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All students must take the EPT or document their exemptions before registering in their first semester of classes. This test determines whether you should enroll in ENGL 1A (College Composition), ENGL 1 (Basic Writing Skills), or LS 15 (College Language Skills). If English is not your first language and you could benefit from instruction for multilingual writers, the EPT, taken at Sacramento State will place you in equivalent multilingual courses: ENGL 2 (College Composition for Multilingual Students), LS 87 (Basic Writing Skills for Multilingual Students), or LS 86 (College Language Skills for Multilingual Students). You must take the EPT before you can enroll in any classes in the University, and you must enroll in your required preparatory classes (LS 15, ENGL 1 or LS 86, LS 87) in your first semester and complete your preparatory class sequence by the end of your first year at Sacramento State.

To register for the test, go to the Testing Center LSN 2302, (278-6296) or register online at by the deadline date. Students who need special accommodations because of disabilities should get a clearance from the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities, LSN 1008, (278-6955) and submit it with the test registration materials at least a week before the deadline.

Any of the following exempts you from the EPT:

• Completion (grade of “C-” or better) of ENGL 1A or its equivalent at another college;

• CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) exemption;

• A score of 470 or above on the Verbal Section of the (SAT) College Board Scholastic Aptitude Test (before April 1995);

• A score of 550 or above on the Verbal/Critical Reading Section of the SAT (April 1995 or later);

• A score of 22 or above on the (ACT) American College Testing English Usage Test (before October 1989);

• A score of 24 or above on the (ACTE) Enhanced American College Testing English Usage Test (October 1989 or later);

• A score of 3 or above on the Advanced Placement Language and Composition or Composition and Literature Examination of the College Board Advanced Placement Program;

• A score of 600 or above on the College Board Achievement Test in English with essay (before January 1994);

• A score of 600 or above on the College Board SAT II Writing Test (between January 1994 and March 1995);

• A score of 660 or above on the College Board SAT II Writing Test taken between April 1, 1995 and April 1998;

• A score of 680 or above on the re-centered and adjusted College Board SAT II: Writing Test taken May 1998 or after.

The EPT may be taken at any CSU campus; placement tests taken at other colleges or universities do not apply.

If you qualify for an exemption under any of the provisions above, go to the Student Services Counter, Lassen Hall, to arrange documentation.


Undergraduate international students and permanent residents must take the EDT (1) if they did not take the English Placement Test (EPT) at Sacramento State or (2) if they fulfilled the freshman composition requirement (ENGL 1A) at another campus. If you are an upper division student, failure to take the EDT by the end of your first semester on campus will prevent registration in any classes during your second semester. An EDT score is a requirement for registration in any multilingual course: LS 85, LS 86, LS 87, or ENGL 2. For more information, contact the Learning Skills Center (278-6725).


All students must complete ENGL 1A (College Composition) with a grade of “C-” or better. This requirement may also be met by completing a course equivalent to ENGL 1A at another college or university. Multilingual students may meet the requirement by completing ENGL 2 with a grade of “C-” or better. You must take the English Placement Test (EPT) and you may be required to take one or more preparatory course before enrolling in ENGL 1A or ENGL 2. You should take English 1A/2 immediately after completing your required preparatory courses (LS 15/English 1 or LS 86/LS 87) and no later than the point at which you complete 30 units. For further information, contact the English Composition Office, CLV 111, (278-6409).


Students with catalog rights beginning Fall 1992 and later are required to complete ENGL 20/ENGL 20M (Multilingual), or equivalent, with a grade of “C-” or better after successfully completing ENGL 1A.


One course designated as Writing Intensive is required for graduation. Writing Intensive courses are identified in the General Education pattern section by an *. Students may have the option of meeting this requirement with a course offered in the major; check with your major department. Prerequisites for enrollment in a Writing Intensive class are completion of GE Areas A2, A3, and College Composition II.


All CSU students must satisfy the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) before graduation.


Sacramento State juniors (students with more than 60 units) must take the Writing Placement for Juniors (WPJ) before beginning their second semester of junior standing. Students who do not meet this policy requirement will have holds placed on their registrations when they complete 74 units.

Placement into upper-division coursework via English 109W/109M or the Writing Placement for Juniors (WPJ) is a prerequisite for enrollment in a Writing Intensive course.

Sign Up: Register for the test online at

Students with Disabilities: Request testing accommodations through the Services to Students with Disabilities Office, LSN 1008, (278-6955) at least one week before the sign-up deadline, then register online at

Multilingual Students: Register in the WPJ Office, CLV 111.

Transfer Students: If you satisfied the GWAR at another CSU campus, go to CLV 111.

For Students who choose to take the Writing Placement for Juniors (WPJ) timed test:

The Day of the WPJ: On the day of the exam you must bring the following: (1) check or money order for $25 made out to CSUS - NO CASH; (2) two pieces of picture identification; (3) pens and pencils. You may bring a dictionary (electronic is NOT acceptable). A test booklet will be provided. You will have 2 1/2 hours in which to complete the exam. You may not leave the exam room during the first two hours. Essays become the property of the University and will not be returned.

Make-up Exam: To qualify for a make-up exam, students must present one of the following to the Testing Center, LSN 2302:

1. A written statement on letterhead from your clergyman during the regular registration period; OR

2. Official proof of an emergency (e.g., a doctor’s letter or police accident report) on Monday following the exam.

If you are unable to schedule the regular exam for some reason other than an emergency or religious conflict, you must present your case in writing to the WPJ Office (CLV 111) during the regular registration periods. Check with the WPJ Office for more information regarding make-up exams.

Completing the GWAR: As a result of completing either ENGL 109W/109M or the WPJ timed essay test, students will be notified of their placement into upper-division coursework. Then, in order to complete the GWAR, each student will be directed to complete a specific requirement from the following list:
• (3 units)--pass the WI course with a C- or higher;
• (4 units)--pass the WI course with a C- or higher; also pass English 109 (1 unit) concurrently with WI course;
• (6 units)-- take ENGL 109W/109M; then pass the WI course with a C- or higher;
• (10 units)--pass LS 86; then take ENGL 109W/109M; then pass the WI course with a C- or higher;
• (10 units +) take additional course or courses prior to LS 86.

Graduate Students: Writing proficiency at the graduate level will be demonstrated by successful completion of the culminating experience. Students shall have their preparedness for graduate level writing assessed by the end of their first semester of graduate study. Students’ preparedness may be demonstrated by meeting one of the standards specified on the WPG Equivalency form. Students who do not meet any of these standards must take the Writing Placement for Graduate Students (WPG) during the first semester of graduate study at California State University, Sacramento. Students whose performance on the WPG indicates that they need additional preparation will be placed into appropriate writing intensive courses. The University requires students to begin taking this coursework immediately. All writing intensive coursework must be completed with a grade of B or better prior to advancement to candidacy. For more information, contact the Graduate Admissions Office (278-6470).

For additional information on GE and other graduation requirements, visit “Advising FAQ’s” at

Writing Placement for Juniors Examination Schedule
Fall 2009 - Spring 2010
Writing Placement for Juniors Exam Given
Sign Up Dates
Saturday, July 25, 2009 Monday, July 6 - Friday, July 17, 2009 Tuesday, July 28, 2009 (deadline to sign up: July 27, 4 p.m.)
Saturday, September 12, 2009 Monday, August 24 - Friday, September 4, 2009 Tuesday, September 15, 2009 (deadline to sign up: September 14, 5 p.m.)
Saturday, January 9, 2010 Monday, November 30 - Friday, December 11, 2009 Tuesday, January 12, 2010 (deadline to sign up: January 11, 4 p.m.)
Saturday, March 6, 2010 Monday, February 15 - Friday, February 26, 2010 Tuesday, March 9, 2010 (deadline to sign up: March 8, 5 p.m.)
Saturday, May 15, 2010 Monday, April 26, 2010 - Friday, May 7, 2010 Tuesday, May 18, 2010 (deadline to sign up: May 17, 5 p.m.)