential basic skills subjects at the college level during the summer prior to their first semester at CSULB by taking at least one of these courses, thus affording them a greater chance of success in all other courses at the university.

Students who are required to complete writing skills and two levels of pre-baccalaureate math are invited to participate in a CSULB campus collaboration called Beach Learning Community. As the counseling component for this program, PASS provides more extensive services.