What is the ELM/EPT?

The Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) Exam and the English Placement Test (EPT) are exams the California State University system requires of all students prior to enrollment in the CSU, unless you are exempt by means of scores earned on other appropriate tests such as the CSU's Early Assessment Program (EAP) tests in English and Mathematics, the SAT, and the ACT. The EPT and the ELM are not admission tests. They assess a student's English and math skills for placement in college-level classes.

 What determines exemption from the EPT?

You are exempt from the EPT if you have satisfied any of the following:

  • Placement in the "Ready for College" category in the Early Assessment Program (EAP) English, taken in conjunction with the 11th grade California Standards Test in English Language Arts
  •  A score of 500 or above on the verbal section of the College Board SAT I: Reasoning Test taken between April 1995 and January 2005
  •  A score of 500 or above on the critical reading section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test* taken March 2005 or later
  •  A score of 680 or above on the College Board SAT II: Writing Test taken between May 1998 and January 2005 
  •  A score of 22 or above on the enhanced ACT® English Test taken October 1989 or later
  •  A score of 3, 4, or 5 on either the Language and Composition or Literature and Composition examination of the College Board Advanced Placement Program
  • Completion and transfer to the CSU of 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.

*Note: The College Board SAT I and SAT II were renamed SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject Tests, respectively, beginning March 2005.

 What determines exemption from the ELM?

You are exempt from the ELM if you have satisfied any of the following:

  •  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
  • 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 California Standards Test (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 in conjunction with the CST in Summative High School Mathematics or Algebra II, provided successful completion of a CSU-approved 12th grade math course that requires Algebra II as a pre-requisite.

*Note: The College Board SAT I and SAT II were renamed SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject Tests, respectively, beginning March 2005.


Does it cost anything to take the exam? If so, how much?

Yes.  There is an $18 non-refundable, non-transferable fee for each test.  Payment can be in the form of check or money order and must be paid on the day of examination.

I have a disability. What accommodations may I receive for the exam?

Students with disabilities in need of accommodations must submit current documentation of the disability and make accommodation requests to Disability Resource Programs, (805) 437-3331 (V/TTY), accommodations@csuci.edu.

How do I report my scores to the CSU campus I plan on attending?

When you take the exam, you can list the CSU campus to which you would like your scores sent.

I live out-of-state. How can I take the test?

If you live outside of the state of California, have been admitted to a CSU campus, and need to take the EPT and/or the ELM before arriving in California, please call 1-925-808-2142 or e-mail csuout-of-state@ets.org. Out of state testing is arranged for the 2nd week of the month, except in May when the test is the first week. There is an additional fee of $50 for testing outside of the state of California.

I have more questions, who can I contact?

For additional information, please contact (805) 437-3215 or ELM-EPT.testing@csuci.edu.