Registering for the California State University Placement Tests
Registering for the EAP
Registration for the EAP takes place as part of the 11th-grade California Standards Tests — there is no separate registration. The EAP is voluntary, so students in 11th grade should ask their teachers about how they can take the exam.
Registering for the EPT and ELM
Registration for the EPT and ELM is required of all students.
Be Early, Be Thorough
CSU test centers fill up on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is best to register as early as possible. Payment will be required at the time of registration and must be made via credit card, e-check or PayPal®. Once you have completed your registration and payment has been verified, an email will be sent confirming your registration and providing a link to your admission ticket. In some cases, a walk-in registration on test day may be possible. The online registration system will indicate which campuses accept walk-in registration. See the 2015 CSU EPT/ELM Information Bulletin for more information on walk-in registration.
Note: Only complete registrations, including payment, will reserve a spot for you at the test center on test day.
Items Not Allowed in Testing Rooms
You may not bring a cell phone, smartphone, PDA, calculator, camera, laptop, iPad®, e-reader, pager or other electronic devices into the testing room. You will be dismissed and your scores will be canceled if found with these items.
The fee for each test is $18, so if you are taking both the EPT and the ELM, the cost will be $36.
The out-of-state testing fee is $75, in addition to the test fees. This fee is non-refundable.
The fee for a duplicate score report is $25, unless you are requesting a copy during the first year after taking the test, in which case it is free. If you took the EPT and/or ELM March 15, 2008 or later, you can access your scores online. The PIN you indicated on your answer sheet will be needed to access this site. If you took the test on February 8, 2014 or later and registered for the test online, you will be able to view your scores by logging into your registration account. Walk-ins will still need a PIN number to access their scores online.
Fees must be paid by credit card, e-check or PayPal. Cash will not be accepted. Fee waivers are not available. Fees are nonrefundable during the two weeks prior to the test date and the additional out-of-state fee is never refundable. All fees are subject to change.
Note: If you pay by e-check, be aware that you are authorizing ETS at its discretion to use the information on your check to make a one-time electronic debit from your account for the amount of your check; no additional amount will be added. If you do not have sufficient funds in your account, you will be required to pay an additional service fee of $20.
Once you have completed your registration and payment has been verified, an admission ticket will be available. You must print the admission ticket and take it with you to the campus on test day. Your admission ticket will include a ticket number that you will be asked to enter on your answer document on the day of the test. In some instances, a CSU campus may decide to issue the ticket closer to the date of testing, rather than right after you register. In this case, an email will alert you when the admission ticket is available to be printed.
If you lose your admission ticket, you can log back into the registration system to print a duplicate.
Your Social Security Number
The registration system will ask for a Social Security number. CSU campuses use your Social Security number to identify your student records. International students who do not have a Social Security number should use a taxpayer identification number. Students without a Social Security number or taxpayer identification number should leave this field blank.
Testing with Accommodations
You will be required to register and provide the appropriate documentation for arrangements, either due to a disability or Saturday Sabbath observance, by the registration deadline, which is two weeks before the test date.
Note: If you do not contact the campus Test Office at least two weeks before the test date, you may not get the accommodations you need and you will not get a refund.
Disabilities or Health-related Needs
If you have a disability or health-related need and require testing accommodations, you must contact the Testing Office at the campus where you plan to test to make arrangements before you register. The EPT and ELM are available in Braille, large-print and audio editions.
You will be required to provide the necessary IEP paperwork to the Testing Office you plan to test at. Contact the campus Test Officer for instructions on providing this paperwork. Once you have received directions from the campus Testing Office, complete your online registration and be sure to select the appropriate checkbox for accommodations.
If your religious convictions prevent you from taking the EPT and/or ELM on the scheduled test dates, you must contact the Testing Office at the campus where you plan to test to make arrangements before you register.
You will be required to provide a letter on official letterhead from an appropriate religious authority to the Testing Office you plan to test at. Contact the campus Test Officer for instructions on providing this letter. Then, in the registration system you will need to select the appropriate checkbox for religious observance when registering for the test(s).