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EPT/ELM Testing & Exemptions

The California State University requires each entering undergraduate, to take the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) and CSU Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) examination prior to registration. These placement tests are not a condition of admission. They are designed to identify entering students who may need additional support in acquiring college entry-level English and mathematical skills necessary to succeed in CSU baccalaureate-level courses.

Many students qualify for exemption from placement tests. The most common ways students may earn an exemption from the EPT are by presenting proof of the following:

  • A score of “exempt” in the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) taken in the 11th grade as part of the California Standards Test
  • A score of 500 or higher on the critical reading or verbal section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test
  • A score of 22 or above on the enhanced ACT English Test
  • A score of 3 or higher on the AP English language/composition or the English literature/composition tests 
  • A score of 4 or higher on the High-Level IB English A1
  • Completion of a transferable course that satisfies the General Education-Breadth within written communication requirement with a grade of “C” or better

The most common ways students may earn an exemption from the ELM are by presenting proof of the following:

  • A score of “exempt” in the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) taken in the 11th grade as part of the California Standards Test
  • A score of 550 or higher on the mathematics section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test
  • A score of 23 or above on the ACT Mathematics Test
  • A score of 3 or higher on the AP calculus AB, BC or statistics examinations
  • Completion of a transferable course that satisfies the General Education-Breadth within the quantitative reasoning requirement with a grade of “C” or better

EPT/ELM testing dates and registration information is available online.

California State University, San Bernardino

Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment

5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, CA 92407

p-909.537.5188 f-909.537.7034

updated September 3, 2013

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