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" 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
  • A score of “Conditionally ready for college-level English courses” or “Conditional” on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) taken on grade 11, provided successful completion of the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC), AP English, IB English or an English course approved for extra honors weight on the University of California “a-g” Doorways course list
  • A score of 500 or above on the critical reading section of the 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

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

  • 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
  • A score of "Conditionally ready for college-level Mathematics courses" or "Conditional" on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) taken in grade 11 along with the California Standards Test in Summative High School Mathematics or Algebra II, provided successful completion of a CSU-approved 12th grade math course that require Algebra II as a prerequisite
  • A score of 550 or above on the mathematics section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test
  • A score of 550 or above on a College Board SAT Subject Test in Mathematics (level 1 or level 2)
  • A score of 23 or above on the American College Testing (ACT) Mathematics Test
  • A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Calculus AB or Calculus BC
  • A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Statistics examination
  • Completion and transfer to CSU of a college course that satisfies the requirement in Quantitative Reasoning, provided such a course was completed with a grade of C or better

Source: http://www.calstate.edu/sas/ept-elm-exemptions.shtml

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.

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: 
http://www4.csudh.edu/admissions-records/admissions/early-start-program/

A list of Early Start courses by CSU Campus can be found online here: 
http://earlystart.csusuccess.org/csu_campus