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About the California State University Placement Tests

English Placement Test (EPT) and Entry-Level Mathematics Test (ELM)

The California State University (CSU) has made many changes to their developmental education policy for admitted students. As a result, beginning October 1, 2017, the English Placement Test (EPT) and Entry-Level Mathematics Exam (ELM) will no longer be offered.


The CSU policy changes include:

  • expanded use of multiple measures for course placement in the first year.
    • These measures include, but are not limited to, high school grades and GPA, grades in collegiate courses, ACT and SAT scores, Advanced Placement (WP) scores, and International Baccalaureate (IB) scores. 
  • the elimination of non-credit bearing prerequisite courses
  • strengthening the Early Start Program 



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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