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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, April 7, 2018
12:30 p.m.
GMCS 333
April 2, 2018
April 22, 2018
Saturday, June 2, 2018
12:30 p.m.
GMCS 333
May 28, 2018
June 17, 2018
Saturday, June 16, 2018
12:30 p.m.
GMCS 333
June 11, 2018
July 1, 2018

*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

1. If you have not already met with SDSU Student Ability Success Center (SASC), register for a regularly-scheduled exam (see above).

2. Register with SASC, who will authorize appropriate accommodations for each test requested.

3. Once SASC has placed the appropriate accommodations on the SDSU Testing Services reservation system for the specific exam you are requesting, email Testing Services at with your name, Red ID number or SDSUID, the exam(s) for which you registered, the date(s) of the exam(s), and a request for testing accommodations.

4. Once your request is reviewed and approved, Testing Services will email reporting instructions to you. Please carefully review the information 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) are available.



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

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