California State University, Fullerton

Placement Exams

All new undergraduate students entering any California State University are required to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) except those who qualify for an exemption or are Conditionally Exempt based on the EAP, SAT or ACT test. You must take the EPT and the ELM and provide scores to the university prior to beginning your first semester of enrollment. Failure to take these tests prior to registering for your first semester will result in your not being allowed to enroll at the CSU. For additional information regarding placement exams please visit the University Testing Center.

English Placement Test (EPT)

Exemptions from the EPT:

  • Placement in the "Ready for CSU college level English courses" or "Ready for CSU college level English courses - Conditional" categories on the Early Assessment Program (EAP) English.
  • SAT score of 460 - 490 on the Critical Reading section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test (Conditional) and in a higher level English course senior year (ERWC, AP or IB). If score is between 460 - 490 and not in a higher level English course in your senior year, we highly recommend taking the EPT to test out of remediation.
  • ACT score of 19 - 21 on the English section of the ACT Test (Conditional) and in a higher level English course senior year (ERWC, AP or IB). If score is between 19 - 21 and not in a higher level English course in your senior year, we highly recommend taking the EPT to test out of remediation.
  • A score of 500 or above on the Critical Reading section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test
  • A score of 22 or above on the ACT English Test
  • A score of 3 or above on the Language Comprehension or Literature exam of the College Board Advanced Placement Program
  • Completed transferable college course that satisfies the requirement of English Comprehension with a grade of C or better

You can register for the EPT at https://ept-elm.ets.org/.

For more exemptions, visit the University Testing Center

Entry Level Mathematics Test (ELM)

The ELM is designed to assess the skill levels of entering CSU students in the areas of mathematics typically covered in three years of rigorous college preparatory mathematics courses in high school. Those undergraduates who do not demonstrate college-level skills will be directed to courses or programs designed to help them attain these skills. Contact University Testing Services at (657) 278-3838 for additional testing information.

Exemptions from the ELM:

  • Placement in "Ready for CSU college level math courses" or "Ready for CSU college level Math courses - Conditional" categories on the Early Assessment Program (EAP) Mathematics.
  • SAT score of 490 - 540 on the Math section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test (Conditional) and in a higher level Math course senior year. If score is between 490 - 540 and not in a higher level Math course in your senior year, we highly recommend taking the ELM to test out of remediation.
  • ACT score of 20 - 22 on the Math section of the ACT Test (Conditional) and in a higher level Math course senior year. If score is between 20 - 22 and not in a higher level Math course in your senior year, we highly recommend taking the ELM to test out of remediation
  • A score of 550 or above on the Math section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test
  • A score 550 or more on a mathematics subject test (level 1 or level 2)
  • A score of 23 or above on the ACT Math Test
  • Advanced Placement Program score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Math exam (Calculus AB, Calculus BC, or Statistics)
  • Completed transferable college course that fulfills requirement in quantitative reasoning

You can register for the EPT at https://ept-elm.ets.org/.

For more exemptions, visit the University Testing Center.

Mathematics Qualifying Examination (MQE)

All students planning to enroll in Math 130 (Short Course in Calculus), Math 135 (Business Calculus) or Math 150A (Analytic Geometry and Calculus) must take the Mathematics Qualifying Exam (MQE) or have a Mathematics Department approved exemption. No student will be enrolled in these mathematics courses unless he or she has already passed the MQE or is exempt. The examination scores are valid for two consecutive semesters. Contact University Testing Center at (657) 278-3838 for additional testing information.

Computer Science Placement Test

Students wishing to enroll in Computer Science 131 without first taking CPSC 103 and 121 (or equivalent) MUST take the placement test at one of the scheduled times. The test may be taken only once. Test scores are valid for two consecutive semesters. Contact the Computer Science Department at (657) 278-3700 for additional testing information.