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This research question has not been sufficiently addressed in the literature because community college administrative datasets do not typically include college placement test scores (or even reasonable proxies such as high school GPA), which are not required for admission to two-year institutions. Taking a college entrance exam may be a better measure of true baccalaureate intention than survey responses to questions about college aspirations, particularly because it is possible to control for multiple testing attempts as a further indicator of aspiration intensity. We match 15 cohorts of first-time community college enrollees in the California Community College system to SAT data from the College Board to determine whether and to what degree there has been a shift over time in baccalaureate-aspiring students into two-year institutions. Term-by-term transcript data enables a close examination of students' enrollment intensity, course-taking patterns and success, and various outcomes (certificate completion, Associate's degree completion, upward transfer). This research unpacks the black box of what happens inside community colleges for students who both academically ready for four-year college and have the aspirations to complete a Bachelor's degree.