ENGLISH PLACEMENT TEST AND ENTRY LEVEL MATH (EPT/ELM)
California State University requires you to take the EPT and/or the ELM after admission and PRIOR to enrollment in a California State University unless you are exempt by means of scores earned on other appropriate tests such as the SAT and ACT.
You are exempt from the EPT if you have satisfied any of the following:
• 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
• 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
You are exempt from the ELM if you have satisfied any of the following:
• Placement in the "Ready for College" category in the Early Assessment Program (EAP) Mathematics, taken in conjunction with the 11th grade Calfornia Standards Test in High School Mathematics or Algebra II
• Placement in the "Ready for College - Conditional" category in the Early Assessment Program (EAP) Mathematics , taken in conjunction with the 11th grade California Standards Test in High School Mathematics or Algebra II, PLUS successful completion of a CSU-approved math (or math-related course or activity) taken before enrollment at a CSU campus.
• A score of 550 or above on the mathematics portion 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 2) *
• A score of 23 or above on the ACT Mathematics Test taken October 1989 or later
• A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Calculus AB or Calculus BC examination
• A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Statistics examination
•Completion and transfer to the 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
*NOTE: The College Board SAT I and SAT II were renamed SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject Tests, respectively, beginning March 2005
The EPT and ELM are not admission tests; instead, they determine placement in specific courses. If you are required to take the EPT/ELM, you must do so before you can register for classes. You may take the tests at the California State University campus where you will enroll or a CSU campus near you. There are many testing dates to choose from.
The EPT contains the following three sections:
- Essay: 45 minutes-one assigned topic;
- Reading Skills: 30 minutes - 45 multiple choice questions
- Composing Skills: 30 minutes - 45 multiple choice questions
The ELM consists of one section:
50 multiple choice questions to be completed in 90 minutes.
Test Prep Information:
The links below are testing resources available for the English
Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Math test (ELM) In
addition, the CSU Office of the Chancellor has a website:
where students can take online practice tests as well as get
information on the Early Assessment Program (EAP).
Focus on English http://www.calstate.edu/sas/documents/focusonenglish.pdf
Focus on Math http://www.calstate.edu/eap/documents/fom.pdf
ELM Problem Book http://www.calstate.edu/SAS/ELMProblemBook01_02.pdf