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

Important Test Information - Fall 2017

All admitted students who do not qualify for an exemption from the EPT/ELM are required to test NO LATER THAN MAY 6, 2017. However, students are strongly urged to test as early as possible, preferably on February 11 or March 18, 2017. Students can take the EPT/ELM on any campus of the CSU. Please see the 2017 EPT/ELM Calendar for campus test dates. To register for the EPT and/or ELM on any CSU campus, please complete the online registration form.

Students who do not test by May 6 will not be allowed to register for classes in the fall of 2017, and will have to reapply for admission for a future term. Students who have questions regarding this important information for fall of 2017 should call Testing & Evaluation at 562-985-4007.

CSULB EPT/ELM dates for 2017 are listed on the right. If you are planning to take the EPT and/or ELM on a CSU campus other than CSULB, please call the testing office of that campus to get precise information about registration and testing procedures.

The EPT and ELM are for placement purposes only, and do not affect acceptance status. If tests results demonstrate that students are not yet ready for general education course work in English and/or Mathematics, they will be required to enroll in appropriate courses for remediation. Some students may be required to begin their remediation during the summer before fall enrollment as required by the Early Start Program (ESP) of the CSU. More details concerning the ESP can be viewed here. Students must complete all required remediation in their first year of enrollment at the University.

Test Exemptions

Exemptions from the EPT/ELM are listed in the EPT/ELM Information Bulletin. Students who believe they are exempt should complete the Exemption Form, attach the appropriate documentation, and submit these documents to the Office of Enrollment Services (BH-101). Students will be notified only if the exemption is not granted.

EPT/ELM Exemption Form WORD 41KB


What to Bring to the Test Center

On your scheduled test day, you need to bring these items:

  • A valid ID - CA Driver's License, CA ID Card, US Passport or a current student ID. Other forms of ID may also be approved at Assistance Station on the day of the test.
  • A pen, sharpened pencils, and social security number.

Note: Calculators are NOT allowed for the ELM portion of the test.


Helpful Sample Materials

Focus on English (561 KB, PDF document) provides information about the entry level English requirement of the CSU EPT test. The document explains scores on other tests that will exempt students from the EPT and includes answers to frequently asked questions. The Focus on English pamphlet includes samples of the types of questions appearing on the EPT, as well as examples of essays and how they are scored.

Focus on Mathematics (15.48 MB, PDF document) provides information about the entry level mathematics requirement of the CSU ELM test. The document explains scores on other tests that will exempt students from ELM and includes answers frequently asked questions. The Focus on Mathematics pamphlet includes fifty samples of the types of questions appearing on the ELM test.


Out-of-State Testing

Students who are non-California residents and are unable to test at one of the California State Universities should contact Educational Testing Service at (925) 808-2142 to set up out-of-state testing. There is a fee of $75.00 for testing outside of California.


EPT/ELM Dates and Registration Deadlines

  • 08/19/17, Deadline: 08/03/17
  • 12/02/17, Deadline: 11/16/17
  • 02/10/18, Deadline: 01/25/18
  • 03/17/18, Deadline: 03/01/18
  • 04/07/18, Deadline: 03/22/18
  • 05/05/18, Deadline: 04/19/18*
  • 06/09/18, Deadline: 05/24/18**

* Last date that students can take the EPT/ELM for fall 2018 enrollment

**By permission only

Note: registrations must be received by the above deadlines by 5:00 p.m.