College of Science

Entry Level Mathematics Exam Info and FAQ

All entering CSU undergraduates admitted to a CSU campus are required, unless exempt, to take the Entry Level Math Test (ELM).

The ELM is not an admission test. The ELM is a placement test that enables your CSU campus to determine whether you need remedial math courses to review fundamental skills before undertaking college level work. The ELM must be completed before enrollment in the CSU.

NOTE: The last day to take the test for Fall 2016 admission is May 7, 2016.

1. Who must take the Entry Level Mathematics Test (ELM)?

All entering undergraduates admitted to a CSU campus are required, unless exempt, to take the Entry Level Math Test (ELM). You must take the ELM and receive a score prior to enrollment in any coursework. Students are exempt if they meet one of the following:
  • Placement in the "Ready for College" category on the Early Assessment Program (EAP) mathematics taken in conjunction with the 11th grade California Standards Test in High School Mathematics or Algebra II.
  • Placement in the "Ready for College-Conditional" category on the Early Assessment Program (EAP) mathematics taken in conjunction with the 11th grade California Standards Test in High School Mathematics or Algebra II PLUS successful completion of a CSU-approved math or math-related course or activity taken before you enroll at a CSU campus.
  • A score of 550 or above on the mathematics portion of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test.*
  • A score of 550 or above on a College Board SAT Subject Test in Mathematics (level I or 2).*
  • A score of 23 or above on the ACT Mathematics Test taken October 1989 or later.
  • A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Calculus AB or BC exam.
  • A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Statistics exam.
  • Completion and transfer to the 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.

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2. How do I register for ELM and what is the cost?

Registration for the Entry Level Mathematics Exam is through the Educational Testing Service and the cost is $18.  To register go to http://www.ets.org/csu/registration/

For more information about the ELM, go to the Test Center.

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3. How will my performance on the ELM affect me?

Interpretation of Test Scores for Course Placement

ELM Score

Course Placement

0-26

MAT 010

28-40

MAT 011

42-48

MAT 012

50+

MAT 191, MAT 194, and STA 120

 

ELM scores will be used to place you in college-level mathematics or a developmental course as listed in the table above. 

If your score on the ELM is below 50, then you do not qualify for college-level mathematics.

If your score on the ELM is below 50, you will be required to enroll in the appropriate developmental course (Mat 10, Mat 11, or Mat 12) in the CSU Early Start Program.  For information visit the Early Start website at: http://www.cpp.edu/~academic-programs/early-start/.

If your ELM score is higher than 50, you are considered ready to begin college-level mathematics.

However, to take a course not listed in the table above (such as Mat 105 College Algebra), you must take the Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project exam (MDTP).  For information visit the MDTP website. 

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4. If I do poorly, may I retake the test?

You may repeat the ELM but NOT during the same testing periods.

Specific testing periods can be found in the CSU EPT/ELM Information Bulletin. Go to http://www.ets.org/s/csu/pdf/csu_information_bulletin.pdf 

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