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English Placement Test (EPT) / Entry Level Mathematics Test (ELM)

English Placement Test (EPT)

All entering CSU undergraduates admitted to a CSU campus are required, unless exempt, to take the English Placement Test (EPT).

The EPT is not an admission test. The EPT is a placement test that will enable your CSU campus to find out whether you need remedial courses in reading or writing before undertaking college level work requiring these fundamental skills. This is why you must take the EPT before enrollment in the CSU.

 

Interpretation of Test Scores for Course Placement

Students who score more than 147 in the EPT please visit the self-placement survey site designed to assist students through their Direct Self-Placement (DSP) process: http://www.csupomona.edu/~efl/ppo.shtml

Students who score less than 147 in the EPT are required to participate in the Summer Early Start Program, please visit the Early Start Program website for more information.

For help in deciding what English Composition course best meets your skill level and need, please visit: http://www.csupomona.edu/~efl/stretch.shtml 

Score

Placement/Course Fulfillment

147+

Enroll in ENG 110

OR you may choose “Stretch Composition” (ENG 108/ENG 109)

OR you may choose “Extended Stretch Composition” (ENG 100/ENG 106/ENG 107)

134-146

Enroll in ENG 108 in your first quarter and in ENG 109 in your second quarter. Students stay with the same teacher for two quarters.

120-133

Enroll in ENG 100 in your first quarter, ENG 106 in your second, and ENG 107 in your third. Students stay with the same teacher for all three quarters.

 

For additional information on how to interpret EPT scores please visit the English and Foreign Languages website.

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Entry Level Mathematics Test (ELM)

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 will enable your CSU campus to find out whether you need remedial courses in mathematics before undertaking college level work requiring these fundamental skills. This is why you must take the ELM before enrollment in the CSU.

 

Interpretation of Test Scores for Course Placement

Enroll in the following course when you receive your test scores:

For students beginning in Summer 2008 or later

ELM Score

Course Placement

0-26

MAT 010

28-40

MAT 011

42-48

MAT 012

50+

MAT 191, MAT 194, and STA 120

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Test Dates

EPT/ELM Test Dates

Registration Deadline

Student Scores Mailed within week of…

February 8, 2014

January 24, 2014

March 3, 2014**

March 15, 2014

February 28, 2014

April 7, 2014

April 5, 2014

March 21, 2014

April 28, 2014

May 3, 2014

April 18, 2014

May 26, 2014

** May 3rd is the last date to take the EPT/ELM Exam for Freshman Fall Enrollment 2014. **


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Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take the English Placement Test (EPT)?

All entering undergraduates admitted to a CSU campus are required, unless exempt, to take the English Placement Test (EPT). You must take the EPT and receive a score prior to enrollment in any coursework. Students are exempt if they meet at least one of the following:

  • A score of 500 or above on the critical reading section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test
  • A score of 22 or above on the American College Testing (ACT) English Test
  • A score of 3 or above on either the Language and Composition or Composition and Literature examination of the College Board Scholastic Advanced Placement Program
  • Completion and transfer to CSU of the credits for a college course that satisfies the CSU General Education requirement in English Composition, provided such a course was completed with a grade of C or better
  • A score of "Exempt" or "Ready for college-level English courses" on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) taken along with the English Language Arts California Standard Test in grade 11

NOTE: The College Board SAT I and SAT II were renamed SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject Tests, beginning March 2005.

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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.

NOTE: The College Board SAT I and SAT II were renamed SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject Tests, beginning March 2005.

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What does the EPT and ELM consist of?

EPT consists of a 45-minute essay and two 30-minute multiple-choice sections. You should plan a minimum of 2 1/2 hours for the EPT. For sample questions and more information, click Focus on English www.calstate.edu/AR/EPT.pdf (PDF), the ETS registration website: https://www.ets.org/csu/about/ept/ept_sample_questions/, or the CSU's English Success website www.csuenglishsuccess.org.

ELM consists of multiple-choice questions. You should plan a minimum of 2 hours for the ELM. For sample questions and more information, click Focus on Mathematics www.calstate.edu/ar/fom.pdf(PDF), the ETS registration website: http://www.ets.org/csu/about/elm/elm_sample_questions, the ELM Problem Book www.calstate.edu/ar/ELMProblemBook01_02.pdf (PDF) , or the CSU's Math Success website www.csumathsuccess.org.

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How will my performance on these tests affect me?

EPT scores will be used to place you in freshman English or a developmental course. If you do not qualify for freshman English, you will be required to enroll in the appropriate developmental course during your first quarter of enrollment. For more information regarding placement please visit the following website: http://www.csupomona.edu/~efl/stretch.shtml.

ELM scores will be used to place you in college-level mathematics or a developmental course. If you do not qualify for college-level mathematics, you will be required to enroll in the appropriate developmental course during your first quarter of enrollment.

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If I do poorly, may I retake the tests?

You may NOT repeat the EPT.

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 at http://www.ets.org/csu.

Scores from the EPT and ELM must be received before students begin classes at the University and the ELM may not be taken again after that date.

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When is the EPT and ELM offered, and what is the cost?

EPT and ELM test dates and registration deadlines are posted in the Cal Poly Pomona Test Center. If you would like to see the dates on which the EPT and ELM will be administered at Cal Poly Pomona, please click here. You may take the EPT and ELM at ANY CSU campus. The fee for taking the EPT or ELM is $18, which must be paid through www.ETS.org/csu. If you are taking BOTH exams (EPT and ELM), the total fee is $36. EPT and ELM fees are nonrefundable and subject to change.

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How do I sign up for the EPT and ELM?

For registration information and instructions please visit http://www.ets.org/csu/registration/. Here you will be allowed to register and pay for the EPT and ELM. You may register to take these tests at ANY CSU campus location that is most convenient for you.

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May I come to the test as a walk-in?

No. Walk in test takers are no longer admitted into the exam.

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What should I bring on the day of the test?

  • A photo bearing ID (Driver's License, California State ID, Student ID, or Passport). If you arrive without photo ID or late, you will NOT be admitted to the test.
  • Several #2 pencils and pens.
  • You need to know your social security number, but please do not bring your card.
  • No dictionary, thesaurus, or other materials.
  • You may not bring a cellular telephone, personal digital assistant (PDA), or pager.

Check-in is 30 minutes prior to time of exam. Please report to the exterior patio section of building 5, which faces out onto the main quad. Refer to the campus map through the Cal Poly Pomona website: http://www.csupomona.edu/maps/static/index.php.

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When will I receive my score?

Your score will be mailed to you and to the CSU campuses you designate, approximately four weeks after the test date. Please be sure to retain your score report and present it to college officials if necessary. You can also review your scores through the ETS registration website. Click here for additional test information.

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Accomodations needed?

To receive accommodations, you must notify the Disability Resource Center at (909) 869-3333 no later than the registration deadline. Please note that accommodations are not provided on Saturday.

If your religious convictions prevent you from taking the EPT and ELM on the scheduled test dates, you must request special arrangements by providing a letter on official letterhead from an appropriate religious authority to the Test Officer.

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For more information regarding EPT and ELM placement tests, please visit: http://www.ets.org/csu/about/