What are the EPT/ELM tests?

Depending on how freshman students score on their SAT or ACT tests, they may be required to take the English Placement Tests (EPT) and/or Entry Level Mathematics (ELM). These tests will help the university determine what math and/or English course you need to take in your first semester.

Are these tests required?

Yes. Students that are not exempt must take these tests before they can register for classes.

How do I know if I need to take an ELM/EPT?

It will appear on your checklist of your student dashboard shortly after you submit your application.

Where and when can I take this test?

Placement tests can be taken at any Cal State University. You do not have to take your placement test at the university you plan to attend. Tests are offered at regular intervals, often monthly. Here is a list of participating campuses and test dates.

If you live outside of California - Out-of-state Testing

If you live outside of the state of California, have been admitted to CSUMB, and need to take the EPT and/or the ELM, check your My.CSUMB dashboard to determine which exams you must take. 

Placement exam deadlines are listed on your dashboard. All out-of-state placement exams must be completed by end of April.  Failure to take the exam(s) will prevent you from being able to attend CSUMB.

Please visit the out-of-state EPT/ELM ETS website, call 1-925-808-21421-925-808-2142, or e-mail
csuout-of-state@ets.org
for additional information.


How do I become exempt from taking the English (EPT) and/or Math (ELM) placement exams?
English Placement Test (EPT)
  • 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
  • A score of “Conditionally ready for college-level English courses” or “Conditional” on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) taken on grade 11, provided successful completion of the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC), AP English, IB English or an English course approved for extra honors weight on the University of California “a-g” Doorways course list.
Entry Level Mathematics (ELM)
  • A score of 550 or above on the mathematics section 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 level 2
  • A score of 23 or above on the American College Testing (ACT) Mathematics Test
  • A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Calculus AB or Calculus BC
  • A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Statistics examination
  • Completion and transfer to 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 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 along with the California Standards Test in Summative High School Mathematics or Algebra II, provided successful completion of a CSU-approved 12th grade math course that require Algebra II as a prerequisite.
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