EPT/ELM scores are posted to the ETS score portal. Students should have their PIN # ready when accessing their scores. Scores can only be released by ETS. All EPT/ELM scores are property of Educational Testing Services.
Students may have scores reported to their intended CSU by contacting ETS either by phone at (925) 808-2142, by e-mail at EPT-ELMRequest@ets.org, or by mail:
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 4004
Concord, CA 94524-4004
The EPT and ELM are placement exams. Scores are cut scores. If students score at or above the cut score, they will be placed in the appropriate college ready English and/ or mathematics courses. Students who score below the cuts will require remediation instruction.
As of 2012, students who score below these cut scores, must participate in the CSU Early Start Program. The Early Start Program requires students to take classes that focus on strengthening English and/or math skills in the summer before their freshman year. Students who score below 147 on the EPT and below 50 on the ELM will be required to participate in Early Start.
Early Start allows students who need remediation in English and/or math to begin their remediation during the summer before their first semester. Students have multiple options for meeting their Early Start requirements.
For more information regarding Early Start, visit our Early Start website:
A list of Early Start courses by CSU Campus can be found online here:
Students who score at or above 147 on the EPT are considered college ready and will be placed in the appropriate college level English class.
Students who score below 147 must complete 1-2 semesters of remediation courses.
In addition to your total EPT score, you will receive separate scores on the component parts of the EPT: Reading Skills, Composing Skills and the Essay. The Reading Skills and Composing Skills scores are reported on the same 120- to 180-point scale on which the total score is reported. The Essay score is different: Your essay will be read by at least one member of the CSU English faculty and the scores range from a high of 6 to a low of 0. Blank or off-topic papers receive a score of 0.
Students who score 50 on the ELM are considered college ready and will be placed in the appropriate college level math class.
Students who score below 50 must complete 1-2 semesters of remediation courses.
Math 105,131, or 153
Students who participate in EAP will receive their status by mail. Students who participate in EAP will receive their status by mail. The possible EAP statuses are: