CSU Requirements for Developmental Courses


In the fall of 1998, every CSU campus was required to comply with an executive order issued by the Board of Trustees and the CSU Chancellor’s Office.  This order (EO 665), deals with how the CSU will handle students who enter one of the 23 CSU campuses needing extra preparation in math and/or English before taking college level courses in these areas.

How does EO 665 affect you?

  • Students who are not fully exempt must take the EPT and ELM tests prior to enrolling in any courses.
  • If your score on these tests is not high enough to qualify you to take a college-level course, you will be required to enroll in remedial (i.e. pre-college level) courses that do not count toward your degree.
  • Enrollment in required remedial courses is a condition of your enrollment in other classes.  You must be enrolled in your remedial courses until you have completed the requirement.
  • Remediation must be completed within a specified time limit (usually one year).
  • Failure to enroll in a required remedial course or to complete remediation within the time limit will result in disenrollment from the University.
  • Be sure you have read and understood the EO 665 Student Handbook located under New Student Information elsewhere on this web site.

What should you know about the ELM/EPT?
  • If you are exempt, be sure the proof of your exemption is on record (i.e. your test scores or transcripts)
  • If you are not exempt, register to take the test(s) at any CSU campus.  Most incoming frosh are required to take the required tests no later than the first Saturday in May  You must register at least two weeks prior to the test date.  If you wait too long, you may miss the deadline and be withdrawn from SJSU.
  • If you must take remedial courses, take them seriously.  Failure to complete your remedial requirements within your first year can result in you being disenrolled from the University.
  • Prepare for the tests!  The results of these tests will determine if you will be placed into remedial courses during your first year.  These courses do not count toward your degree and could delay your graduation.