The CSU requires new students to be tested in mathematics as soon as possible after they are admitted and before enrolling at CSU. The test is used to determine whether students are prepared for college work; and if they are not, to place the students in appropriate remediation courses or activities. Students may be exempt from this test if they have scored well on other specified tests or have completed appropriate courses. This test is not part of CSU admission requirements, but is a condition of enrollment if the student is not exempt. There is an $18 charge to take the test.
The ELM Examination is designed to assess and measure the level of mathematics skills acquired through three years of rigorous college preparatory mathematics coursework (Algebra I and II, and Geometry) of students entering the CSU. All non-exempt entering undergraduates must complete the CSU ELM prior to enrollment in any course, including remedial courses. Students who score 50 or above on the ELM will be placed in college-level mathematics classes.
Exemptions from the ELM are granted only to those who present proof of one of the following:
|Test||ELM Exemption Score||*ELM Conditional Exemption Score|
550 or more on the mathematics portion of the SAT Reasoning Test
550 or more on a mathematics subject test (level 1 or level 2)
|490 - 540 on the mathematics portion of the SAT Reasoning Test|
|ACT||23 or more on the mathematics test||20 - 22 on the mathematics test|
|College Board AP||3 or more on Advanced Placement Calculus or Statistics||N/A|
* Student must continue their preparation in the 12th grade by taking an approved math course and earn a grade of ‘C’ or better. Students that do not meet the conditional requirement will need to participate in the CSU’s Early Start Program, unless the student meets other Early Start Program exemptions.
Note: CSU campuses will accept current and redesigned SAT scores for admission eligibility and exemption from the Entry Level Mathematics and English Placement Test. Applicants may submit scores from either test.
To support you in preparing to meet the ELM Requirement, the California State University has developed the Math Success Website.
On this site you will find: