Admissions

Required Testing—ELM/EPT

All California State University first-time freshmen must fulfill the Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) and the English Placement Test (EPT) requirements. Admitted applicants who do not fulfill this requirement will be unable to enroll at any of the 23 CSU campuses. You may have already fulfilled one or both of these requirements with SAT or ACT scores. Refer to the checklists below to determine whether you will need to take the ELM and/or EPT. Check with an admissions counselor if you are unsure.

Deadlines for Fall 2014 Admission

Plan ahead to take the ELM and/or EPT if needed—we recommend that you register for the February or March dates.

  • California residents: You must take the required ELM/EPT tests no later than the May 3, 2014 test date, or you will not be allowed to register for fall classes. You may take the ELM/EPT at other CSU campuses.
  • Residents of other U.S. states: You must take the required ELM/EPT no later than August 23, 2013. For additional testing options for out-of-state students, contact Student Testing, Assessment and Research at (619) 594-5216.

Test Dates

It is recommended that you register* for the EPT/ELM tests as soon as possible. The following EPT/ELM test dates are being offered at SDSU during spring 2014:

TEST DATE LOCATION REGISTRATION*
February 8 any CSU campus register online by Febrary 7
March 15 any CSU campus register online by March 14
April 5 only at SDSU register online by April 4
May 3 any CSU campus register online by May 2

* You may register for the January test date at the SDSU Testing, Assessment & Research Web site. Starting with the February test date, registrations and fee prepayment will occur through a centralized system on the ETS website.

Do I need 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 550 or higher on the mathematics section of the College Board SAT Reasoning test or SAT Subject Tests level I or II in mathematics?
  • 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 2014 term? (See an SDSU adviser if this applies to you.)
  • Receive a result of “Ready for CSU College-Level Mathematics Courses” on the Early Assessment Program (EAP), augmented mathematics, taken in the 11th grade as part of the California Standards Test?

You are strongly encouraged to take the ELM even if you receive a result “Ready for CSU College-Level Mathematics Courses – Conditional” on the Early Assessment Program (EAP), augmented mathematics, taken in the 11th grade as part of the California Standards Test.

Do I need 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 500 or higher on the critical reading section of the College Board SAT Reasoning test?
  • 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 2014 term? (See an SDSU adviser if this applies to you.)
  • Receive a result “Ready for CSU College-Level English Courses” on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) 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?