EPT Test Dates

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
If you plan to take courses at California State University, you'll probably first need to take the CSU English Placement Test. Read on to find test dates, information about exemptions, and tools to help you prepare for this test.

When and Where To Take The EPT

The California State University (CSU) English Placement Test (EPT) is administered on CSU campuses. All campuses offer the test on three system-wide dates. The 2016 dates for the exam can be found below:

  • February 13th
  • March 19th
  • May 7th

Each campus may choose to offer additional testing opportunities and, on many CSU campuses, the tests are administered on various dates throughout the year. Those dates may be found on the EPT website ( You do not have to take the EPT where you plan to take classes; you may register for and take the EPT at any campus that is convenient for you. Because testing is offered on a first-registered, first-served basis, it is advisable to find your desired test date and location, and register as early as possible.

If you live out-of-state, you must register online to arrange for testing. Out-of-state tests are typically given during the second week of most months. In May, out-of-state tests are administered during the first week of the month.

About the EPT

The English Placement Test helps CSU determine a student's English language skills and abilities so they may be placed in the proper courses. It is not part of the admission process for CSU but, rather, is required of students who are admitted to the CSU system. The test costs $18 and may be taken only once.

Description of the Test

The EPT is a three-section exam that takes an hour and 45 minutes to complete. The test includes two sections that feature multiple-choice questions designed to gauge reading comprehension abilities. Each of these sections is 30 minutes long. The third section of the EPT requires test-takers to write an essay. This section is 45 minutes long.

EPT Test Exemptions

Students do not have to take the EPT if they prove qualified for one of several exemptions. Below are some examples:

  • An ACT English score of 22 or higher
  • A grade of C or higher in an English Composition course that qualifies for transfer credit
  • A satisfactory grade on a CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) exam taken in high school

How to Prepare for the EPT

To ready yourself for the EPT, you may first want to take a look at the sample questions available on the EPT website. To review and hone the skills you'll need to do well on the EPT, offers a comprehensive online EPT: CSU English Language Arts Placement Exam review course. Available online 24/7, this is a convenient prep option for busy students. The course includes chapters on essay writing, reading comprehension and composition skills. Each chapter features easy-to-follow video lessons that average just 8 minutes in length, and includes quizzes and exams so you can make sure you have mastered all the concepts you'll need to ace your EPT.

If you are anxious about taking the EPT, you may also want to check this quick lesson that offers tips on how to overcome test anxiety.

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