EPT/ELM Requirements for Freshmen and Transfer Students 

The CSU system requires new, non-exempt, admitted freshmen and transfer students entering Fall 1998 and after to take the EPT/ELM examinations prior to registering for classes. The tests are not a condition for admission to the University, but are a condition of enrollment and course registration.

If test results indicate that remedial courses in mathematics and/or English are needed, the student must:

  • Enroll in the course(s) beginning the first semester of attendance.
  • Enroll in remedial courses each semester until the courses are passed.
  • If all remedial courses are not passed in two semesters, students may not be able to register or continue attending classes at CSU Dominguez Hills.

English Placement Test (EPT)

Non-exempt undergraduates* must take the EPT prior to enrollment and for placement in appropriate university English course work. The EPT is designed to assess the level of reading and writing skills of entering students. The EPT may not be repeated. Exemptions from the test are given only to those who present proof of one of the following:

  • College Board SAT Reasoning Test
  • A score of 22 or above on the American College Testing (ACT) English Test
  • A score of 3 or above on either the Language and Composition or Composition and Literature examination of the College Board Scholastic Advanced Placement Program
  • Completion and transfer to CSU of the credits for a college course that satisfies the CSU General Education requirement in English Composition, provided such a course was completed with a grade of C or better
  • A score of "Exempt" or "Ready for college-level English courses" on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) taken along with the English Language Arts California Standard Test in grade 11

Note:*Undergraduates admitted with 60 or more transferable units and who are subject to a campus catalog or bulletin earlier than 1986-87 are not required to complete the EPT.

Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) Exam

The ELM examination tests for entry level mathematics skills acquired through three years of rigorous college preparatory mathematics course work (normally Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry). All new undergraduate students must take the test or be exempted from it prior to enrollment and placement in appropriate university mathematics course work. The ELM is a repeatable test, with some limitations. Exemptions from the test are given only to those students who can present proof of one of the following:

  • score of 550 or above on the mathematics section of the College Board SAT I** Reasoning Test OR on the College Board SAT II** Mathematics Tests Level I, II, or IIC (Calculator)
  • a score of 560 or above on the mathematics section of the College Board SAT taken prior to March 1994
  • a score of 23 or above on the enhanced ACT Mathematics Test taken October 1989 and later.
  • a score of 24 or above on the American College Testing Mathematics Test taken prior to October 1989.
  • a score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Mathematics examination (AB or BC).
  • a score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Statistics examination.
  • for transfer students, completion and transfer of a college course that satisfies the General Education-Breadth
  • requirement or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) Quantitative Reasoning Requirement, provided such course was completed with a grade of “C” or better.
  • A score of “Exempt” or “Ready for college-level Mathematics courses” on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP), taken in grade 11 in conjunction with the CST in Summative High School Mathematics or Algebra II

Notes:

**The College Board SAT and Achievement Tests were replaced by SAT I and SAT II, respectively, beginning March 1994. Beginning April 1, 1995, the SAT I and SAT II exams are scored on a new scale; however, the SAT scores qualifying for exemption from the ELM remain the same.

Information bulletins and registration materials for the EPT and ELM are mailed to all students subject to the requirements. The materials also may be obtained from the Information Center or the Testing Office, WH A-210, telephone (310) 243-3909.

Should you have any questions, please visit the UAC in Welch Hall A-220 or email uac@csudh.edu or call 310-243-3538.