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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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English Placement Test (EPT)

On the basis of pre-college exam scores, students are deemed ready, conditionally ready, or not ready for college-level coursework.  The CSU requires conditionally ready first-year students to show that they are exempt from English remediation before they can enroll in ENGL 133 or 34. Any student who does not clear a conditional status is placed in writing courses to prepare them for academic success on campus. If developmental coursework is required, students must fulfill the yearlong stretch course by the end of the first year or risk disqualification. 

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.