Common Entrance, Placement & Certification Exams

ACT (Assessment)Opens in new window

Entering CSU students with less than 56 semester or 84 quarter units must submit either ACT or SAT test scores before eligibilityOpens in new window for admission can be determined.

CBEST (California Basic Education Skills Test)Opens in new window

Students who wish to qualify for a preliminary Multiple Subject Credential or Single Subject CredentialOpens in new window  must pass the CBEST.

CLEP (College Level Examination Program)Opens in new window

CSUF grants undergraduate college credit to students who achieve passing scores on certain CLEP examinations.

CSET (California Subject Examinations for Teachers)Opens in new window

Students working towards a teaching credential may be required to take the CSET in order to verify subject matter competency.

DAT (Dental Admission Test)Opens in new window

Students desiring to enter dental school are required to take the DAT.

EIT (Engineer in Training Exam)Opens in new window

The EIT is the first step toward qualification as a registered Professional Engineer.

ELM (CSU Entry Level Mathematics Examination)Opens in new window

ELM scores are used to evaluate a student’s readiness to take college-level mathematics courses.

EPT (CSU English Placement Test)Opens in new window

EPT scores are used to place students at CSUF in English 101, a credit course in composition or English 99, a non-credit course in developmental writing.

EWP (Junior Level Examination in Writing Proficiency)Opens in new window

All students completing the bachelor’s degree at CSUF must pass the EWP as part of the upper division baccalaureate writing requirement.

GED (General Educational Development Examination)Opens in new window

The GED exam provides persons who have not completed high school an opportunity to achieve credit equivalent to high school graduation. For GED test information at Cal State Fullerton, please call (657) 278-2288.

GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)Opens in new window

Students wishing to enter graduate programs in business are often required to take the GMAT.

GRE (Graduate Record Examination)Opens in new window

Students desiring to enter a wide range of graduate programsOpens in new window  may be required to take the GRE.

LSAT (Law School Admission Test)Opens in new window

Students desiring to enter law school may be required to take the LSAT.

MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)Opens in new window

Students desiring to enter medical school are required to take the MCAT.

MQE (Mathematics Qualifying Exam)Opens in new window

Students at CSUF who wish to enroll in Mathematics 130, 135 or 150A must pass the MQE.

SAT (SAT I) and Subject Tests (SAT II)Opens in new window

Entering CSU students with less than 56 semester or 84 quarter units must submit either ACT or SAT-I test scores before eligibilityOpens in new window for admission can be determined.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Opens in new window

All applicants to CSUF regardless of citizenship, whose native language or language of instruction is other than English are required to present scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language.

PTE (Pearson Test of English)Opens in new window

The PTE measures communicative skills listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills for non-native speakers of English.

Passing scores:

  • Undergraduate: 43
  • Graduate: 58