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one opportunity. limitless Possibilities. If you want to play sports at an NCAA Division I or II school, start by registering for a Certification Account with the NCAA Eligibility Center at eligibilitycenter.org. If you want to play Division III sports or you aren’t sure where you want to compete, start by creating a Profile Page at eligibilitycenter.org. ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS To play sports at a Division I or II school, you must graduate from high school, complete 16 NCAA-approved core courses, earn a minimum GPA and earn an ACT or SAT score that matches your core-course GPA. CORE COURSES Visit eligibilitycenter.org/courselist for a full list of your high school’s approved core courses. Complete 16 core courses in the following areas: D ivision i Complete 10 NCAA core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before your seventh semester. ENGLISH 4 years ADDITIONAL COURSES NATURAL/ PHYSICAL SCIENCE ADDITIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE (Any area listed to the left, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy) 3 years 2 years 1 year 2 years 4 years MATH NATURAL/ PHYSICAL SCIENCE ADDITIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE (Any area listed to the left, foreign language or comparative religion/philosophy) 2 years 3 years 2 years 4 years MATH (Algebra I or higher) (Including one year of lab, if offered) (English, math or natural/physical science) D ivision iI ENGLISH 3 years (Algebra I or higher) 2 years (Including one year of lab, if offered) (English, math or natural/physical science) ADDITIONAL COURSES GRADE-POINT AVERAGE TEST SCORES The NCAA Eligibility Center calculates your grade-point average (GPA) based on the grades you earn in NCAA-approved core courses. • DI requires a minimum 2.3 GPA. • DII requires a minimum 2.2 GPA. Take the ACT or SAT as many times as you want before you enroll full time in college, but remember to list the NCAA Eligibility Center (code 9999) as a score recipient whenever you register to take a test. If you take a test more than once, send us all your scores and we will use the best scores from each test section to create your sum score. We accept official scores only from the ACT or SAT, and won’t use scores shown on your high school transcript. SLIDING SCALE Divisions I and II use sliding scales to match test scores and GPAs to determine eligibility. The sliding scale balances your test score with your GPA. If you have a low test score, you need a higher GPA to be eligible. Find more information about sliding scales at ncaa.org/student-athletes/future/test-scores. 6 THE GATE | MARCH 2019