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CSU Math and English Requirements for all freshmen

San Diego State University is part of the California State University system (CSU). All CSU first-time freshmen must fulfill the Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) and the English Placement Test (EPT) requirements. Refer to the checklist below to determine if you will need to take the ELM and EPT.

California residents: You must take the required ELM/EPT tests no later than the May 6, 2017 test date, or you will not be allowed to register for fall classes. You may take the ELM/EPT at any CSU campus (visit the Educational Testing Service [ETS] web site, at www.ets.org/csu, for test dates at other CSU campuses). Spaces fill quickly, so please register as soon as possible. You are strongly encouraged to take the test prior to May 6, 2017 to be guaranteed a seat.

Residents of other U.S. states: You must take the required ELM/EPT tests on or before the August test date. Students who live outside of California have the option of having the test proctored at an Educational Testing Service (ETS)-approved test site. For more information about this option, access the "Out-of-state Testing" link at www.ets.org/csu. You are strongly encouraged to take the test no later than the May test administration so that your results will be available prior to New Student Orientation.

 

Do I need to take the Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) Exam?

Answering YES to one or more of the questions below fulfills your ELM requirement. If you answer NO to ALL of the following, you must take the ELM.

Did you:

- Score 570 or higher on the mathematics section of the redesigned SAT?

- Score 570 or higher on the mathematics section of the redesigned SAT Subject Tests in mathematics (level 1 or 2)?

- Score 550 or higher on the mathematics section of the old SAT Reasoning Test (prior to March 2016)?

- Score 550 or higher on the old SAT Subject Test in Mathematics (level 1 or 2) (prior to March 2016)?

- Score 23 or higher on the mathematics section of the ACT?

- Score 3 or higher on the Calculus AB or Calculus BC examination or on the statistics examination of the College Board Advanced Placement program?

- Pass, with a grade of "C" or higher, a transferable college math course that satisfies the General Education mathematics/quantitative reasoning requirement by the end of the spring 2017 term? (See an SDSU adviser if this applies to you.)

- Receive a result of "Standard Exceeded: Ready for CSU or participating CCC (California Community College) college-level mathematics courses" on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Early Assessment Program (EAP), augmented mathematics, taken in the 11th grade as part of the California Standards Test?

- Receive a score of 4-7 on the Higher Level Mathematics International Baccalaureate exam?

You are strongly encouraged to take the ELM even if you receive a result of "Standard Met: Conditionally Ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level mathematics courses" on the CAASPP EAP, augmented mathematics, taken in the 11th grade as part of the California Standards Test.

 

Do I need to take the English Placement Test (EPT)?

Answering YES to one or more of the questions below fulfills your EPT requirement. If you answer NO to ALL of the following, you must take the EPT.

Did you:

- Score 550 or higher on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) sections of the redesigned SAT?

- Score 500 or higher on the critical reading section of the old SAT Reasoning test?

- Score 22 or higher on the English section of the ACT?

- Score 3 or higher on the Language and Composition or the Composition and Literature examination of the College Board Advanced Placement program?

- Pass, with a grade of "C" or higher, a transferable college English composition course that satisfies the General Education composition or critical thinking requirement by the end of the spring 2017 term? (See an SDSU adviser if this applies to you.)

- Receive a result of "Standard Exceeded: Ready for CSU or participating CCC (California Community College) college-level coursework in English" on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP), taken in the 11th grade as part of the English Language Arts California Standards Test?

- Receive a score of 4-7 on the Higher Level English A1 International Baccalaureate exam?

You are strongly encouraged to take the EPT even if you receive a result of "Standard Met: Conditionally Ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level coursework in English" on the CAASPP EAP, taken in the 11th grade as part of the California Standards Test.

 

Test Registration and Important Test Dates

It is recommended that you register for the ELM/EPT tests as soon as possible, as test dates fill up quickly. Once a test has reached capacity, you will not be able to register for that date. Register and pay the test fees online through the ETS website, at www.ets.org/csu. The exam fee is currently $20 for each exam.

 

ELM/EPT Test Dates at San Diego State University

Test Date
Registration Deadline*
Scores Released by ETS Week of
July 15, 2017
July 12, 2017
September 4, 2017
August 24, 2017
August 23, 2017
September 25, 2017

* Sessions will be closed when testing capacity is reached regardless of the registration deadline.



Preparing for the ELM and EPT

Detailed information about the ELM and EPT, along with sample questions, can be found at www.ets.org/csu.

Test Score Information

Depending on your scores, you may be required to enroll at SDSU for the summer FAST (Freshman Academic Success Track) program to complete one or more remedial classes prior to the fall 2017 semester. If you do not successfully complete your remediation by the end of the third term (including summer) at SDSU, you will no longer be allowed to attend SDSU.


Student with Approved Test Accommodations

Students with approved test accommodations registering to take the ELM and/or EPT at San Diego State University should follow these steps:

1. Sign up for the appropriate exam at www.ets.org/csu.

2. As you complete your registration, check the box requesting test accommodations.

3. Once your registration is complete, email staar@mail.sdsu.edu with your name, test(s) for which you registered, date of the test, and your documentation supporting your accommodation request (you may send the documentation as a Microsoft Word [.doc] or .pdf attachment).

4. Once your request is approved, you will be emailed a revised admission ticket with reporting instructions for the day of the test. Please review the information carefully.

5. Accommodations must be received two weeks prior to the date of your test to ensure your accommodations will be available.

 

Test information, fees, and exam dates and times are subject to change without notice.