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CSU English Success
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English Placement Test (EPT) Requirement

New California State University students must show they are ready for college English by meeting the English Placement Test (EPT) requirement. There are several ways to meet this requirement, all of which are described below.

Warning for not meeting the EPT requirement

Warning: Failure to Meet the EPT Requirement Costs Time and Money

  • You cannot enroll in for-credit CSU college English classes until you meet the requirement.
  • You must spend time taking remedial English classes during your freshman year until you meet the requirement.
  • You will graduate later because you get no degree credit for remedial English classes.
  • You may have to pay additional charges for the remedial classes.
  • If you do not pass the remedial classes by the end of your first year, you may be disenrolled from the university.

Ways to Meet the EPT Requirement

  • Early Assessment Program (EAP) – A status of "Ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level English courses" indicates that you have met the EPT requirement.
  • National Standardized Tests – A qualifying score on one of the following college placement tests fulfills the EPT requirement:

    Test Required score for EPT requirement
    SAT 500 or more on the Critical Reading section
    ACT 22 or more on the English Test
    AP 3 or more on either the Language & Composition or Literature & Composition exam


  • Community College Course – A grade of C or better in a qualifying English transfer course (Area A2) at a community college satisfies the EPT requirement. See your academic advisor or check the ASSIST course transfer website popup window icon for more information.
  • English Placement Test (EPT) – Unless you meet the requirement in one of the ways described above, you must take the EPT before enrolling at the CSU.