About the California State University Placement Tests
Start smart at California State University (CSU)
CSU requires you to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry-Level Mathematics Test (ELM) before you enroll. Your scores will determine which math and English courses you should take to begin your career at CSU.
The EPT and the ELM are not admission tests. They will not affect your admission to any CSU campus — they simply help determine which courses best match your level of performance in math and English.
Who Takes the Test? Who Doesn't?
Most of you will have to take the exam, but there are some circumstances under which you may be exempt. For example, if you have performed well on another standardized test, such as the SAT® test, or earned transferable credits from another college, you may not need to take one or both of the exams.
Get a Step Ahead: The Early Assessment Program (EAP)
If you are in 11th grade, the EAP is a chance for you to get a head start on preparing for the EPT and ELM exams. This program will determine how ready you are for college-level coursework and help you pinpoint your strengths and improve your weaknesses throughout 12th grade.