The ELM (Entry-Level Mathematics) Exam is designed to assess the skill levels of entering CSU students in the areas of mathematics typically covered in three years of rigorous college preparatory mathematics courses in high school (Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry). The CSU ELM must be completed by all entering undergraduates, with the exception of those who present proof of one of the following:
- A score of "Exempt" on the augmented mathematics CST, i.e. the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP), taken in grade 11.
- A 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, IC (Calculator), II, or IIC (Calculator).
- A score of 23 or above on the ACT Mathematics Test taken 1989 or later.
- A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Mathematics examination (AB or BC) or Statistics examination.
- Completion and transfer of a course that satisfies the General Education--Breadth or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) quantitative reasoning requirement, provided such course was completed with a grade of C or better.