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Testing Information

Freshman Prior to Admission

ACT and SAT

CSU campuses use either the ACT or the SAT in the calculation of your eligibility index. While SAT/ACT test scores are not required to establish the admission eligibility of California residents with high school grade point averages of 3.00 or above (nonresidents 3.61 or above), impacted campuses and impacted first-time freshmen enrollment categories often include test scores among the supplemental criteria required of all applicants to those campuses and enrollment categories. The CSU does not use the SAT Writing section or the ACT Writing score to calculate the CSU Eligibility Index.

Note: CSU campuses will accept current and redesigned SAT scores for admission and exemption from Entry Level Mathematics and English Placement Test. Applicants may submit scores from either test.

CSU Early Assessment Program

The Early Assessment Program (EAP) lets you know if you are ready for college-level work in English and mathematics at the end of your junior year of high school. The early signal gives you the opportunity to improve your skills during your senior year or the summer before attending a CSU or community college. As a high school senior, you may determine your EAP status for math and English by accessing www.csusuccess.org/eap_results, log in with your CSU Mentor account, and follow a simple four step process. You may also receive step-by-step advice on preparing for the CSU.

Freshman & Transfer After Admission and Prior to Enrollment

CSU Placement Tests for New Students

The CSU requires you to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam prior to enrollment in the CSU unless you are exempt by means of scores earned on other appropriate assessment tests such as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) exams in English and Mathematics, the SAT, ACT, or Advanced Placement (AP) tests.

Note: Upper-division transfer students satisfy these requirements by completion of Written Communication (A2) and Quantitative Reasoning (B4) course requirements.

English Placement for CSU First-Time Freshmen

The CSU requires new students to be tested in English as soon as possible after they are admitted and before enrolling at a CSU campus. The test is used to determine whether students are prepared for college work; and if they are not, to place the students in appropriate remediation courses or activities. Students may be exempt from the test if they have scored well on other specified tests or have completed appropriate courses. This test is not part of CSU admission requirements, but is a condition of enrollment if the student is not exempt.) There is an $18 charge to take the test.

Note: Upper-division transfer students satisfy this requirement by completion of the Written Communication (A2) course requirement for CSU admission eligibility.

Entry Level Math (ELM) Exam for CSU First-Time Freshmen

The CSU requires new students to be tested in mathematics as soon as possible after they are admitted and before enrolling at a CSU campus. The test is used to determine whether students are prepared for college work; and if they are not, to place the students in appropriate remediation courses or activities. Students may be exempt from this test if they have scored well on other specified tests or have completed appropriate courses. This test is not part of CSU admission requirements, but is a condition of enrollment if the student is not exempt. There is an $18 charge to take the test.

Note: Upper-division transfer students satisfy this requirement by completion of the Quantitative Reasoning (B4) course requirement for CSU admission eligibility.

English Language Examination

All undergraduate applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is not English or who have not attended schools at the secondary level or above for at least three years of full time study at an institution where English is the principal language of instruction, must demonstrate English competency by receiving a minimum score on an approved English proficiency exam or must present a score of 500 or above on the Test of English as a Foreign Language.

Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Program (MDTP)

The Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Program (MDTP), developed jointly by CSU and UC faculty members, offers tests for California students from the pre-algebra level to calculus. MDTP is not required for enrollment, but is used by some campuses to provide better guidance for specific mathematics course placement.

Graduate and Post Baccalaureate Applicants

English Language Examination

All graduate and post baccalaureate applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English, must demonstrate competence in English.

Additional Tests

Please refer to each campus regarding admission requirements, and additional tests such as the GRE or GMAT.

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