ENTRY LEVEL MATH EXAM (ELM)

The minimum passing score for the ELM is 50. If students do not score 50 or above, they must fulfill remediation requirements within their first two semesters at Fresno State. The ELM may be taken more than one time, but remediation deadlines do not change.

If students score between 32 and 48, they must successfully complete Math 4R before taking the General Education Quantitative Reasoning (B4) requirement. Math 4R is a one-semester Intermediate Algebra course that can be taken in the fall or the spring.

Students who score a 30 or below are highly encouraged to take Math 1RA (in the fall) and Math 1RB (in the spring) before taking the General Education Quantitative Reasoning requirement. Students who do not enroll in Math 1RA in the fall will be required to enroll in Math 4R in the spring.

Once students pass Math 4R, or both Math 1RA and 1RB, they will be eligible to enroll in a G.E. Quantitative Reasoning (B4) course the following term at Fresno State.

  1. Why do students have to take the Entry Level Math Exam (ELM)?
  2. Where do students go to register for the ELM exam?
  3. How much does it cost to take the ELM?
  4. How can students be exempt from the ELM?
  5. What is a passing score for the ELM?
  6. What happens if students do not pass the ELM?
  7. Can students retake the ELM if they do not earn a passing score?
  8. What happens if students do not fulfill the remediation requirement?
  9. What is the difference between Math 4RA and Math 4R?
  10. Can students register for classes without taking the ELM?
  11. If students take the placement exams for math at a community college, does this exempt them from having to take the ELM?
  12. How long will it take for students to get ELM results?
  13. Do transfer students need to take the ELM if they have less than 56 transferable units and have not yet fulfilled the B4 QR requirement, but have completed a remedial level math (e.g., intermediate algebra) at a community college?
  14. Do transfer students from institutions other than a CSU, UC, or CCC (e.g., UC Santa Barbara) need to take the ELM if they have completed General Education math at the institution?

Why do students have to take the Entry Level Math Exam (ELM)?
It is a legal requirement of the State of California. Executive Order No. 665 was issued pursuant to Title 5, California Code of Regulations of the Board of Trustees of the California State University system. The ELM exam helps to determine eligibility of each entering CSU undergraduate to enroll in specific courses in order to satisfy General Education math requirements during the first year of attendance.

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Where do students go to register for the ELM exam?
A student can register for the ELM exam through the Office of Testing Services Family Food Science Building, Room 110, 278-2457. On-line registration is also available at www.fresnostate.edu/testing .

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How much does it cost to take the ELM?
An $18 fee is required for the just the ELM exam. Students who plan to take both the EPT and the ELM will be required to pay $36 total for both exams. Students need to bring a check or money order (ONLY) made out to "ETS" on the day of the test.

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How can students be exempt from the ELM?
Students may be exempt on the basis of ACT or SAT scores or by satisfactory performance on an Advanced Placement (AP) or college course that satisfies the G.E. requirements for math. See the ELM Exemptions box on the above chart for specific details.

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What is a passing score for the ELM?
A passing score for the ELM is defined as a minimum score of 50.

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What happens if students do not pass the ELM?
Students who do not pass the ELM will be required to complete a specified remediation course, Math 4R or Math 1RA and Math 1RB (dependent on their scores), within the first two semesters at California State University, Fresno.

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Can students retake the ELM if they do not earn a passing score?
Yes, the ELM may be taken more than once but remediation deadlines do not change.  Retaking the ELM can put a student at-risk for not fulfilling remediation deadlines as defined below.

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What happens if students do not fulfill the remediation requirement?
If the remediation courses are not passed with a "CR" within the first two semesters, students will not be allowed to register the following semester.  The remedial courses will need to be completed at another institution before the registration hold will be lifted.

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What is the difference between Math 4RA and Math 1RA and Math 1RB?
Math 4R is a one-semester intermediate algebra course used to satisfy the remediation requirement.  Math 4R is mandatory for students who score between 32 and 48 on the ELM. 

Math 1RA and Math 1RB is a slower paced, two-semester intermediate algebra course used to satisfy the remediation requirement and is advisable for students who score below a 30 on the ELM. Students who do not enroll in Math 1RA in Fall 2005 will be required to enroll in Math 4R in Spring 2006.

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Can students register for classes without taking the ELM?
Beginning Fall 2005, all students must have taken the ELM and scores received at Fresno State, or be exempt from the ELM before, they can register for classes.

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If students take the placement exams for math at a community college, does this exempt them from having to take the ELM?
No. All CSU students must take the ELM unless they have submitted transcripts verifying the completion of the General Education requirements for math.

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How long will it take for students to get ELM results?
Usually results are mailed to students approximately four weeks after the test date. (The address used is the one given by the students on the day of the exam.)

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Do transfer students need to take the ELM if they have less than 60 transferable units and have not yet fulfilled the GE-B4 Quantitative Reasoning requirement, but have completed a remedial level math (e.g., intermediate algebra) at a community college?
If students have NOT fulfilled the General Education math requirement, they are still required to take the ELM. If they have already taken an intermediate algebra course equivalent to Math 4R, then they will not have to repeat Math 4R.

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Do transfer students from institutions other than a CSU, UC, or CCC need to take the ELM if they have completed General Education math at that institution? 
Yes, students will need to take the ELM unless they are exempt. Records must verify that the course taken will exempt the student from having to take the ELM. Once verified, taking the ELM is not needed. Refer students to the Remediation Office, Joyal Administration Building, Room 106, to verify that the course completed will provide ELM exemption before the registration hold can be lifted.

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