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Most new, first-time freshman students must take placement exams in mathematics and English before enrolling in classes. These CSU system-wide tests—the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Mathematics Test (ELM)—are designed to identify entering students who may need additional support to improve English and math skills for success in college-level courses.
The CSU requires you to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Mathematics Test (ELM) prior to enrollment in the CSU unless you are exempt by means of scores earned on other appropriate tests such as the CSU's Early Assessment Program tests in English and Mathematics, the SAT, and ACT. The EPT and the ELM are not admission tests; instead, they determine eligibility to enroll in specific courses. If you are required to take the EPT and the ELM but fail to do so, you will not be allowed to enroll at CSUN. Depending on how you perform on the tests, you may be placed in an appropriate developmental program during your first term of enrollment.
Although your English Placement Test (EPT) and Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) test scores are not requested as part of your admissions application to the University, you must satisfy the requirement before enrolling in classes. Unless exempt, you must take the EPT and ELM tests by May 3, 2014 for Fall 2014 enrollment. Because of heavy demand and limited seating, you should sign up for the tests much earlier than the May deadline. Register now
Take them sooner than later to get these special benefits:
For ELM: 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 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.
For EPT: To find out more about what's on the test, see FOCUS ON ENGLISH (PDF) 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 EPT and it includes answers to a number of frequently asked questions. The Focus on English pamphlet includes samples of the types of questions appearing on the new EPT test, as well as examples of essays and how they were scored.
See the CSU English Success website (www.csuenglishsuccess.org) for test review questions.
(NOTE: You will need Acrobat Reader to view these documents. It is available as a free download.)
You have 45 minutes to complete the essay portion and 60 minutes to complete the combined multiple-choice portion (30 minutes for each of the two sections). If you are taking the ELM test at the same sitting, be prepared to test an additional 90 minutes for the ELM. Overall, plan for about 4 hours if taking both tests.
CSU requires that all students who don't score high enough on the ELM and/or EPT enroll in the CSU Early Start Program. This program is designed for students who need remedial English and/or math. Visit "CSU Early Start" for more information.
An official score report will be mailed approximately 4-6 weeks after the day of the test to the address you provide on the test answer sheet.
If you have forgotten your UserName or Password, visit the ETS website and click on "Forgot UserName?" or "Forgot Password?" You will be prompted to answer your security question. If you need additional assistance, call ETS at (925) 808-2142 or email EPT-ELMrequest@ets.org
The EPT/ELM tests are offered year-round at various CSU campuses and at ALL CSU campuses in February, March, and May.
The specific test dates and registration deadlines for each campus are listed along with the addresses and phone numbers of the individual Testing Offices. 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 tests at the most convenient CSU campus. Online registration is available for all campuses. Register online at the ETS website.
NOTE: Students/Applicants wanting to register for the English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) test will need to visit the ETS website.
Unless exempt, you must take the EPT and/or ELM tests by May 3, 2014 for Fall 2014 enrollment at CSUN. Because of heavy demand and limited seating, you should sign up for the tests much earlier than the May deadline.
All you have to do is visit the ETS website, to register and pay online. It's that easy!
Log into the ETS website using your UserName and password to reprint your admission ticket.
Log into the ETS website using your UserName and password to cancel your test registration at least 2 weeks prior to the test date. If you need to cancel your registration after the registration deadline, call ETS at (925) 808-2142 or email EPT-ELMrequest@ets.org.
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Duplicate score reports are available for free for one year. After one year, a $25 fee per request will be charged by ETS.
Test fees must be paid at the time of registration. You will not be registered to take the EPT and/or ELM examinations without appropriate payment of test fees. 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.
Don't worry! There are other test dates. Contact ETS at (925) 808-2142, email EPT-ELMrequest@ets.org, or visit the ETS website to re-register for another test date.
If you live outside of the state of California, have been admitted to a CSU campus and need to take the EPT and/or the ELM before arriving in California, "please register for the EPT and ELM online here.
Out-of-state testing is arranged for the second week of the month, except in May, when the test is the first week. Arrangements must be made by the 15th of the month before testing will take place. There is an additional, non-refundable fee of $75 for testing outside of the state of California. If you have a question regarding Out-of-state testing, please call 1-925-808-2142 or email email@example.com.
No, the EPT and ELM tests are given at all 23 CSU campuses on specific test dates (www.ets.org/csu). You may register to take the tests at whichever CSU campus you choose. You need not take the tests at the campus you plan to attend.
If your religious convictions prevent you from taking these tests on the scheduled test dates, you must request special arrangements by contacting the Testing Center.
You are to report to the location listed on your admission ticket. For directions or a map, see detailed information listed below.
Test Reporting Directions
On the day of the test you must bring
If you have not taken the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT or plan to retake the tests, we strongly recommend you take the EPT/ELM as soon as possible in order to have early access to registering for classes. All first-time freshmen are required to submit SAT or ACT scores no later than January 2014 to be considered for Fall 2014 admission. The last opportunity to take the tests is in December 2013, so register as early as possible.
If you have one of the above mentioned exemptions, mail or bring proof of your exemption to the Office of Admissions and Records, Bayramian Hall (BH) 100, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge CA 91330-8207. Keep a copy of the exemption notice for your records.
Contact the Office of Admissions and Records, Bayramian Hall (BH) 100 or call (818) 677-3700 or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The staff of the Admissions and Records Office of the CSU campus that you plan to attend will be able to answer your questions. Contact CSUN's Office of Admissions and Records, Bayramian Hall (BH) 100 or call (818) 677-3700 or e-mail them at email@example.com.
Admissions and Records has information on file exempting you from one of the tests. However, the information on record indicates you are still required to take the other test.
We recommend that you take the tests at the same time to ensure that both scores are reported to the Admissions and Records Office in a timely manner. Taking the tests at different times can delay the reporting of your test scores. Remember, the sooner you take the tests, the sooner you can meet with your advisor and begin scheduling your classes for the semester.
No. You have the opportunity to have your scores sent to up to four (4) different CSU campuses. Be sure you select to have your scores sent to the campuses that have admitted you.
You should take the first scheduled test administration after you have applied to any CSU campus. You must take the test before you can enroll in CSU General Education courses. Unless exempt, you must take the EPT and ELM tests by May 3, 2014 for Fall 2014 enrollment at CSUN. Because of heavy demand and limited seating, you should sign up for the tests much earlier than the May deadline. Register now!
No. Taking the EPT and the ELM tests are not an obligation to attend CSUN. The tests determine your eligibility to enroll in specific courses if you do decide to attend CSUN. If you decide later to attend CSUN and have not tested or qualify for an exemption, you will NOT be allowed to begin classes and will have to reapply for admission for a future term.
The California State University (CSU) system recently enacted a policy known as "Early Start," requiring incoming first-time freshmen who do not demonstrate readiness for college-level math and/or English to begin remediation during the summer before enrolling in the CSU. The goal of Early Start is to better prepare students in math and English before their first semester, thereby improving their chances of completing a college degree. Visit CSU Early Start for more information.
Visit the ETS website for additional questions for the EPT and ELM tests. Still have questions, call (818) 677-2369 between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org We'll look forward to seeing you on campus!