Testing Office - COVID Updates and Announcements

An update for the first-time freshman: The CSU has temporarily suspended the SAT or ACT test requirements only for students applying for admission as freshmen. This means that SAT and ACT scores will not be used for determining who gets admitted into the CSU.​ This temporary change of admission eligibility applies only for fall 2021, winter 2022, and spring 2022 admission cycles.

If you have already taken and submitted your ACT or SAT scores, CSU campuses will not use them in the admission evaluation process to determine who gets admitted. If you are accepted to a CSU campus the scores will be used as one of the measures to place you in the proper mathematics and English courses. For more information, please visit the First-Time Freshman Guidance and the First-Time Freshman Frequently Asked Questions​​ pages. 

  • Students will continue to earn general education or lower-division major credits if they completed AP exams with scores of 3, 4, or 5 in a CSU-accepted Advanced Placement (AP) Exam.​
  • SAT Subject Tests have been discontinued.
  • SAT Essay will be discontinued after June 2021.

An update for teacher candidates whose credential process was affected by the pandemic between March 19, 2020, and Aug. 31, 2021: 

  • The Teaching Performance Assessment, CalTPA, is waived to earn a preliminary credential.
  • The Reading Instruction Competence Assessment, RICA, is waived to earn a preliminary credential.
  • The California Basic Educational Skills Test, CBEST, is no longer required to enter a teacher preparation program, but basic skills requirements must be met before being recommended for a credential. Candidates who have not previously failed the test have also been given an extra year to pass it if they were impacted by the pandemic between March 19 of last year and Jan. 31 of this year.
  • Subject matter requirements, like passing tests in the CSET or subject matter programs, are waived for teacher candidates who want to work as interns and student teachers, although it must be passed before earning a preliminary credential.

Note: These waivers must be requested through the candidate's teacher preparation program.

Spring 2021 Semester: Stan State has moved to a virtual campus model as a preventative measure against Coronavirus (COVID-19). To promote health and safety, all on-campus testing services are now paused temporarily. The campus Testing Office is closed with staff operating remotely. As we continue to navigate this time of uncertainty, our staff remains hard at work to ensure that regular face-to-face testing services will continue again as soon as allowable. Please refer to this website frequently for updates, and also check your StanState email often for future developments. Most importantly, stay safe and stay healthy.

WPST (Writing Proficiency Screening Test)


In response to the Chancellor’s memo, the April 11th, 2020 WPST, and all future WPST administrations have been canceled. In order to ensure students are able to proceed to graduation in a timely manner, students may take a WP course in the fall or spring without completion of the WPST. Students who are in at least sophomore standing and have passed the Golden 4 (A1, A2, A3, and B4) may enroll in a WP course in Winter 2021 or Spring 2021 without meeting any additional prerequisites. If you have any questions about this, please reach out to the GWAR Coordinator by email at GWAR@csustan.edu.

Updated: January 26, 2022