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Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation (GSP)


General Information

The Grammar, Spelling, and Punctuation (GSP) test is a way to determine whether students in the School of Journalism & Media Studies (JMS) at San Diego State University (SDSU) have sufficient command of English to indicate probable success in the curriculum and in related careers. The GSP consists of 100 multiple-choice questions in three areas: 33 questions cover grammar; 33 questions cover punctuation; and the final 34 questions cover spelling. Students need 80 (or more) correct answers to pass the test, which is a 90-minute timed exam. Students are allowed three attempts to pass the GSP.

Who Needs to Take the Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation (GSP) test?

If you are seeking admission to the Advertising, Journalism, Media Studies, or Public Relations majors in the School of Journalism & Media Studies, you must complete the GSP with a passing score.


Study Guides

1) See the School of JMS for suggestions. Visit the JMS Undergraduate Advising Center in PSFA 366, pick up a flyer outside the office, or visit the JMS Homeroom through Blackboard.

2) GSP Study Guide (Sample test questions can be found on the bottom of the website)


Fee Information

The exam fee is a non-refundable $25.00 and may not be transferred to another individual or to a different exam. To transfer to a different exam date and/or time, you must bring a printed copy of your Admission Ticket to Testing Services (SSW 2549) no later than 12:00 p.m. the business day prior to the exam date. Testing Services is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Once you have registered and paid for the exam, your Admission Ticket will be available to print. You must bring a printed copy of your Admission Ticket to be admitted to your exam. Electronic copies are not acceptable. You can access and print your Admission Ticket here.


Registration Information

Sign up and take the exam at SDSU. Exam dates, times, and deadlines are listed below. You may register one of three ways, although online registration is preferred.

- Online registration: Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Test

- Mail-in registration: Mail-in Registration Form

- In-person registration: Come to SDSU Testing Services (SSW 2549), Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for instructions


Test Date Time* Reporting Location Registration Deadline Scores Released by**
Saturday, October 6, 2018
12:30 p.m.
GMCS 333
October 1, 2018
October 21, 2018
Saturday, October 20, 2018
12:30 p.m.
GMCS 333
October 15, 2018
November 4, 2018
Saturday, November 3, 2018
12:30 p.m.
GMCS 333
October 29, 2018
November 18, 2018
Saturday, February 2, 2019
12:30 p.m.
EBA 245
January 28, 2019
February 17, 2019
Saturday, February 16, 2019
12:30 p.m.
GMCS 333
February 11, 2019
March 3, 2019
Saturday, March 2, 2019
12:30 p.m.
GMCS 333
February 25, 2019
March 17, 2019
Saturday, March 16, 2019
12:30 p.m.
GMCS 333
March 11, 2019
March 31, 2019

*Sessions will be closed when testing capacity is reached regardless of registration deadline or posted times.

** Please note that some test results may not be available prior to the next scheduled test date, so plan your test date accordingly.



Students Requesting Accommodations

Students with accommodations authorized by SDSU Student Ability Success Center (SASC), and placed on the SDSU Testing Services reservation system by SASC, will be offered an accommodated test session automatically during online registration.


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Test information, fees, and exam dates and times are subject to change without notice.

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