Admissions

Step 1—Fulfill Testing Requirements

All California State University first-time freshmen must fulfill the Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) and the English Placement Test (EPT) requirements. Refer to the checklists below to determine whether you will need to take the ELM and/or EPT.

Important dates and online registration for tests held at SDSU are available on the ETS website.

  • California residents: You must take the required ELM/EPT tests no later than the May 6, 2017 test date, or you will not be allowed to register for fall classes. You may take the ELM/EPT at other CSU campuses. Spaces fill up quickly, so please register as soon as possible.
  • Residents of other U.S. states: You must take the required ELM/EPT tests on or before the August 24, 2017. Students who live outside of California have the option of having the test proctored at their local high school or local testing office. For more information on this option, visit the ETS website.

Spring 2017 SDSU Test Dates

It is recommended that you register for the EPT/ELM tests as soon as possible. Register and prepay your fees online through the ETS website.

The following EPT/ELM test dates are offered at SDSU during spring 2017. Check the ETS website for other locations and dates.

ELM/EPT TEST DATE AT SDSU ONLINE REGISTRATION DEADLINE
February 11 February 8
March 18 March 15
April 15 April 12
May 6 May 3

Do I need to take the Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) Exam?

Answering YES to one or more questions fulfills your ELM requirement. If you answer NO to ALL of the following, you must take the ELM.

Did you:

  • Score 570 or higher on the mathematics section of the new SAT?
  • Score 570 or higher on the mathematics section of the new SAT Subject Tests in mathematics (level 1 or 2)?
  • Score 550 or higher on the mathematics section of the old SAT Reasoning Test (prior to March 2016)?
  • Score 550 or higher on the old SAT Subject Test in Mathematics (level 1 or level 2) (prior to March 2016)?
  • Score 23 or higher on the mathematics section of the ACT?
  • Score 3 or higher on the Calculus AB or Calculus BC examination or on the statistics examination of the College Board Advanced Placement program?
  • Pass, with a grade of C or higher, a transferable college math course that satisfies the General Education mathematics/quantitative reasoning requirement by the end of the spring 2017 term? (See an SDSU adviser if this applies to you.)
  • Receive a result of “Standard Exceeded: Ready for CSU or participating CCC (California Community College) level mathematics courses” on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Early Assessment Program (EAP), augmented mathematics, taken in the 11th grade as part of the California Standards Test?
  • Receive a score of 4-7 on the Higher Level Mathematics International Baccalaureate exam.

You are strongly encouraged to take the ELM math even if you receive a result of “Standard Met: Conditionally Ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level math courses” on the CAASPP Early Assessment Program (EAP), augmented mathematics, taken in the 11th grade as part of the California Standards Test.

Do I need to take the English Placement Test (EPT) Exam?

Answering YES to one or more questions fulfills your EPT requirement. If you answer NO to ALL of the following, you must take the EPT.

Did you:

  • Score 550 or higher on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) sections of the new SAT?
  • Score 500 or higher on the critical reading section of the old SAT Reasoning test (prior to March 2016)?
  • Score 22 or higher on the English section of the ACT?
  • Score 3 or higher on the Language and Composition or the Composition and Literature examination of the College Board Advanced Placement program?
  • Pass, with a C or higher, a transferable college English composition course that satisfies the General Education composition or critical thinking requirement by the end of the spring 2017 term? (See an SDSU adviser if this applies to you.)
  • Receive a result of “Standard Exceeded: Ready for CSU or participating CCC level coursework in English” on the CAASPP Early Assessment Program (EAP) exam taken in the 11th grade as part of the English Language Arts California Standards Test?
  • Receive a score of 4–7 on the Higher Level English A1 International Baccalaureate exam?

You are strongly encouraged to take the EPT even if you receive a result of “Standard Met: Conditionally Ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level coursework in English” on the CAASPP Early Assessment Program (EAP), taken in the 11th grade as part of the California Standards Test.

Test Score Information

Depending on your scores, you may be required to enroll at SDSU for the summer FAST (Freshman Academic Success Track) program to complete one or more remedial classes prior to the fall 2017 semester. If you do not successfully complete your remediation by the end of your third term (including summer) at SDSU, you will no longer be allowed to attend SDSU.