Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Remediation:

  • What is a remedial course?
    • Remedial courses are pre-college level courses and do not count towards a student's degree.  They will, however, count towards a students total enrollment for the semester. 
  • Will I need to take a remedial course?
    • See ELM/EPT Exemptions.  If you score below 147 on the EPT, you will be required to enroll in a remedial writing course. If you score below 50 on the ELM, you will be required to enroll in a remedial math course. If you have a conditional exemption from the EPT or ELM that is not satisfied by passing an approved senior year course, you will be required to enroll in a remedial course.
    • In addition, students who have earned a conditional exemption from the EPT or ELM and do not provide proof that they have passed an approved senior year course with a C (not C-) or better for both fall and spring semesters by June 30, will be placed into remedial status.  Student who are not taking an appropriate senior year course or who fail either their fall or spring semester with a grade of C- or lower, will need to take the test by May. 
  • When will I need to start my remediation?
    • See Early Start. Most Students will need to start their remediation in the summer prior to their first fall term Students who enter in the spring are exempt from the Early Start requirement.
    • Remedial students are required to enroll in Early Start classes to prepare them for their fall remedial courses.   Only the following are exempt from Early Start requirement: exemption
  • Can I take the ELM or EPT to improve my placement?
    • The EPT can only be taken once.  Students can retake the ELM once in each test cycle. If a score 50 or higher, your requirement will be met. If takes 4-6 weeks to get the results back from ETS.
    • Fall semester students must retake the ELM before the end of October. Students retaking the ELM in Spring, should retake it no later than March. 
  • How do I get out of remediation?
    • You can clear your EPT/ELM remedial status by passing the required courses during your first year at SJSU. Once you have done so. The EPT/ELM service indicator will be removed and you will no longer be in remedial status.
  • What if I don't register for a remedial course?
    • Enrollment is  remedial courses is mandatory. Failure to registrar for or attend a required remedial course will result in all your classes being withdrawn from the semester. 
  • Can I also enroll in other classes?
    • While enrolled in remedial courses, you can take other classes that are on the list of Approved Courses for remedial students. Remedial Students are not allowed to enroll in more than 14 units of any course numbered 100 or higher.
  • How long will I be in remediation?
    • All remediation must be completed within the first year. Once you have completed the requirement, you will be removed from remedial status.

Your Second Semester:

  • What about registration for my second semester?
    • You can register for Approved Courses for your second semester. If you are required to take two semesters of remediation based on your test score, you should register for the second semester course during advance registration. However, if you receive No Credit for your first semester class, you will be dropped from that course in your second semester.
  • What if I fail a remedial course?
    • SJSU had a NO REPEAT policy with respect to remedial courses. If you do not pass your remedial course in your first semester, you will still be able to enroll in Approved Courses for your second semester but must complete the remedial requirement through a community college within your first year.
  • How long do I have to complete remediation?
    • All remediation must be completed within one year or your first regular semester of enrollment.  The only exceptions are as follows:
      • If you are granted a one-semester extension because the course you needed was not available.
      • If the Accessible Education Center request an extension to accommodate a disability.
      • Student who have resided in the United States for less than 8 years will get one additional semester in which to complete their remedial English requirement only. 
  • What if I decide not to attend SJSU for a second semester?
    • Students who have not cleared their remedial requirements and decide not to attend SJSU for a second semester will be placed on EO 665 Leave of Absence.
    • If a student on a leave of absence wants to return to SJSU within the next year, the remedial requirement must be met first. Beyond one year, a student must reapply once they have reached junior status. See the section on being placed on an EO 665 Leave of Absence.
  • Are there exceptions to the one-year time limit?
    • The following exceptions apply to the one-year limit for completing remediation:
      • The Accessible Education Center can request an extension for completion of remediation on a case-by-case basis to accommodate certain disabilities.
      • Students who were unable to enroll in remedial course because it was not available will be granted an additional semester to complete the requirement. Only one extension of this nature is allowed.
      • Students who have resided in the United States for less than 8 years can received an additional semester to complete English remediation at a community college.

Enrollment Beyond one year:

  • What if I haven't completed remediation by the end of my second semester and I don't qualify for an extension?
    • In order to register for a third semester at SJSU, you will need to provide proof that you are enrolled in a course at a community college that will complete the remedial requirement before the beginning of the next term. If you provide proof, you will be allowed to enroll in a third semester. But, proof of a passing grade must be submitted before the first day of classes or you will be withdrawn and placed on an EO 665 Leave of Absence.
  • Can I also enroll in other classes?
    • If you are placed on a leave of absence, you will have up to one year to complete your requirement. If you can do that within one year, you can return to SJSU without having to reapply
      • EPT: Students placed on a Leave of Absence for not completing the EPT requirement must pass a course equivalent to English 1A (GE Area A2) within one year.
      • ELM: Students place on a Leave of Absence for not completing the ELM requirement must pass an Intermediate Algebra course within one year.
  • Can I satisfy my remediation requirement at a community college course?
    • Courses taken to complete a remedial requirement at a community college must be passed with a grade of "C" or better. Once enrolled, the student is responsible for contacting the Director of Developmental Studies at developmentalstudies@sjsu.edu for more information about reporting their final grade.

Other:

  • I am a Spring admit and score below 147 on the EPT or below 50 on the ELM do I have to attend Early Start?
    • Students who have been admitted for Spring semester are exempt from Early Start requirement, but they are subject to all requirements for Executive Order (EO) 665.
  • What is a service indicator?
    • Remedial students will see an EPT and/or ELM service indicator on their records. This Will be listed under holds but will not prevent registration.  It will be removed once the requirement is completed.