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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 this site)


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

Test Date Time* Reporting Location Registration Deadline Scores Released by**
Saturday, September 9, 2017
12:30 p.m.
GMCS 333
September 4, 2017
September 24, 2017
Saturday, September 30, 2017
12:30 p.m.
GMCS 333
September 25, 2017
October 15, 2017
Saturday, October 14, 2017
12:30 p.m.
GMCS 333
October 9, 2017
October 29, 2017
Saturday, October 28, 2017
12:30 p.m.
3:00 p.m.
GMCS 333
October 23, 2017
November 12, 2017

*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.


Registration Procedures

Fee information:

The exam fee is $25.00. Admission Tickets are non-refundable and may not be transferred to another individual.

Date/Time Transfer Policy:

To transfer to a different exam date and/or time, you must bring your Admission Ticket to Testing Services (SSW 2549) by 12:00 p.m. (noon) the business day prior to the exam date. Testing Services is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Online registration:
Or Mail-in registration:
Or In-person registration:
Come to SDSU Testing Services (SSW 2549), Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for instructions
Print Admission Ticket:
You must bring a printed copy of your Admission Ticket to be admitted to your exam. Electronic copies are not acceptable. To print your Admission Ticket, click here.
Students Requiring Accommodations:

Students requesting testing accommodations must follow these steps:

1. Register for a regularly-scheduled exam (see above)
2. Register with SDSU Student Disability Services (SDS), who will authorize appropriate accommodations for each test requested.
3. Once SDS has placed the appropriate accommodations on the Testing Services reservation system for the specific exam you are requesting, email SDSU Testing Services at with your name, Red ID number, exam(s) for which you have registered, date of exam(s), and a request for testing accommodations.
4. Once your request is approved, Testing Services will email reporting instructions for the exam. Please review the information carefully and bring a printed copy of the email as your Admission Ticket.
5. Accommodation requests must be received at least 2 weeks prior to the exam to ensure your accommodation(s) is available.

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