Placement Tests

English Placement Test (EPT)

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. Undergraduates who do not demonstrate college-level skills will be placed in courses or programs designed to help them attain these skills.

Entering freshmen and other undergraduate students are required to take the EPT unless one of the below exemptions are met.

Exemptions from the EPT:

  • SAT Critical Reading score of 500 or above
  • ACT English Test score of 22 or above 
  • Advanced Placement (AP) Language Comprehension or Literature exam  score of 3 or above
  • Completion of a transferable college course satisfying the requirement of English Comprehension with a grade of C or better.
  • Placement in the "Ready for CSU college level English courses” on the Early Assessment Program (EAP) in English.
  • Placement in the "Ready for CSU college level English courses - Conditional" status.  Although exempt from taking the EPT based on Early Assessment Program (EAP) scores, SAT Critical Reading scores of 460-490, or ACT English Test scores of 19-21; CSUEB strongly encourages students not fulfilling the senior year course requirement to take the EPT to see if a sufficient score can be obtained to place out of remedial coursework and the mandatory Early Start Program since prior scores indicate potential for college readiness.

Incoming freshmen required to complete the EPT must take the test by the posted deadline indicated for the entering class. Register at https://ept-elm.ets.org/.

The test is offered at all 23 CSU campuses and out-of-state testing is available. Contact CSUEB’s Testing Office for additional testing information.

Entry Level Mathematics Test (ELM) 

The ELM is designed to assess the skill levels of entering CSU students in the areas of mathematics typically covered in three years of rigorous college preparatory mathematics courses in high school. Undergraduates who do not demonstrate college-level skills will be placed in courses or programs designed to help them attain these skills.

Entering freshmen and other undergraduate students are required to take the ELM unless one of the below exemptions are met.

Exemptions from the ELM:

  • SAT Math section score of 550 or above
  • ACT Math Test score of 23 or above 
  • Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB, Calculus BC, or Statistics exam score of 3 or above
  • Completion of a transferable college course satisfying the requirement of quantitative reasoning with a grade of C or better.
  • Placement in the "Ready for CSU college level Math courses” on the Early Assessment Program (EAP) in Mathematics.
  • Placement in the "Ready for CSU college level Math courses - Conditional" status. Although exempt from taking the ELM based on Early Assessment Program (EAP) scores, SAT Math section score of 490-540, or ACT Math Test score of 20-22; CSUEB strongly encourages students not fulfilling the senior year course requirement to take the ELM to see if a sufficient score can be obtained to place out of remedial coursework and the mandatory Early Start Program since prior scores indicate potential for college readiness.

Incoming freshmen required to complete the ELM must take the test by the posted deadline indicated for the entering class. Register at https://ept-elm.ets.org/.

The test is offered at all 23 CSU campuses and out-of-state testing is available. Contact CSUEB’s Testing Office for additional testing information.

Writing Skills Test (WST)

The California State University requires all students to demonstrate writing competency at an advanced level in order to receive a baccalaureate or master’s degree. Students must satisfy the University Writing Skills Requirement (UWSR) unless the graduation writing proficiency assessment was satisfied for a previous California State University degree. 

Students can complete the UWSR by taking the required English courses or passing the Writing Skills Test (WST). Undergraduates must have completed at least 90 quarter units of baccalaureate level work (junior standing) before attempting to satisfy the UWSR. Graduate students who did not satisfy the requirement as undergraduates must take the WST no later than their first quarter of attendance.

Registration to take the WST is required. For more information on registering to take the WST, visit the Testing Office.

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