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EPT - English Placement Test

Exemptions from the EPT are granted only to those who present proof of one of the following:

A. A result of Standard Exceeded: "Ready" for CSU or participating CCC college-level coursework in English on the CAASPP Early Assessment Program (EAP) exam.
B. 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 and met the conditional requirement.
C. The Conditional requirement may be met by completing an approved English course in the 12th grade and earning a grade of "C-" or better. Students who do not meet the conditional requirement will need to participate in the CSU's Early Start Program, unless exemption was met through one of the following:

  • New SAT: A score between 510 - 540 on the Evidenced Based Reading and Writing Section*
  • Old SAT: A score between 460 - 490 on the Critical Reading section of the old SAT Reasoning Test

D. score of 19 - 21 on the English section of the ACT Test
E. New SAT: A score of 550 or above on the Evidenced Based Reading and Writing section*
F. Old SAT: A score of 500 or above on the Critical Reading section of the old SAT Reasoning Test
G. A score of 22 or above on the ACT English Test
H. 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
I. 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

* 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.

J. Completion of an alternative assessment at SJSU