Admissions

Step 6—Register for the English and Math Placement Tests

All SDSU first-time freshmen must fulfill the Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) and the English Placement Test (EPT) requirements. Please review the information below that applies to you.

Important dates, online registration, and test preparation materials are available on the Student Testing, Assessment and Research website.

Student Attending a California High School

  1. Your SDSU WebPortal will indicate if you are required to take the ELM or EPT placement tests.
  2. If your SDSU WebPortal indicates that the ELM and EPT are required, you must register online at www.ets.org/csu no later than the May 6, 2017 test date. You may take the ELM/EPT at any CSU campus. Spaces are limited, so register as soon as possible. The exam fee for each test is $20 USD (or combined ELM/EPT is $40 USD), paid at the time of online registration.
  3. If you do not complete the placement tests during spring 2017, a hold will be placed on your fall 2017 registration and you will not be allowed to register for classes.

Students Residing Outside of California

  1. Your SDSU WebPortal will indicate if you are required to take the ELM or EPT placement tests.
  2. If your SDSU WebPortal indicates that the ELM and EPT are required, you must register online at  www.ets.org/csu for the August 24, 2017 test date. The exam fee for each test is $20.00 USD (or combined ELM/EPT is $40.00 USD), paid at the time of online registration.

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.