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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.
The Entry Level Mathematics test (ELM) requires approximately 90 minutes and contains 50 multiple-choice questions.
The test content of the ELM emphasizes working with numbers and data, the connections between algebra and geometry, and problem solving. The test provides the major geometric formulae for reference because its purpose is to assess understanding of mathematical concepts and problem solving skills rather than recall of facts and equations.
To be exempt from the ELM, students must present proof of the one of the following:
*NOTE: The College Board SAT I and SAT II were renamed SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject Tests, respectively, beginning March 2005.
Students who qualify for an exemption that is not reflected in University records should check to see if the qualifying score was sent to CSUN when the test was taken. Contact ETS at 925-808-2142 to double check where your scores were sent. If your scores have not been reported to CSUN, send a copy of your qualifying test scores to CSUN, Admissions & Records Office, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8207 so the exemption can be documented on your permanent academic record at CSUN.
All 23 CSU campuses administer the ELM (and the EPT) on a variety of variable dates. For a complete listing, check the CSU EPT/ELM Information bulletin. Pay close attention to the registration deadline listed by each test date since your registration must reach the testing office by the registration deadline.
Students may take the test at the most convenient CSU campus. Online registration is available for all campuses.
If you wish to take the ELM at CSUN, online registration is available. It is highly recommended that you test by one the test dates listed below.
|Test Date||Registration begins at 8:00am on:||Registration Ends at 12:00pm on|
*System-wide EPT/ELM test dates.
+Last day to take EPT/ELM for Fall 2014 enrollment.
The Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) is given in conjunction with the English Placement Test (EPT) exam. Online registration is available for all campuses. Go to the CSU EPT/ELM Information bulletin for a complete list of EPT and/or ELM test dates and registration procedures.
If you wish to take the ELM at CSUN, online registration is available.
There is an $18 charge for the ELM, payable when you register for the examination. Students who are unable to pay online via credit card, Paypal or echeck, must contact ETS at 925-808-2142 for an alternate payment method. No student will be tested without proper payment and picture identification.
Alternative testing accommodations such as extended time, electronic text, readers or scribes are available through the Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) department to students that have a documented disability and require accommodations to take the exam. If you are not a registered student with DRES and have a disability, please visit the DRES website at http://www.csun.edu/dres/studentservices/registering.php for registration procedures.
Registered DRES students must sign up for the ELM directly with the DRES department in BH 110 to receive accommodations. The University ELM registration deadlines apply for all students and accommodation requests must be submitted by the registration deadline.
Non-Saturday testing is available for religious observances. If your religious observance prevents you from taking the test on the scheduled test date, students must sign up for the ELM online AND contact the Testing Center to receive alternate testing arrangements at (818) 677-2369. Be prepared to provide documentation. The University ELM registration deadlines apply for all students and accommodation requests must be submitted by the registration deadline.
Students, who are non-California residents and are unable to test at one of the California State Universities and need to test in their home state, must register online at the ETS website and Select the Test Campus as "Out of State". Please note that there is an Out of State Testing Fee of $50 in addition to the Testing fees.
Because the ELM is a placement test, scores determine what courses students must attend. The chart below will help you and your advisor select the appropriate course:
|ELM Score||Course placement|
|32 and below||MATH 092: Developmental Math I|
|34 - 49||MATH 093: Developmental Math II|
|50 or higher||See advisor for course placement|
Failure to complete the required developmental courses in two semesters will result in disenrollment from CSUN. For information about compliance policy, visit the CSU Executive Order 665.
You will almost certainly benefit from reviewing for the ELM, especially if you have not taken a math course during the past year. You can find information about the test and practice questions - 50 of them - in the CSU publication Focus on Mathematics (PDF). Another CSU publication, the ELM Problem Book (PDF), also offers numerous practice problems for review.
See the CSU Math Success website (www.csumathsuccess.org) for test review questions.
Additional details may be found at the official CSU EPT/ELM Website (www.ets.org/csu).