Test Prep/WST

Undergraduate Tests (ELM / EPT / WST)

The California State University (CSU) system wide placement testing program in basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills consists of the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) examination. You may be required to take one or both of these tests.

Please refer to your admission’s letter or log on to MySJSU to find out if you are required to take EPT/ELM. If you are required to take the exams, you may not register for class until after the exam. Exemptions are typically based on high scores on standardized admission tests such as the SAT or the ACT. Individual course work may also serve to exempt you from one or both tests.

For a more detailed description of the EPT/ELM, various exemption criteria and sample tests, visit the Testing and Evaluation Department: EPT/ELM.

Writing Skills Test (WST)

The CSU requires each campus to establish a Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) which includes a common test for all students. At SJSU, the common test is the Writing Skills Test (WST), which is required of all undergraduate and graduate students prior to enrollment in 100W courses.

For a detailed description of the WST, visit the Testing Office.