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PURPOSE OF THE 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 baccalaureate courses. Those undergraduate students who do not demonstrate college-level skills will be enrolled in courses or programs designed to help them attain these skills. The test is not a condition for admission to the CSU, but it is a condition of enrollment. Students may take the EPT only once. It may not be repeated. There is no charge to take the EPT.
WHO MUST TAKE THE EPT
The CSU English Placement Test (EPT) must be completed by all entering undergraduates, with the exception of those who present proof of one of the following:
Focus on English (EPT) provides information about the English competencies required by the CSU, and it includes a number of frequently asked questions. Focus on English includes samples of the types of questions appearing on the EPT, and there is an essay scoring guide and sample essays.
As of fall 1999, students are able to have their writing skills diagnosed through the CSU Diagnostic Writing Service. Students may access the service for a small fee at the following website: http://www.essayeval.org. Through this service, students may submit essays responding to an EPT essay question, and trained CSU faculty will read their essay, providing students with diagnostic comments about their writing skills.
The Diagnostic Writing Service (DWS) is available as an on-line service for students and teachers to assess current writing skills against college-level expectations. The DWS allows individual students to respond to actual EPT writing prompts and to improve their own writing in response to the diagnostic feedback. It is also intended as a teacher-mediated program that encourages high school teachers to become familiar with college-level expectations for writing, to have access to the relevant diagnostic information for their class as a whole, and to incorporate the DWS and related materials into their curricula. For further information visit the Diagnostic Writing Service website at: