EPT Exemption Criteria
The English Placement Test (EPT) is designed to assess the level of reading and writing skills of students entering the California State University. 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:
- New SAT: A score of 550 or above on the Evidenced Based Reading and Writing section*
- Old SAT: A score of 500 or above on the critical reading section of the old SAT Reasoning Test
- A score of 22 or above on the ACT English Test
- A score of 3 or above on either the Language and Composition or Composition and Literature examination of the College Board Scholastic Advanced Placement Program
- Completion and transfer to CSU of the credits for a college course that satisfies the CSU General Education requirement in English Composition, provided such a course was completed with a grade of C or better
- A result of ‘Standard Exceeded: Ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level coursework in English’ on the CAASPP Early Assessment Program (EAP) exam.
- The following Conditionally Exempt statuses require students to continue their preparation in the 12th grade by taking an approved English course and earn 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 exemption was met through another pathway.
a) New SAT: A score between 510 - 540 on the Evidenced Based Reading and Writing Section*
b) Old SAT: A score between 460 - 490 on the critical reading section of the old SAT Reasoning Test
c) A score of 19 - 21 on the English section of the ACT Test
d) A result of ‘Standard Met: Conditionally Ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level coursework in English’ on the CAASPP Early Assessment Program (EAP) exam
* In March 2016, the College Board began administering a new SAT. The new SAT scores are different than the old SAT scores. The CSU will accept both old and new SAT scores for students graduating in 2020 and prior. Students graduating after 2020 will be required to take the new SAT.
- Successful completion, with a grade of C- or better, and transfer to the CSU, of a college course that satisfies the lower division, General Education requirement in English Composition (Area A2). The course must be successfully completed by the time the student enters the university.
Course equivalents at local community colleges are:
MJC: ENGL 101
San Joaquin Delta: ENGL 1A
Merced College: ENGL 1A
Columbia College: ENGL 1A
Students who are currently taking a course that satisfies this requirement and who expect to earn a final grade of C- or better by the time they enter the university, will be considered temporarily exempt from EPT testing if they present proof of enrollment in the course with an official transcript at the time of application to the University
Additional Score Report Information
If you need a copy of your EPT and/or ELM scores:On a piece of paper write your request for a duplicate copy of your scores and
- Print your first and last name
- Your mailing address
- Your social security number
- The month & year you took your test
- Be sure you sign your request.
Include a check or money order for $10 made payable to
"ETS - EPT/ELM"
Mail it to:
Educational Testing Service
2731 Systron Drive, Concord, CA 94518
(Allow 3 - 6 weeks for a response.)
or call (925) 808-2142