Systemwide Placement Test Requirements: ELM and EPT

The CSU 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 are 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 during 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. Students register for the EPT ( and/or ELM ( CSUN may establish deadlines by which new students must register for and/or take placement exams as a requirement for enrollment. Questions about test dates and registration materials may be addressed to:

Course Placement

Entry Level Mathematics (ELM)

Students with an ELM score of:

  • 32 or below take two (2) developmental mathematics courses at CSUN;
  • Above 34 but below 50 take one (1) developmental mathematics course at CSUN;
  • 50 or higher place into college-level mathematics courses at CSUN.

English Placement Test (EPT)

Students with an EPT score of:

  • 139 or below enroll in Stretch Composition 113A followed by 113B and corresponding mandatory Supplemental Instruction (SI) labs;
  • 140-146 enroll in Stretch Composition 114A followed by 114B;
  • 147 or above enroll in 115.