EPT: CSU English Language Arts Placement Exam
About the Course
California State University's EPT is required for all first-time students admitted to the school. The 3-part test allows a total of an hour and 45 minutes to complete. The exam consists of multiple-choice questions for the reading and composing skills sections, plus a written essay. The EPT is offered several times a year at CSU campuses, and you'll need to make sure you've taken the exam by the deadline based on the semester you plan to register.
Preparing and Registering for the EPT
Education Portal's EPT course helps you prepare by covering the skills you'll need for the exam, such as organizing and structuring an essay, analyzing a passage of text, and writing with clear sentence structure. In addition to the engaging video lessons in each chapter, you'll have the opportunity to evaluate your understanding of the subjects through short quizzes available with every lesson. The quizzes also help you establish a testing strategy and introduce you to the question format you'll experience on the EPT.
Registration for the EPT is available online. The school assigns you a username and password to access the system, check your exemption status, and register for any required exams. If you have taken other college-readiness exams, such as the SAT or ACT, you may not need to take the EPT, depending on the scores you received. If you need to test outside of California, there's an additional fee, and testing dates are limited to once a month. On the day of the test, you'll need to bring your social security number, photo identification, your test ticket, and soft-lead #2 pencils. You won't be allowed any study materials, electronic devices, photographic equipment or any type of paper.
Scoring the EPT
Scores for the EPT are available about four to six weeks after the test date. You can view your score reports online or have them mailed to you. The report will show your total score as well as a breakdown of the scores you received in each section. The essay score ranges from 0-6 and takes your writing skills, reasoning, organization, development, mechanics, and clarity into consideration. The scores for both the reading and composing skills sections range from 120-180.
During the essay portion of the test, you'll be presented with a passage about a general-knowledge topic. After thinking through the topic, you'll write an essay in support of or opposing the viewpoint in the passage, using reasoning, examples, and experiences to support your conclusion. Education Portal's chapter on essay writing guides you through evaluating a passage, building your arguments, formulating your reasoning, and writing a strong essay. You'll be able to learn about rhetoric, proofreading, and writing an attention-grabbing thesis statement, then quiz yourself and write some practice essays to hone your skills.
EPT: Reading Skills
There are 45 questions in the Reading Skills section. You'll read a short paragraph and answer a series of questions about the vocabulary, word choice, relationship, or meaning of specific sentences or the paragraph as a whole. The Reading Comprehension chapter in Education Portal's EPT course teaches you reading strategies that help you analyze and find the main idea of a passage. You'll be able to learn how to use inference in poetry, draw conclusions from a statement, identify mood and tone, and use context to determine the meaning of words. The Logical Relationships chapter shows you how statements can contrast or contradict each other, explain consequence, clarify an implied meaning, or show cause and effect.
EPT: Composing Skills
The Composing Skills portion of the EPT also contains 45 questions. Some ask you to choose the best word or words to complete a sentence, some look for the most appropriate transitional sentence to complete a paragraph, and others ask you to identify the best supporting statement for a topic. The EPT course offered through Education Portal includes a chapter that teaches you how to compose grammatically and structurally correct sentences and paragraphs. Learn about clarity, avoiding mixed structure sentences, word choice, logical fallacies, types of clauses and faulty comparisons. Take each lesson's corresponding quiz to test your understanding of parallel sentences, sentence fragments, and sentence boundaries.
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All Videos in EPT: Essay Writing
- 1. How to Evaluate Reasoning
- 2. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article
- 3. How to Organize an Essay
- 4. How to Write an Outline
- 5. Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay
- 6. What is a Thesis Statement?
- 7. How to Write a Thesis Statement
- 8. Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience
- 9. How to Write a Strong Essay Body
- 10. How to Write a Great Argument
- 11. How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay
- 12. How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence
- 13. How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt
- 14. Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays
- 15. How to Write a Great Essay Quickly
- 16. Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing
- 17. Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing
- 18. How to Edit and Improve Essay Content
- 19. How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar
All Videos in EPT: Reading Comprehension
- 1. How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide
- 2. Get the Gist of an Essay & Improve Reading Comprehension
- 3. Reading Strategies Using Visualization
- 4. Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies
- 5. Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation
- 6. What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition and Examples
- 7. What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning
- 8. Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure
- 9. Tone vs. Mood: Interpreting Meaning In Prose
- 10. What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples
- 11. How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words
- 12. How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions About Literature: Test-Taking Strategies
All Videos in EPT: Composing Skills
- 1. How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?
- 2. How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay
- 3. How to Structure Sentences in an Essay
- 4. Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences
- 5. Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences
- 6. How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure
- 7. How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay
- 8. How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs
- 9. What are Logical Fallacies? - Define, Identify and Avoid Them
- 10. How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons
- 11. Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences
- 12. Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination
- 13. What are Predicates? - Definition and Examples
- 14. Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences
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