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Entry Level Mathematics (ELM)
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Bullet Point ELM General Information

Bullet Pointt ELM Test Registration Information

Bullet Point ELM Test Dates

Bullet Point ELM Test Scores

Bullet Point ELM Sample Questions  

Bullet Point ELM Exemptions

 

 

 

Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) General Information

All new undergraduate students entering the California State University are hr contactrequired to take the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) except those who qualify for an exemption. If you are not exempt, you must take the ELM and provide scores to the university prior to beginning your first semester of enrollment. Failure to take the ELM prior to registering for your first semester will result in your not being allowed to enroll at the CSU.

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.

The ELM examination contains 50 multiple-choice questions. Students are allotted 90 minutes to complete the test. Because the ELM is a placement test, "cut scores" determine what courses students must attend. The cut score for the ELM is 50, on a scale that goes from a lowest possible score of 0 to a highest possible score of 80.

Calculators are not allowed for the ELM placement test. The questions on the ELM do not require involved computations. Rather, the placement test includes problems that emphasize quantitative reasoning and problem solving.

The test content of the ELM emphasizes working with numbers and data, the connections between algebra and geometry, and problem solving. The test provides the major geometric formulae for reference because its purpose is to assess understanding of mathematical concepts and problem solving skills rather than recall of facts and equations.

The ELM examination is given in conjunction with the English Placement Test (EPT). Students may take the test at the most convenient CSU campus. Go to the CSU EPT/ELM Information Bulletin for a complete list of ELM and/or EPT test dates and registration procedures on all the CSU campuses.


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Exemptions from the ELM

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The CSU Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) must be completed by all entering undergraduates, with the exception of those who present proof of one of the following:

Bullet Point A score of "Exempt" or "Ready for college-level Mathematics courses" on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP), taken in grade 11 in conjuction with the California Standards Test in Summative High School Mathematics or Algebra II
Bullet Point A score of "Conditionally ready for college-level Mathematics courses" or "Conditional" on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP), taken in grade 11 along with the California Standards Test in Summative High School Mathematics or Algebra II, provided successful completion of a CSU-approved 12th grade math course that require Algebra II as a prerequisite
Bullet Point A score of 550 or above on the mathematics section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test
Bullet Point A score of 550 or above on a College Board SAT Subject Test in Mathematics (level 1 or level 2)
Bullet Point A score of 23 or above on the American College Testing (ACT) Mathematics Test
Bullet Point A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Calculus AB or Calculus BC exam
Bullet Point A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Statistics examination
Bullet Point 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

If you have any questions about being exempt from the ELM, check with the Admissions and Records Service Center, Langsdorf Hall - room 114 or call (657) 278-7601.

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ELM Test Dates

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The Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) examination is given in conjunction with the English Placement Test (EPT). Students may take the test at the most convenient CSU campus. Go to the www.ets.org/csu for online registation at any CSU campus.

California State University, Fullerton ELM Test Dates

Test Date
Deadline Dates (by 5 pm)
Week Scores Mailed
February 8, 2014
January 24, 2014
March 3, 2014
March 15, 2014 February 28, 2014 April 7, 2014
April 5, 2014 March 21, 2014 April 28, 2014
April 19, 2014 April 4, 2014 May 26, 2014
May 3, 2014
April 18, 2014
May 26, 2014

NOTE: Test registration may close early if maximum seating capacity is reached.

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ELM Test Registration Information

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The Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam is given in conjunction with the English Placement Test (EPT). Students may take the ELM at the most convenient CSU campus. Go to www.ets.org/csu for online registration at any CSU campus.

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ELM Test Scores

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The CSU Early Start initiative requires students who do not perform well on the EPT/ELM placement tests or are not exempt by other means to take classes in the summer before freshman year in order to strengthen their English and/or math skills. Students who score below 50 on the ELM will be required to participate in Early Start. For information on the Early Start Program visit www.csusuccess.org. Additional information about Early Start can be found at http://www.fullerton.edu/admissions/ProspectiveStudent/earlystart.asp.

 

 

 

 

 

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