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EPT Exemptions

EPT Exemptions

Students entering Cal Poly from high school earn an EPT exemption based on any of the following pre-college examination scores: 

Test Date Score
CAASPP Early Assessment Program (EAP)   Ready
SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing October 2016 or later 550 or above
SAT Critical Reading section March 2005 or later 500 or above
ACT English Test   22
AP Language and Composition   3, 4, or 5
AP Composition and Literature   3, 4, or 5

As well, students with an EAP "Conditionally Ready" status may be exempt from the EPT if they clear their status through one of the following:

  • completion of a grade of “C” or better in an approved yearlong 12th grade English course, which will be determined after the final high school transcript has been received and processed  
  • completion of a grade of C or better in a transferable, college-level composition course equivalent to English 134 or 133, which will be determined after the college transcript is received and processed by the Evaluations Office.

Cal Poly does not accept the IB test as a substitute for the EPT, nor does it qualify for English 134 or 133 credit; students may earn credit for elective courses depending on their IB scores.

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Writing Consultations

The University Writing & Rhetoric Center offers free writing consultations to all Cal Poly students.  

Beginning January 8, students may visit one of three locations and work with a consultant for thirty or sixty minutes.  *Note: the center is no longer located in Building 10, Room 138; the center's main location is now in Kennedy Library, Room 111C.

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English Placement

The CSU determines academic placement based on the results of students' pre-college exam scores. Students who do not clear a conditional status or are deemed "not ready" for college-level coursework based on pre-college exams and/or coursework are placed in writing courses to prepare them for academic success on campus. If developmental coursework is required, students must fulfill a two-quarter stretch composition course by the end of their first year in order to comply with CSU mandates. 

Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)

The GWR must be fulfilled by all Cal Poly students who are seeking a degree, including Master's degree and teaching credentials.  Undergraduate students must complete 90 units before they can fulfill the requirement and should fulfill the requirement before the senior year.  Visit the GWR page for more information on how to complete this requirement.