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CSU English Success

CSU English Success
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Ready for CSU or Participating CCC College-Level English Courses – Conditional (may be referred as Achievement Level 3)

Your EAP status of “Ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level English courses - Conditional,” indicates that you have more work to do during 12th grade to ensure you are eligible for college-level English courses (“Ready” status). There are several ways to meet the requirement while you’re still in high school — and avoid taking remedial English courses.

Ways to Satisfy the Conditional Status on the EAP in Your Senior Year

Senior Year High School Courses

Obtain full “Ready” status by taking one of these full-year, senior year courses and pass it with a “C” or higher. Be sure to select a course taught by a certified instructor.

  • Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) - Adopted as a full year course in the 12th grade being taught by a certified instructor.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) English
  • Advanced Placement—Language and Composition or Literature and Composition
  • English course approved for extra honors weight on the University of California "a-g" Doorways course list

National Standardized Tests

As a college-bound student, you’ll also be taking the SAT or ACT. Prepare well for these national standardized tests and you can satisfy the ELM requirement. A qualifying score on one of the following college placement tests fulfills the EPT requirement.

Test Required score for EPT requirement
SAT 500 or more on the Critical Reading section
ACT 22 or more on the English Test
AP 3 or more on either the Language and Composition or Literature and Composition exam

Community College Course

Ready status can be yours by getting a grade of C or higher in a qualifying English transfer course (Area A2) at a community college satisfies the GE requirement. Check the ASSIST course transfer website for more information. Be aware that space in traditional English developmental courses may be very limited at many community colleges.

English Placement Test (EPT)

If you’re unable to fulfill the requirement with one of the ways described above, you must take the English Placement Test (EPT). You can take it only once — and you must take it before enrolling in CSU courses. CAUTION: This is your last chance to avoid having to enroll in remedial English courses.

Prepare seriously by reading daily, practicing your writing skills, and accessing the practice tests we’ve prepared for you.

Early Start Program

If you do not pass the EPT examination or otherwise fulfill the requirement, there is one opportunity left to avoid remedial courses: Early Start.

CSU’s Early Start Program requires that incoming students who do not demonstrate readiness for college-level English begin remediation during the summer before coming to the CSU. Early Start is intended to better prepare students before their first semester. Early Start is available at all CSU campuses and online and currently costs $182/unit.