Testing Center Services


What Are the EPT and ELM Examinations?

The California State University (CSU) requires new freshman and transfer applicants to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Mathematics Test (ELM) after admission and prior to enrollment in the CSU, unless the applicant is exempt based on scores earned on certain other examinations such as SAT or ACT, or certain college coursework. A full list of the exemptions can be found in the CSU ELM/EPT Information Bulletin.

The EPT and the ELM are not admission tests; instead, they determine eligibility to enroll in specific courses. If you are required to take the EPT and/or the ELM, but fail to do so, you will not be allowed to register for courses at Humboldt State or any other CSU campus.

How Do I Know If I Need To Take One or Both Of These Tests?

If you are a current applicant to Humboldt, you will be notified with your Letter of Admission if you need to take one or both tests. Humboldt applicants can also see if they need to take the test(s) by logging into their Student Center (Click on "Login to Student Center" and then on "Application Status").

EOP Students

First-time Freshmen admitted to the Educational Opportunity Program take a special offering of the EPT/ELM in the summer; refer to the Summer Bridge Packet regarding the ELM and EPT exams.

ELM/EPT Scores

English Placement Test (EPT) Score Requirements

EPT Score Required Courses
No score Must take English Placement Test before registering.
146 or below
Must complete either English 102 or 104 within one year from first term of enrollment at Humboldt.
Use the Directed Self Placement located at www.humboldt.edu/english/DSP to select the appropriate option

Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) Score Requirements

ELM Score (Test taken before 3/02) ELM Score (Test taken 3/02 and after) Required Courses
No score No score Must take Entry Level Mathematics exam before registering.
370 or below 35 or below Must take Math 40 (Elementary Algebra). After satisfactory completion of Math 40, must take Math 44 or Math 103i/43.*
380-470 36 - 41 Must take Math 40 (Elementary Algebra) or Math 42 (Beginning Algebra). Math 42 combines Elementary & Intermediate Algebra. After satisfactory completion of Math 40, must take Math 44 or Math 103i/43.* After satisfactory completion of Math 42, remediation is complete.
480-540 42 - 49 Must take Math 44 (Intermediate Algebra) or Math 103i/ 43.* After satisfactory completion of Math 44 or Math 103i/43, remediation is complete.
550 and above 50 and above No remediation required. Ready for GE math and/or Math 115.

*Math 103i (3 baccalaureate level units) and Math 43 (2 remedial units) are linked courses—they must be taken together—that satisfy both remedial math at the intermediate algebra level and GE math. They are not recommended for students in any Natural Resources or Science major, or for students in a major that requires another GE mathematics course.

Where and When Can I Take These Tests?

You may take the test(s) at any CSU campus. There are several testing dates from which to choose. You should check with the campus to which you have been admitted to determine the date by which you are required to have taken the EPT and/or ELM. Fall Humboldt applicants must take the EPT/ELM no later than the May test offering.

Out-of-state students can call 1-925-808-2142 or email csuoutofstate@ets.org for information. There is an additional fee for testing outside the state of California.

How Can I Prepare For These Tests?

The CSU Office of the Chancellor has a website: http://www.csusuccess.org where students can take online practice tests as well as get information on the Early Assessment Program (EAP).

Sample questions are provided in the CSU ELM/EPT Information Bulletin.

Register for EPT/ELM Examination at ETS.org.

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