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.
PURPOSE OF THE EPT
The English Placement Test (EPT) is designed to assess the level of reading and writing skills of entering undergraduate students so that they can be placed in appropriate baccalaureate courses. Those undergraduate students who do not demonstrate college-level skills will be enrolled in courses or programs designed to help them gain these skills. (The test is not part of the admission requirements to the CSU, but it is a condition of enrollment if the student is not exempt.) Students may take the EPT only once. It may not be repeated. There is an $18 charge to take the test.
WHO MUST TAKE THE EPT
The CSU EPT must be completed by all non-exempt entering undergraduates prior to enrollment in any course, including remedial courses. Students who score 147 or above on the EPT will be placed in college-level composition classes.
Exemptions from the EPT are granted only to those who present proof of one of the following:
|Test||EPT Exemption Score||*EPT Conditional Exemption Score|
|SAT||500 or more on the Critical Reading section||460 - 490 on the Critical Reading section|
|ACT||22 or more on the English Test||19 - 21 on the English Test|
|AP||3 or more on either the Language & Composition or Literature & Composition exam||N/A|
* Students must continue their preparation in the 12th grade by completing an approved senior year-long English course with a grade of "C" or better. Students that do not meet the conditional requirement will need to participate in the CSU’s Early Start Program, unless they meet other Early Start Program exemptions.
Note: CSU campuses will accept current and redesigned SAT scores for admission eligibility and exemption from the Entry Level Mathematics and English Placement Test. Applicants may submit scores from either test.
CSU ENGLISH SUCCESS WEBSITE
To support you in preparing to meet the English Placement Test (EPT) requirement, the CSU has developed the English Success Website.
On this site you will find: