Because the EPT and the ELM are placement tests, they use cut scores. If you score at or above these cut scores, you will be placed in regular, college-level English or mathematics courses. If you score below the cut scores, you will need some remedial instruction in these fundamental disciplines.
As of 2012, if you score below these cut scores, you must participate in the CSU Early Start Program. Early Start requires you to take classes that focus on strengthening your English and/or math skills in the summer before your freshman year. Students who score below 147 on the EPT and below 50 on the ELM will be required to participate in Early Start. Contact the CSU campus that you plan on attending for further information regarding Early Start.
The cut score for the EPT is 147 on a scale that goes from a lowest possible score of 120 to a highest possible score of 180.
In addition to your total EPT score, you will receive separate scores on the component parts of the EPT: Reading Skills, Composing Skills and the Essay. The Reading Skills and Composing Skills scores are reported on the same 120- to 180-point scale on which the total score is reported. The Essay score is different: Your essay will be read by at least one member of the CSU English faculty and the scores range from a high of 6 to a low of 0. Blank or off-topic papers receive a score of 0.
Note: If you took the EPT prior to March 15, 2008, the essay score range was from 1 to 12. Prior to March 15, 2008, each essay was scored by two raters. The scores reported were then combined.
The cut score for the ELM test is 50 on a scale running from 0 to 80.
Note: There have been some changes in scoring policies over the years.
If you took the ELM between March 23, 2002 and March 17, 2006, there were three additional scaled subscores ranging from 0 to 80 for the following content areas: Numbers and Data, Algebra and Geometry.
Scaled scores earned on the ELM before the March 23, 2002, administration were reported on a scale running from 100 to 700.
Subscores are not reported if you took the ELM on March 17, 2006 or later.
Students who participate in EAP will receive their status by mail. The possible EAP statuses are:
- Ready for CSU college-level English coursework
- Ready for CSU college-level English coursework — conditional
- Not yet demonstrating readiness for college-level English coursework
- Ready for CSU college-level mathematics coursework
- Ready for CSU college-level mathematics coursework — conditional
- Not yet demonstrating readiness for college-level mathematics coursework