Developmental Studies

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In the Fall of 1998, every CSU campus was required to comply with an executive order issue by the Board of Trustees and the CSU Chancellor's Office. This order (EO 665), deals with how the CSU will handle students who enter one of the 23 CSU campuses needing extra preparation in math and/or English before taking college level courses in these areas. 


CSU Requirement for Developmental Courses  

What is Executive Order 665 (EO)?

    • EO 665 establishes CSU-wide requirements to bring students who need preparatory work up to competency levels in English and Mathematics. Minimum standards have been established for campus compliance. Students must be placed in the appropriate preparatory courses in the first quarter of attendance and each subsequent quarter. All required preparatory work must be completed within one year from the data of enrollment.

How does EO 665 affect you (the student)?

    • Students who are not fully exempt must take the EPT and ELM tests prior to enrolling in any course.
    • If the score on these test is not high enough to qualify you to take college-level courses, you will be required to enroll in remedial (i.e. pre-college level) courses that do not count towards your degree.
    • Enrollment in required courses is a condition of your enrollment in other classes. You must be enrolled in your remedial courses until you have completed the requirement.
    • Remediation must be completed within a specified time limit (usually one year).
    • Failure to enroll in a required remedial course until you have completed the requirement within the time limit will result in disenrollment from the University. 
    • Be sure you have read and understood the EO 665 Student Handbook located under New Student Information.

What should you know about the ELM/EPT?

    • Determine if you must take the test (click here for a list of exemptions).
    • If you are exempt, be sure the proof of your exemption is on record (i.e your test scores or transcripts).
    • If you are not exempt, register to take the test at any CSU campus. Most incoming frosh are required to take the test no later than the first Saturday in May. You must register at least two weeks prior to the test date. If you wait too long, you may miss the deadline and be withdrawn from SJSU.
    • If you take remedial courses, take them seriously. Failure to complete your remedial requirement within your first year can result in you being disenrolled from the University.
    • Prepare for the test! The results of the test will determine if you will be placed into remedial course during your first year. These courses do not count toward degree and could delay your graduation.