English Placement Test (EPT)

All new undergraduate students entering the California State University are required to take the English Placement Test (EPT) except those who qualify for an exemption. If you are not exempt, you must take the EPT and provide scores to the university prior to beginning your first semester of enrollment. Failure to take the EPT prior to registering for your first semester will result in your not being allowed to enroll at the CSU.

The EPT is designed to assess the level of reading and writing skills of entering undergraduate students so that they can be placed in appropriate courses. Those undergraduates who do not demonstrate college-level skills will be directed to courses or programs designed to help them attain these skills.

The English Placement Test requires approximately 2-1/2 hours to administer and contains the following three sections:

  • Essay - 45 minutes on an assigned topic
  • Reading Skills - 30 minutes to answer 45 multiple-choice questions
  • Composing Skills - 30 minutes to answer 45 multiple-choice questions

The EPT is given in conjunction with the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM). Students may take the test at the most convenient CSU campus. Go to www.ets.org/csuOpens in new window  for online registration at any CSU campus. The CSU has an English Success Website www.csuenglishsuccess.org that includes diagnostic tests, review courses, and videos.