EPT & ELM Information

The CSU system requires new, non-exempt, admitted freshmen and transfer students entering Fall 1998 and after to take the Entry Level Math (ELM) and English Placement Test (EPT) 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.

Some students will be considered exempt from these placement tests.
The most common ways students may earn an exemption from the EPT are by presenting proof of the following:

  • A score of "exempt" on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP)
  • 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 Literature examination of the College Board Scholastic Advanced Placement (AP) Program
  • A score of 500 or higher on the critical reading or verbal section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test
  • A score of 4 or higher on the High-Level International Baccalaureate (IB) English A1
  • Completion of a transferable course that satisfies the General Education Breadth Written Communication requirement with a grade of "C" or better

The most common ways students may earn an exemption from the ELM are by presenting proof of the following:

  • A score of "exempt" in the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP)
  • A score of 23 or above on the ACT Mathematics Test
  • A score of 3 or above on the AP Calculus AB, BC or Statistics examinations
  • A score of 550 or above on the mathematics section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test
  • Completion of a transferable course that satisfies the General Education Breadth Quantitative Reasoning requirement with a grade of "C" or better

If test results indicate that remedial courses in Math and/or English are required, 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 within two semesters, students may be at risk of remediation disqualification. For more information regarding remediation disqualification, click here.