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Exemption Criteria for EPT and ELM

The CSU English Placement Test (EPT) is designed to assess the level of reading and writing skills of entering undergraduate students so that they can be placed in appropriate baccalaureate-level courses. The CSU EPT must be completed by all entering undergraduates, with the exception of those who present proof of one of the following:

  • A score of "Ready For CSU College-Level English Courses" on the augmented English CST, i.e. the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP), taken in grade 11.
  • A score of 500 or above on the critical reading section of the College Board SAT I Reasoning Test taken April 1995 or later.
  • A score of 22 or above on the enhanced ACT English Test taken October 1989 or later.
  • A score of 680 or above on the re-centered and adjusted College Board SAT II: Writing Test taken May 1998 or later.
  • A score of 3, 4, or 5 on either the Language and Composition or the Composition and Literature examination of the College Board Scholastic Advanced Placement program.
  • Completion and transfer of a course that satisfies the General Education-Breadth or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) written communication requirement, provided such course was completed with a grade of C or better.

The Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) placement test is designed to assess the skill levels of entering CSU students in the areas of mathematics typically covered in three years of rigorous college preparatory mathematics courses in high school (Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry). The CSU ELM must be completed by all entering undergraduates, with the exception of those who present proof of one of the following:

  • A score of "Ready For CSU College-Level Mathematics Courses" on the augmented mathematics CST, i.e., the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP), taken in grade 11.
  • A score of 550 or above on the mathematics section of the College Board SAT I Reasoning Test or on the College Board SAT II Mathematics Tests Level I, IC (Calculator), II, or IIC (Calculator).
  • A score of 23 or above on the American College Testing Mathematics Test.
  • A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Mathematics examination (AB or BC) or Statistics examination.
  • Completion and transfer of a course that satisfies the General Education-Breadth or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) quantitative reasoning requirement, provided such course was completed with a grade of C or better.

If you think you are exempt:

  • you MUST submit documentation (test score or transcript with course grade for the exemption) to the Office of Admissions & Outreach as soon as possible;
  • documentation must be on file PRIOR to attending orientation or registering for classes;
If you fail to submit proof of exemption, you will not be able to enroll at the university.