1. What is the Entry Level Math (ELM) requirement?
The ELM requirement 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 undergraduate students who do not demonstrate college-level skills are directed to remedial math courses designed to help them attain these skills.
2. What is the ELM exam and who needs to take it?
The CSU has developed the ELM exam, a math placement test, in order to determine which students are ready to enroll in college level math courses. Students must take the ELM exam unless they can present proof of one of the following:
3. What's on the ELM exam?
The ELM exam focuses on working with numbers and data; the connections between algebra and geometry; and problem-solving.
4. How long is the ELM exam?
The ELM contains 50 multiple-choice questions. Students are allotted 90 minutes to complete the test. Calculators are not allowed during the ELM exam.
5. When should students take the ELM exam?
Students should wait for the first scheduled test administration after they have been admitted unless instructed differently by the campus that admits them. Students must satisfy the ELM Requirement before they can enroll in college-level math courses.
6. How do students register for the ELM Exam?
The ELM is administered at the CSU campuses. Students should reference the ELM Website
for registration information.
7. Why does the CSU encourage students to take mathematics in their senior year of high school?
Students who complete their last math course in their junior year or earlier often have difficulties with the required college-level mathematics courses and with the ELM requirement.
8. What is the Early Assessment Program (EAP)?
The EAP is the result of collaboration among the California Department of Education (CDE), State Board of Education (SBE), and California State University (CSU). The EAP has been developed to align the competencies required of incoming freshmen with the K-12 standards in English-language arts and mathematics. It is offered at all public California high schools when students take the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in the 11th grade.
9. Why should eleventh-grade students take the CAASPP seriously?
Performing well on the assessments will give students the opportunity to:
- Earn an exemption for the CSU required mathematics/English placement test.
- Identify the need for additional preparation for English and/or math coursework.
- Adjust senior-year coursework to prepare for college-level courses.
- Avoid having to invest time and money in college remediation courses that do not count toward a baccalaureate degree.
10. How and when do students participate in EAP
Grade eleven students participating in the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment will receive CAASPP results. CAASPP results will be used as the student’s EAP status. Marking the release button at the end of the test will allow students to send their CAASPP results to the CSU and/or the CCC. The release of the results does not affect the student’s application for admission. Results are only used to determine placement of students after they have been admitted to the university.