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The English Placement Test (EPT) is designed to assess the level of reading and writing skills of students entering the California State University. The CSU EPT must be completed by all non-exempt entering undergraduates prior to enrollment in any course, including remedial courses. At CSUN, students who score 151 or above on the EPT will be placed in a one-semester college-level writing class. Students who score 150 & below will be placed in a two-semester college-level writing class.
The English Placement Test (EPT) requires approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to administer and contains the following three sections:
Essay 45 minutes on an assigned topic
Reading Skills 30 minutes to answer 45 multiple-choice questions
Composing Skills 30 minutes to answer 45 multiple-choice questions
The test is divided into three sections. The first section asks you to write an essay. The next two sections assess your ability to comprehend and interpret reading material and your understanding of sentence construction and paragraph development.
To be exempt from the EPT, students must present proof of the one of the following:
*NOTE: The College Board SAT I and SAT II were renamed SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject Tests, respectively, beginning March 2005.
Students who qualify for an exemption that is not reflected in University records should check to see if the qualifying score was sent to CSUN when the test was taken. Contact ETS at 925-808-2142 to double check where your scores were sent. If your scores have not been reported to CSUN, send a copy of your qualifying test scores to CSUN Admissions & Records Office, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8207 so the exemption can be documented on your permanent academic record at CSUN.
All 23 CSU campuses administer the EPT (and the ELM) on a variety of variable dates. For a complete listing, check the CSU EPT/ELM Information bulletin. Pay close attention to the registration deadline listed by each test date since your registration must reach the testing office by the registration deadline.
Students may take the test at the most convenient CSU campus. Online registration is available for all campuses.
If you wish to take the EPT at CSUN, online registration is available. It is highly recommended that you test by one the test dates listed below.
|Test Date||Registration Ends at 11:59pm on|
*System-wide EPT/ELM test dates.
+Last day to take EPT/ELM for Fall 2014 enrollment.
The English Placement Test (EPT) is given in conjunction with the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam. Online registration is available for all campuses. Go to the CSU EPT/ELM Information bulletin for a complete list of EPT and/or ELM test dates and registration procedures.
If you wish to take the EPT at CSUN, online registration is available.
There is an $18 charge for the EPT, payable when you register for the examination. Students who are unable to pay online via credit card, Paypal or echeck, must contact ETS at 925-808-2142 for an alternate payment method. No student will be tested without proper payment and picture identification.
Alternative testing accommodations such as extended time, electronic text, readers or scribes are available through the Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) department to students that have a documented disability and require accommodations to take the exam. If you are not a registered student with DRES and have a disability, please visit the DRES website at http://www.csun.edu/dres/studentservices/registering.php for registration procedures.
Registered DRES students must sign up for the EPT directly with the DRES department in BH 110 to receive accommodations. The University EPT registration deadlines apply for all students and accommodation requests must be submitted by the registration deadline.
Non-Saturday testing is available for religious observances. If your religious observance prevents you from taking the test on the scheduled test date, students must sign up for the EPT online AND contact the Testing Center to receive alternate testing arrangements at (818) 677-2369. Be prepared to provide documentation. The University EPT registration deadlines apply for all students and accommodation requests must be submitted by the registration deadline.
Students, who are non-California residents and are unable to test at one of the California State Universities and need to test in their home state, must register online at the ETS website and Select the Test Campus as "Out of State". Please note that there is an Out of State Testing Fee of $50 in addition to the Testing fees.
Total Test Score - Your Total score is the combined scores of all three sections. It will indicate whether you have the skills in reading and writing that will permit you to perform according to the standards expected of you in regular college Writing courses. A low Total score indicates that you should enroll in a class and/or laboratory designed to improve your skills.
Reading Skills Score - Your score on the Reading Skills section of the test will indicate whether you are reading on a college-entry level or whether you should receive special instruction in reading.
Composing Skills Score - Your score on the Composing Skills section of the test will indicate your ability to select sentences that establish clear meaning, your knowledge of sentence structure according to the conventions of standard written English at the college-entry level, and your ability to recognize statements that support or help develop a given idea.
Essay Score - Your score on the essay will indicate whether you have the skills necessary to write in-class papers or examinations in college.
Because the EPT is a placement test, scores determine what courses students must attend. The chart below will help you and your advisor select the appropriate course:
|EPT Score||Course placement|
|139 and below||113A+B - Approaches to University Writing and mandatory SI each semester|
|140 - 148||114A+B - Approaches to University Writing|
|149 or higher||115 or 155 - Approaches to University|
Failure to complete the required developmental courses in two semesters will result in disenrollment from CSUN. For information about compliance policy, visit the CSU Executive Order 665.
To find out more about what's on the test, see FOCUS ON ENGLISH (PDF format) (http://www.calstate.edu/ar/EPT.PDF) provides information about the entry level English requirement of the CSU EPT test. The document explains scores on other tests that will exempt students from EPT and it includes answers to a number of frequently asked questions. The Focus on English pamphlet includes samples of the types of questions appearing on the new EPT test, as well as examples of essays and how they were scored.
See the CSU English Success website (www.csuenglishsuccess.org) for test review questions.
Additional details may be found at the official CSU EPT/ELM Website (www.ets.org/csu)