What Is the EPT?

The EPT is a one-time assessment that helps CSU determine what reading and writing courses you should take upon enrollment.

Test Description

The EPT requires one hour and 45 minutes to administer. The test is broken down into one 45-minute essay section and two 30-minute multiple-choice sections that will test your reading and comprehension skills.

Sample questions from each section

You May Be Exempt

You do not have to take the EPT if you present proof of one of the following:

  • A result of Standard Exceeded: "Ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level coursework in English" on the CAASPP Early Assessment Program (EAP) exam.
  • 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.
    • 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® Test: A score between 510–540 on the Evidenced Based Reading and Writing Section*
      • Old SAT Test: A score between 460–490 on the Critical Reading section of the old SAT Reasoning Test
      • A score of 19–21 on the English section of the ACT® Test
  • New SAT Test: A score of 550 or above on the Evidenced Based Reading and Writing section*
  • Old SAT Test: A score of 500 or above on the critical reading section of the old SAT Reasoning Test
  • A score of 22 or above on the ACT English Test
  • 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
  • Completion and transfer to CSU of the credits for a college course that satisfies the CSU General Education requirement in English Composition, provided such course was completed with a grade of "C" or better

*In March 2016, the College Board® began administering a new SAT Test. 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 Test.

How Much Does It Cost?

The fee for taking the EPT is $20. Payment is required at the time of registration and must be paid by credit card, e-check or PayPal®. If you cannot pay by credit card, e-check or PayPal, please contact ETS at EPT-ELMRequest@ets.org or 1-925-808-2142. Fees are nonrefundable during the two weeks prior to the test date. All fees are subject to change.

Additional Information

Students are expected to take the EPT only once. Individual campuses may permit re-taking for specific and documentable reasons.

For more details about the EPT, download Focus on English or visit www.csuenglishsuccess.org.