Focus on Mathematics.pdf - provides information about the entry level mathematics requirement of the CSU, and it includes answers to a number of frequently asked questions. Focus on Mathematics includes fifty samples of the types of questions appearing on the new ELM test.
ELM Exemption Criteria
The Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) Examination is designed to assess and measure the level of mathematics skills acquired through three years of rigorous college preparatory mathematics coursework (Algebra I and II, and Geometry) of students entering the California State University (CSU). The CSU ELM must be completed by all non-exempt entering undergraduates prior to enrollment in any course, including remedial courses. Students who score 50 or above on the ELM will be placed in college-level mathematics classes.
Exemptions from the ELM are granted only to those who present proof of one of the following:
- New SAT: A score of 570 or above on the mathematics section of the new SAT*
- Old SAT: A score of 550 or above on the mathematics section of the old SAT Reasoning Test
- SAT Subject Test: A score of 550 or above on the SAT Subject Test in Mathematics (level 1 or level 2)**
- A score of 23 or above on the ACT Mathematics Test
- A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Calculus AB or Calculus BC
- A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Statistics examination
- Completion and transfer to CSU of a college course that satisfies the requirement in Quantitative Reasoning, provided such a course was completed with a grade of C or better
- A result of 'Standard Exceeded: Ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level coursework in mathematics' on the CAASPP Early Assessment Program (EAP) exam.
- The following Conditionally Exempt statuses require students to continue their preparation in the 12th grade by taking an approved math course and earn a grade of 'C' or better. Students that do not meet the conditional requirement will need to participate in the CSU's Early Start Program, unless they meet other Early Start Program exemptions.
a) New SAT: A score between 520-560 on the mathematics section of the new SAT Test*
b) Old SAT: A score between 490 - 540 on the mathematics section of the old SAT Reasoning Test
c) A score between 20 - 22 on the mathematics section of the ACT Test
d) A result of 'Standard Met: Conditionally Ready for CSU or participating CCC college-level coursework in mathematics' on the CAASPP Early Assessment Program (EAP) exam
* In March 2016, the College Board began administering a new SAT. The new SAT scores are different than the old SAT scores. The CSU will accept both old and new SAT scores for students graduating in 2020 and prior. Students graduating after 2020 will be required to take the new SAT. **Note: there were no changes to the SAT Subject Tests; therefore, the cut score for the subject test in matematics (levels 1 or 2) remains the same.
- Successful completion, with a grade of C- or better, and transfer to the CSU, of a college course that satisfies the lower division, General Education requirement in mathematics (Area B3). The couse must be successfully completed by the time the student enters the university. Course equivalents at local community colleges are as follows:
|Modesto Junior College||Math 101, 105, 106, 111, 115, 121, 122, 130, 134, 138, 144, 171 or 172|
|San Joaquin Delta College||Math 1, 2, 10, 12, 13, 17A, 20, 30, 31, 36, or
|Merced College||Math 2, 4A, 5A, 5B, 10, 15, 20A, 20B, 21, 25, or 26|
|Columbia College||Math 2, 4A, 4B, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 18A, 18B, or 18C|
Additional Score Report Information
If you need a copy of your EPT and/or ELM scores:
On a piece of paper write your request for a duplicate copy of your scores and
- Print your first and last name
- Your mailing address
- Your social security number
- The month & year you took your test
- Be sure you sign your request.
Include a check or money order for $10 made payable to
"ETS - EPT/ELM"
Mail it to:
Educational Testing Service
2731 Systron Drive, Concord, CA 94518
Allow 3 - 6 weeks for a response.
or call (925) 808-2142