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Test Requirements and Information

The office of Testing, Evaluation and Assessment administers local, state and national tests for placement and certification. Test programs currently offered include the SAT, ACT, EPT/ELM, WPE, and Chemistry 111A.

Freshman applicants must submit SAT I and/or ACT scores directly to CSULB. Students should take these tests no later than December of the prior year. Registration forms and dates for the SAT and/or ACT are available from high school or college counselors or from a CSU campus testing office. For information about the CSULB Testing, Evaluation and Assessment Department, please see: http://www.csulb.edu/divisions/students/testing/.

Students also may contact:

The College Board (SAT)
Registration Unit, Box 6200
Princeton, NJ 08541-6200
(609) 771-7588
www.collegeboard.org

ACT Registration Unit
P.O. Box 414
Iowa City, Iowa 52240
(319) 337-1270
www.act.org

The office of Testing, Evaluation and Assessment at CSULB is located in Brotman Hall 216. For information, phone (562) 985-4007, FAX (562) 985-2415, or visit the Testing Office website at www.csulb.edu/testing.

English Language Requirement

All undergraduate applicants whose native language is not English and who have not attended schools at the secondary level or above for at least three years full time where English is the principal language of instruction must present a score of 61 (iBt) or above on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Some majors and colleges may require a score higher than 61. A few colleges may also use alternative methods of assessing English fluency: Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Each campus will posts the tests it accepts on its website and will notify applicants about the tests it accepts and when to submit scores.

The CSU minimum TOEFL standards are:

Undergraduate           61 - Internet                500 - Paper
Graduate                     80 - Internet                550 - Paper

Systemwide Placement Test Requirements

The California State University requires that each entering undergraduate, except those who qualify for an exemption, take the CSU Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) examination and the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) prior to enrollment. These placement tests are not a condition for admission to the CSU, but they may be a condition of enrollment. These examinations are designed to identify entering students who may need additional support in acquiring college entry-level English and mathematics skills necessary to succeed in CSU baccalaureate-level courses. Undergraduate students who do not demonstrate college-level skills both in English and in mathematics will be placed in appropriate remedial programs and activities prior to the first term of their enrollment. Students placed in remedial programs in either English or mathematics must complete all remediation in their first year of enrollment. Failure to complete remediation by the end of the first year may result in denial of enrollment for future terms.

For further information about test programs at CSULB, call (562) 985-4007, go to www.csulb.edu/testing or go to Brotman Hall, Room 216.

English Placement Test (EPT)

The English Placement Test (EPT) is designed to assess the level of reading and writing skills of students entering the California State University.  The CSU EPT must be completed by all non-exempt entering undergraduates prior to enrollment in any course, including remedial courses. Students who score 147 or above on the EPT will be placed in college-level composition classes.

Exemptions from the EPT are granted to students who provide proof of one of the following:
• A score of 500 or above on the critical reading section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test if taken before March 2016
• A score of 550 or more on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing SAT test if taken in or after March 2016
• 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 of a course that transfers to a CSU and satisfies the requirement in Qualitative Reasoning, provided such a course was completed with a grade of C or better 
•   A result of Standard Exceeded: Ready for CSU college-level coursework in English on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) exam

The following Conditionally Ready statuses require students to continue their preparation in the 12th grade by completing an approved English course with 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 exemption was met through another pathway.
•   460-490 on the Critical Reading portion of the SAT Reasoning Test if taken before March 2016
•  510 - 540 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing SAT test if taken in or after March 2016
•   19-21 on the English portion of the ACT Test
•   A result of Standard Met: Conditionally Ready for college-level coursework in English on the CAASPP-EAP exam

Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) Examination

The Entry Level Mathematics (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 California State University (CSU). The CSU ELM must be completed by all non-exempt entering undergraduates 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 to students who provide proof of one of the following:
• A score of 550 or above on the mathematics section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test if taken before March 2016
•  A score of 570 or more on the Mathematics SAT Test if taken in or after March 2016
• A score of 550 or above on a College Board SAT Subject Test in Mathematics (level 1 or level 2)
• A score of 23 or above on the American College Testing (ACT) Mathematics Test
• A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Calculus AB or Calculus BC exam
• A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Statistics examination
• Completion and transfer to 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
•   A result of Standard Exceeded: Ready for CSU college-level coursework in mathematics on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP-EAP) exam

The following Conditionally Ready statuses require students to continue their preparation in the 12th grade by completing an approved math course with 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 exemption was met through another pathway.
• 490-540 on the Mathematics portion of the SAT Reasoning Test if taken before March 2016
•  520 - 560 on the Mathematics SAT Test if taken in or after March 2016
• 20-22 on the Mathematics portion of the ACT exam
• A result of Standard Met: Conditionally Ready for college-level coursework in mathematics on the CAASPP exam 

Advanced Placement Credit

California State University, Long Beach grants credit toward its undergraduate degrees for successful completion of examinations of the Advanced Placement (AP) Program of the College Board. Students who present scores of three or better will be granted up to six semester units (nine quarter units) of college credit for each AP course. Refer to the Advanced Placement Examination Credit table in the Academic Information section of this Catalog.

More specific information is available from the Office of Enrollment Services at (562) 985-5471 or a student's major department.

International Baccalaureate Credit

Students with scores of 5 or higher (4 in certain subjects) in International Baccalaureate Higher Level courses will be awarded baccalaureate credit of 4 to 10 units, depending on course equivalency. Applicants to CSULB who wish to obtain lower-division course credit for completed International Baccalaureate Higher Level examinations must submit an official IB transcript. Course equivalency for Higher Level examinations completed with satisfactory scores is listed in the International Baccaluareate Examination Credit table in the Academic Information section of this Catalog.

For questions or information, please call the Office of Enrollment Service at (562) 985-5471 or consult the department.


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