English Placement Test
Entry Level Mathematics Test
The EPT (English Placement Test) is designed to assess the level of reading and writing skills of entering undergraduates so that they can be placed in appropriate English courses. Those undergraduates who cannot demonstrate college-level skills will be directed to courses or programs to correct identified deficiencies.
The ELM (Entry Level Mathematics) test is designed to assess the basic skill level of entering CSU undergraduate students in the areas of elementary and intermediate algebra and plane geometry. Such skills are required in three years of rigorous college preparatory mathematics courses in high school.
The CSU requires you to take the EPT and/or ELM after admission and prior to enrollment in the CSU unless you are exempt by means of scores earned on other appropriate tests such as the SAT and ACT.
If you participated in the Early Assessment Program (EAP) as an eleventh grader and placed in the "Ready for College" category in either English or math, you are exempt from the EPT (English) or the ELM (math). You can visit the following link to confirm your EAP status: www.csusuccess.org/eap_results.
The EPT and ELM are not admissions tests; instead, they determine eligibility to enroll in specific courses. If you are required to take the EPT and/or the ELM but fail to do so, you will not be allowed to register.
Time of the Test:
Test Administration takes approximately 5 hours. The actual test time is 1 hour and 45 minutes for the EPT and 90 minutes for the ELM. (Additional time allowed for admitting students, filling in student information, reading directions, distributing/collecting test materials & break).